I am really a unix newbie with scattered experience in various areas. Probably that will work!
(though because unix uses the CRYPT command to generate a passwd, and crypting nothing still gives a big string.. I dunno now)
(I just knew I could copy it so I used that)
the file /private/etc/sudoers is a file Not to touch for unix newbies!
(Like I was)
This file is accesible by default only to the root user.
But, as we all know, Apple has CONVINIENTLY locked the root users password!
So I figured, hmm- sudo, sudoers?
And I tried
sudo chmod 777...