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I too made somre prety stupid mistakes on RetroPie w/ the chown and chmod commands. The Linux system (and especially the sudo command) is pretty picky when it comps to ownership rights etc.

As for your sudo problem see this link:

chown root:root /etc/sudoers 
chmod 440 /etc/sudoers
chown -R root:root /etc/sudoers.d
chmod  755 /etc/sudoers.d 
chmod  440 /etc/sudoers.d/*

If you’re as unlucky as I was then you might run into some more troubles when other parts of the Linux system start noticing that you messed up the rights in the /etc/ folder.

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