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

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Running some parts of a script as an unprivileged user with shell environment

I am creating an instance configuration script that sets up a machine. I am running the script via sudo i.e. sudo run.sh. Most of the steps require root access but some of the script's steps do no ...
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Sudo Su automated login

I want to automate the login process with sudo su. I have seen lot of questions on these, but none of them are working for me. Automate login with sudo and su Here's my what I tried so far echo "...
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Why root does not source .bash_profile?

Everytime I try to login as root using su (not su -), it doesn't source .bash_profile in user1's home directory. Basically my /var/root directory doesn't have .bash_profile, so I put a copy of ....
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Script to su -c into a screen is not working as intended

I'm working on a script that will allow me to load up a screen from a user via sudo and su -c. However, when I use it, it will just show the shell of the user: sudo su -c "script /dev/null; screen -r ...
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Can't switch to a specific system account with su

I can't switch to user jenkins on an OpenVZ container. There is still a jenkins process running, which was started by this user. I tried # su jenkins; it does not switch to the jenkins user. There is ...
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Why doesn't `sudo su -l -c “java”` work even though `sudo su -l -c “echo $PATH”` displays the location of the java binary? [duplicate]

I have a server with Java binaries from a tarball on a custom location, and the following in /etc/bash.bashrc: export JAVA_HOME=/path/to/java/home export PATH=$JAVA_HOME/bin:$PATH When I run sudo ...
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SUID accidently removed from /bin/su file

It is a production server - CENTOS 6.1 Some user having root access in the past had logged on to the server and removed the SUID bit from the /bin/su file and then exited root. Now we are not able to ...
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Any special permission ssh remote command working on fifo file(aka named pipe)?

I need to redirect some strings to a fifo file with ssh remote command, but always got permission denied, the command I executed is: ssh rundeck@nagios1 sudo su - root -c 'printf "...
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Maintaining the Current Style of the Command Prompt After Using 'su?'

When I use the su command in OS X's Terminal — say, to quickly switch to an administrator account to mount a drive using diskutil — the style of the command prompt changes. ...
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provide password for script begin called inside another script [duplicate]

I have written a shell script which in turn calls another script, but the second one prompts for password. I want to supply the password and pass the prompt without user begin notified. Here is my ...
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su or sudo keeping/removing certain environment variables

I would like to be able to log in as another user and keep most, but not all of my environment. Specifically, I would like to set $HOME to the correct value for the new user, but keep probably ...
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How to switch user with pre-configured credentials in SSH Terminal after logging in as standard user

I was wondering how to execute a command file where: After logging in as a standard user, I want to switch user to "username" with password being "password", I can successfully execute the command.txt ...
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shell scripting and running after switching to other user

I have the following commands that I want to have them all in one shell file: su – s3 lizinfo.sh –b when the first linex executes, it prompts and the command prompt become like as below: -bash-3....
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Ubuntu CentOS RHEL cross bash script su support

I know that title was a little ambiguous. Allow me to explain our issue. We designed an installer script on Ubuntu since Debian based systems are our primary core, however, some of our cloud based ...
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Is there a way to see which user is logged into the system and has switched with “su”?

There are many person that may have access to the system and use a common user with more grants. How can I see which user is running a command? is there a way to use "ps" for that?
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What is the need for `fakeroot` command in linux

Why do we need fakeroot command at all? Can't we simply use the sudo or su commands? The man page says: fakeroot - run a command in an environment faking root privileges for file manipulation ...
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Is it possible to write a script that run su or sudo command without typing password? [duplicate]

Is it possible to write a script that run su or sudo command without typing password?. I googled and its said that su doesn't read password from buffer. So is there any solution?
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Bash script class path issue with java

Content of /opt/scripts/jvm/jvm.script.sh #!/bin/bash JAVA_HOME='/java' PATH="$PATH:/$JAVA_HOME/bin" java -cp ./classes:./lib com.mystuff.bar.foo.myclass & Content of /etc/init.d/init.script.sh ...
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How to propagate TSTP while running a program as a different user

I'm running a terminal application via "su" in this fashion: su -c "/path/to/app --args" username This is done from a root context, and 'username' is a less privileged user in the system. The ...
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Is there a graphical sudo (kdesudo, gksudo, su-to-root, …) tool that works passwordless?

Apparently gksudo is not obeying /etc/sudoers, neither does kdesu. Therefore asking the other way around... Is there any su-to-root, gksudo, kdesudo, etc. alike tool, that supports starting gui ...
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Switch users with sudo or su in a shell script

I inherited this. Long story short I have an XML file that is calling a shell to run some commands. Everything I have tried has failed at the second su in the script. Here are some of the failure ...
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/etc/sudoers file help in giving access to all command in UNIX

/etc/sudoers file help in giving access to all command in UNIX. I read it has rules specified like #root ALL=(ALL|ALL):ALL that specifies root accesses. My question is when we execute a command ...
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Ubuntu runuser command?

I am creating a bash script that requires to run commands as a specific user. As a result I am using the command: runuser I have tested this script and it works perfectly in Ubuntu Server 14.10. ...
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Problem with either su username -c “./script.sh” and sudo -u username bash -c “./script.sh” and Java classpath

I am seeing some strange behavior that has led me to wonder how the environment differs when running either of these 2 commands, versus using su username and then running the commands as the user one ...
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Accidentally deleted /bin/su

I was working in /bin on my Ubuntu system and ended up deleting su via a typing error while trying to do other editing. So now I have no way of swapping back and forth between users and root. I have ...
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su cannot execute bin/bash/****

I installed Kali Linux on a VM machine and I cannot change my user to root from the terminal using su. The command sudo works fine but when I try to su, it says "cannot execute bin/bash/****(my user ...
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Permissions depending on how you login: ssh/su/sudo

As user I have access to a remote linux machine where I can: sudo su - other_user Among other things, this allows me to add my own public key to authorized_keys for other_user, which effectively ...
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su - -c 'll' other_user results in error, how can I run this other user's alias?

In current bash session, I just want to change to another user for some bash command. The command is aliased to some script defined in another user's .bashrc or .profile. Am I able to make it ...
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Some commands does not work in su envirorment

I have logged in to CentOS 5 machine with normal user and then I used su command to login as root user. Now commands like ifconfig, useradd, userdel are not working on machine and it gives command not ...
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What mechanism prevents any user from accessing any other user's files via root?

On a multi-user system, what protects against any user accessing any other users files via root? As context, the question is based on my understanding as follows: There are two commands related to ...
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Understanding a couple of points regarding root privileges

I just wanted to confirm my understanding of a couple of things related to root privileges. Is it correct that: The user name "administrator" is not a reserved name with implied privileges, it is ...
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Is it possible to set the users .gitconfig (for git config --global) dynamically?

I have the problem, that we login to the systems as our own users johndoe and then have to do a sudo su - root to be able to do administrative tasks. We have the system config files in a git ...
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how to write a script that will run commands after su, without using -c

I'm trying to automate a standard activity on a system I do not have root access on. The administrator of the systems have given me authority to run sudo su - 'user' command, and only that command. ...
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Why can't I login in as the ftp user?

After installing vsftpd I have the user ftp on my system. I assigned a password to this account. However, I still cannot login as the ftp user (on the command line, without any ftp-protocol involved). ...
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Permission denied when trying to run script as other user

I'm trying to run a script as another user that starts a piece of software (Etherpad), which is run like so (from root): su -c "/var/www/etherpad-lite/bin/run.sh" -s /bin/bash etherpad but I'm ...
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Getting the process-id out of command launched with “su -c”

I am running a java program inside a shell and writing the process-id to a text file. So when I do this: nohup java app.Main > /dev/null 2>&1 & echo $! > /var/run/app.pid It works. ...
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Why is the 'sudo' password different than the 'su root' password

On my personal machine, I often type sudo in front of certain commands in order to accomplish administrative tasks. I had hoped to avoid doing this throughout the day, by typing su root and providing ...
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What does su - `whoami` command do?

I am running a script in my project and I see this command su - `whoami` I am having a few basic questions: What does this command do ? What is the significance of `` quotes outside the whoami ...
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Is there a difference between sudo su - root and sudo -u root -H /bin/bash?

Like title says, is there a difference between these two commands : sudo su - root sudo -u root -H /bin/bash I'm using GNU/Linux, if that makes a difference.
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Difference between sudo -s and sudo su -

It might be a duplicate and I'm pretty sure I already show an answer to that somewhere, but I wondered what are the difference in term of right and variable and other stuff between sudo -s and sudo su ...
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What do I need in my script to be able to change ownership of a directory structure that belongs to root to the current user running the bash script?

My bash script has the following section: su root -c chown -R smithb:other /export/home/smithb/workspace/rootownsit/ exit The directory rootownsit and its two sub directories were created and is ...
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Use non-root user configuration for root account

When I work with the terminal and use su or sudo to execute a command with the root user's permissions, is it possible to apply the configuration of my "non-root user" (from which I am invoking su or ...
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Switching users without the - symbol

I had to switch to a different user earlier for something that I was working on. I have originally done: su support While I was successfully able to switch to support, I found I was unable to make ...
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.bash_profile not sourced when running su

I have a user, say user1, which has modifications to its .bash_profile, one of them changing the PATH, e.g.: export PATH=/some/place:$PATH. This change works fine if I log on as user1 or do a su - ...
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Does root not require a password to log in as a user?

Does root not require a password to log in as a user even though a password has been set for that user? When I am logged in as "root", su user logs me in as "user". There is no prompt for a password. ...
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Running GUI application as another (non-root) user

Let's say I have 2 user accounts user1 and user2. When I login as user1, and then switch to user2 using su, I can execute command-line programs, but GUI programs fail. Example: user1@laptop:~$ su - ...
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Error when running X11 application as root

I get this wierd error when I run applications as root. **(gedit:630): WARNING **: could not open X display No protocol specified Unable to init server (gedit:630): Gtk-WARNING **: Cannot open ...
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su not asking for password

My su does not ask for password. When I run su it simply logs me in to root. I tried su - root then it asks for password. Now, because of this kdesu runs applications with root rights without password....
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Making su ask for password multiple times

Is there some way to make su ask for the password again in case of a wrong password (just as sudo does)? Initially I thought of this: while ! su -c foo; do read -n 1 -p "Retry(y/n)?" ch if [[ "$...
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How do I switch user without any references to the old one?

A while back, when playing with unprivileged LXC, I discovered that the command to create a container failed if I used su to switch to the user, but it worked if I used ssh user@localhost to login. ...