su is a utility to run a shell or other command as another user (root by default).

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sudo permission denied but su grants permission

this is the first occurrence where su was required for me. I read an article about changing the value in /sys/devices/virtual/backlight/acpi_video0/brightness to alter my laptop's screen brightness. ...
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How to gain root privileges for specific user if we have root password? [closed]

Can someone suggest how can I change process privileges in Linux to root ? Assume, I have a normal process running under some user-consider me. Now my script should create some users using 'useradd' ...
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Can't run su after changing permissions to su file

I am running Linux Slackware 14.0. I wanted to allow to do su only to the members of wheel group, so I modified the permissions of /bin/su and /usr/bin/sudo files to this: bash-4.2# ls -la /bin/su ...
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How to allow to run su instantly after I added the user to the appropriate group

I have the su executable with the following permissions: bash-4.2# ls -la /bin/su -rws--s--- 1 root wheel 59930 Sep 14 2012 ./su When I am logged in as a user, not in the wheel group and try to ...
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Create a file as a different user and group

I have a bash script with downloads some files, and then needs to set the owner to apache, and the group to a particular user group (that apache is not a member of). Is there a way to create those ...
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how to ssh -Y and then su - <another user> and still forward X applications to your local machine

it is easy enough to 'fetch' (ie draw locally) a remotely running linux application: If I ssh -Y to the remote machine and run an application, that application will surely enough pop up in my local ...
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How does this su -c “…” command seem to pass two commands instead of one?

I am trying to understand the script below and I am confused about the su line. I understand the postgres command line arguments. when I do man su the manual says -c, --command=COMMAND ...
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I want to create a script so that I don't have to type su and password every time [closed]

I want to create a script so that I don't have to type su and the password for logging into root every time.
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Why can't we execute a list of commands as different user without sudo?

This question has been asked in a different way in other forums. But there has not been a decent explanation why you can't do the below in bash. #!/bin/bash command1 SWITCH_USER_TO rag command2 ...
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Avoid asking password if `su -m user command` is used under `user`?

If I run the script containing su -m user service userservice start under root user, I do not need to enter the password. But when I run it under user user, it asks passwords all the time. That really ...
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Is there any way to disable shutdowning remote machine?

I sometimes mistakenly shutdown the remote machine by using sudo init 0, so I wrote something like in one of my rc files: alias sudo='sudo ' if [ $SSH_CLIENT ]; then alias init 'echo Never use init ...
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Confused on user and su in linux

How could I run a script as a specific user (non-root)? As this? sudo su - john /usr/share/script.pl for user john?
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Staggering the authentication delay on failed `su` or `sudo` [duplicate]

I'm about to start my new job as a sysadmin and I've been thinking about implementing a cooldown feature on su or sudo. The cooldown prevents the user from using these commands for a few seconds after ...
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Setting umask for su root

In my user account I set the umask to be 022 with my .bashrc, but I want root to use a umask of 077 no matter how I become root (e.g., logging in directly as root on a tty or using sudo or su). If I ...
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ssh key authentication not working from network/if-up.d/ scripts

I have two nearly identical scripts in network/if-up that need to access SSH keys. Permissions on SSH private keys are 600, so how can my scripts access these keys? I would prefer to keep the SSH ...
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su: Permission denied despite correct password

In my new Gentoo installation, su doesn't work as my non-root user: After entering the correct password I get the message "su: Permission denied". What could be causing this? I have already tried ...
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Why doesn't “sudo su” in a shell script run the rest of the script as root?

A sample script can be as below: #!/bin/bash sudo su ls /root When using ./test.sh as the normal user, instead run ls as super user and exit, it switches to root; and when I logout, it executes ls ...
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Is there a way to switch to “su -” after switching users through “su”?

Maybe the title wasn't worded quite clear. But basically what I want to be able to do is to switch to having used "su -" instead of the traditional hyphenless "su" after already using "su" to switch ...
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can't ssh into remote host with root, password incorrect

I have a remote host, previously I can ssh into it with root and password ssh root@remote_host or I ssh into it first using a regular user account ssh esolve@remote_host and then su root and ...
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Which is the safest way to get root privileges: sudo, su or login?

I would like to have the root account in safety even if my unprivileged user is compromised. On Ubuntu you can only use sudo for "security reasons" by default. However I am not sure it is any safer ...
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su command with -p or -m flags

What is the difference between the following su commands? su -m su -p I know that both flags are used to preserve the current environment but I don’t know the differences if there are any.
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Understanding getlogin spoofing

My question is in three (or so) related parts: 1) My understanding is that getlogin() will effectively return the auid associated with the process and so isn't actually changable by the user. Is that ...
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Stop su from asking for a password

I am trying to run the following command as deploy from Java (the JVM is running as the user tomcat): sudo -u deploy /path/to/my/bash/script.sh PARAM1 PARAM2 My sudoers file has the following in ...
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New Terminal not works when we use su root

When I use su root and then use gnome-terminal I get warning ** (gnome-terminal:2677): WARNING **: Failed to connect to the session manager: None of the authentication protocols specified ...
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running multiple commands for su in bash

I would like to use su -c to run as root multiple commands altogether. I don't want to use an extra script for this. I tried the following su root -c "tcpdump -i wlan0 -s 1500 -w CCCCCC & " ...
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Two GUI applications as different users on the same screen

I am logged as user A. I want to run a GUI application as user B. User, not root. User B is local too, not remote, I only need different environment variables. I don't want to run the second X, I want ...
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Difference between sudo su - user and sudo -iu user [duplicate]

I was wondering if there were any difference (in environment ?) between doing sudo su - user and sudo -iu user From what I know: By using sudo su - user I open a new shell as user, and the ...
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Where does sudo get the currently logged in username from?

When I tried to "sudo su" instead of "sudo su -" after having been logged in as root and su-ing to another user, it tries to sudo me as the new user, but via root... When I type env, it shows still ...
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Using sudo in openSUSE without actually changing to root user (i.e., like in Ubuntu)

I recently started trying openSUSE 12.3 after having used Ubuntu for a few years. I'm still getting used to openSUSE's treatment of su (and sudo) vs. Ubuntu's use of sudo. I've been reading the ...
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How to su to www on OpenBSD?

I have a PHP script that I wish to run under the www account. The account has nologin as shell and is used by Apache. When I run "su -l www -s /bin/ksh" as root, I get the following message: This ...
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What does sudo su work but su does not? [duplicate]

I have tried this on Fedora and on Ubuntu. kshitiz@kshitiz:~$su su: Authentication failure kshitiz@kshitiz:~$sudo su root@kshitiz:/home/kshitiz# I am entering the same password in both the cases. ...
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Should I use `sudo` or `su` in a startup script?

I have a personal program, that has a server/client design. The server daemon part of it, should be run as its own limited user, and the program was not designed to drop its root privileges (if ...
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Setting the root password vs. sudo -i

Should one always set a root password, or is sudo -i acceptable? Two problems is in reading other posts (maybe junk I realize): sudo -i eliminates the need for a password. Isn't that a problem for ...
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Can't use su or sudo on Arch Linux

Sudo returns this error: sudo: effective uid is not 0, is sudo installed setuid root? And su - returns this: su: Authentication failure The user I'm using is a member of the following groups: ...
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How to stop users from Switching to Root user

I have disabled the root user login from Sshd.conf file so now no one can login using root user even if they know the password SOMEHOW. Now I have 3 users in server ROOT,EMERG and ORACLE. I want to ...
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SSH minimal rights user - su only [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating a UNIX account which only executes one command I am trying to setup a user account that only has as minimal rights as possible. The user should be able to log ...
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Why does “su -c <command> &” seemingly allow a command to run in the background without hanging up

I was helping a colleague who was having problems with a background process intermittently dying. I found out that they were starting the background process by logging in to the server and executing: ...
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Why doesn't su change the user ID of the shell from which it was run?

Instead, it starts a new shell process with the new user ID. The original shell is blocked until the new shell completes and su exits. Why does it work like this?
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How to invoke root privileges from a password prompt of “Software Update” window?

When I try to install software updates using the "Software Update" GUI, I am asked for the root password. Although, I can 'su' in a terminal, the password is not recognized as correct in the GUI ...
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How to use sudo in Fedora?

I use to be a fans of Ubuntu, when I want to execute a command as root user, I do this sudo blah_blah_blah. But in Fedora 16, it doesn't seem recognize this command. Any clue on this?
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script to switch users keep running? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Switching to superuser while shell script is running I need to switch users in a script and keep executing commands. I thought -c would help but i don't know how to use ...
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Ask root for password when using su command

I'm trying to edit /etc/sudoers via visudo, but I don't know how to change the root rights. I want root to be prompted for the user1's password, when he tries to use su user1.
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Shell script to become root

How can we write a shell script to become root? That is I donot want to input the password at prompt it should be within the script itself. I was trying to make but failed to do so.Is it possible, if ...
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su and redirection

The following line shows the principle of a construct which I can use under Red hat 5.5: $ echo "foo" | ssh myhost "echo \"cat <&1\" | su --login" foo Actually it was never clear to me why ...
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How to suppress su authentication failure warning?

I created an account "diag" and set it as expired (usermod --expiredate 1). Then I have a script which I want to run to log into it, so in the script I use the following command: su -s /bin/bash - ...
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su authentication failure after setting new password

I compiled a new kernel(3.2) and I have it running on an ARM board. I wanted to enable some params on the /proc directories. Therefore I have to be logged in as root. Hence I did the following on my ...
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Change user and load entire environment in shell script

I'm having some trouble with an upstart script of ours that changes user and starts up a few ruby daemon processes. In the past i would simply bash -c "do the business" -l someuser making sure to use ...
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Am I using bash after this ordeal?

On Mountain Lion, host Coguaro, I login as user coconutpowder using bash: Coguaro:~ coconutpowder$ echo $0 -bash I need to run a command with elevated privileges so I try to su switch to root but ...
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su-to-root fails when root user locked?

How might I use script /usr/bin/su-to-root after I have intentionally locked the root account? Running Debian GNU/Linux 6.0.5 "squeeze" and noticed menu item "System > Administration > Synaptic ...
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Allow paswordless user to change to another passwordless user

I have two users dev and tomcat neither of them have a password. How can I allow dev 1 do su - tomcat without having him having to enter any credentials? 1 connects with ssh keyfile