sudo - Execute a command with superuser privileges.

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Why is gksu asking me for root password and not my password?

On one of my systems, I'm running Gentoo Linux and I've installed x11-libs/gksu-2.0.2-r1. I've disabled the root account using sudo passwd -dl root and I want to be able to run GUI apps which need ...
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Difference between adding sudo user with adduser or gpasswd

To add a new sudo user I believe I can call: # to create a new user sudo adduser newusername and to allow this user to use sudo I can do: sudo adduser newusername sudo or sudo gpasswd -a ...
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sudo cannot open /etc/sudoers

sudo does not work. I have installed Arch Linux onto a USB key formatted with BTRFS. The output of sudo is: $ sudo sudo: unable to stat /etc/sudoers: Permission denied sudo: no valid sudoers sources ...
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Security of sudo not asking for a password after the first time

After using sudo and entering a password to do so, sudo remembers that we have entered a password and we do not have to enter a password the next time we use it. I am concerned about the possibility ...
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Applications not starting with sudo

I'm using Linux Mint 17 (Qiana) in my Oracle Virtual Box. Whenever I try to open an application with sudo, it is not working. For eg. if I try to open sublime text editor using the command sudo subl ...
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LD_LIBRARY_PATH always blank after sudo

I get shared library errors whenever I seem to install software manually. Upon executing echo $LD_LIBRARY_PATH it shows up as.. nothing. I've tried adding /usr/local/lib to a .conf file in ...
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ssh with -Y results in “shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories…”

I ran an X app sudo'ed from my normal account, using: mylappy$ ssh -Y me@myhost.com me@myhost.com's password: [me@myhost ~]$ sudo su - [root@myhost ~]# su - me -c 'xauth list' |\ grep `echo ...
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Run a command a as a certain user and multiple groups with sudo

I am trying to allow an normal user to run some applications under other UIDs for process separations. The applications should run with certain groups permissions (like audio or cdrom). In the ...
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Parallels on Mac - can no longer sudo within Ubuntu

I have been using Parallels on my Mac to run Ubuntu for a couple of weeks and it's been fine. Today I tried to install a package and received the following error: {user} is not in the sudoers ...
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executing command as su

I am executing this command as su. I have made the connection with SSH (using sshNet), and then when I try to set the command su -, I get no response. I have the password and the command I would like ...
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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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Apt-get, no sudoers file

I am trying to install a module using apt-get. For that I do the following: sudo apt-get install But I get the following error: sudo: can't stat /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory sudo: no ...
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Some index files failed to download - Linux Mint 17.1 Cinnamon

Running sudo apt-get update i get the following error message: ... Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com rebecca/upstream Translation-en_US Ign http://packages.linuxmint.com rebecca/upstream ...
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Why isn't this directory being added to my PATH when I use sudo?

Ive just compiled and installed apache webserver from sources, and now I want to add the apachectl script to PATH I know I need to add the directory to the root user's PATH (as the script needs to be ...
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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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NOEXEC and RESTRICT in sudoers

I understand the script below has a serious problem, and NOEXEC and RESTRICT are not enough as a solution to this. user ALL=(ALL) /usr/bin/vim /etc/httpd/confs/httpd.conf However, I still have some ...
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Prompting for a password on sudo?

I'm creating users using Puppet. Here's the gist of what I'm doing in Puppet: user { 'ntkay': name => 'ntkay', uid => 10000, home => '/home/ntkay', managehome => true, ...
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Call sudo from Jenkins

I have one build machine which has a user abc which is has limited sudo access. When I check out the source code and run my build script, it works fine. The build script contains sudo calls for which ...
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sudo -i returns an error [closed]

When I try to switch to root using sudo -i i get the error /var/tmp/sclDvf3Vx: line 8: -i: command not found... However, su - works which I will continue to use. I'm by no means a linux system ...
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User without a password - how can one login into that account from a non-root account

I have just started to use Scientific Linux (7.0) (although I assume this question might be distribution neutral..). The kernel version is 3.10.0-123.20.1.el7.x86_64. Coming back to my question. I ...
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How could we allow non-root users to control a system.d service?

With sysvinit, a sudoers entry like this would suffice: %webteam cms051=/sbin/service httpd * This would allow for commands such as: sudo service httpd status sudo service httpd restart Now, ...
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Can I restrict sudoer nopasswd to directory?

Maybe I should rephrase - what is the most secure way to accomplish my needs? Details I am using WinSCP to modify my Apache document_root. The directory /var/www/html has an owner and group of root. ...
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sudo chown -R www-data & userexample /home/example/uploads

when typing in PuTTY sudo chown -R www-data /home/example/uploads My website is displayed but I cannot access my FTP but when typing sudo chown -R example /home/example/uploads I can access my FTP but ...
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Mutiple commands after sudo in one line

I want to execute multiple commands after a sudo command su - appuser -c "cd /apps/bundle/bundle-client/bin ; export BDL_WEB_USER=not_used ; export BDL_WEB_PASSWORD=not_used ; ./bundle -b ...
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executing if-statement from command prompt

In bash I can do the following: if [ -f /tmp/test.txt ]; then echo "true"; fi However, if I add sudo in front, it doesn't work anymore: sudo if [ -f /tmp/test.txt ]; then echo "true"; fi -bash: ...
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Vim Error E138: Can't write viminfo file $HOME/.viminfo!

I'm afraid I've run into something rather strange. When I open a file normally, vim README.txt, everything is fine. But upon sudo vim README.txt, the file renders blank, and gives me a E138: Can't ...
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apache user cannot sudo while running via httpd

I have a requirement where an web application (php) must run a script on another server. I tested running the remote script as apache user by sudo-ing to the apache user via the root user. The script ...
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Script using sudo works from a terminal but not from a desktop shortcut

I create small script to mount encfs filesystem. just like this: #!/bin/bash kdialog --password "Wprowadź hasło do SSH lub ENTER żeby rozłączyć:" > /home/maciek/Pobrane/pass-1 sudo encfs -S ...
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sudo with original profile

I need to launch an app with root privileges, but the app requires access to the original user's profile....so just using sudo to start the app results in the app starting incorrectly. How can I ...
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grep with variable

I am trying to create a script to monitor all logins using sudo, both success and failure. Right now, I have: set tdate = $(date "+%b %d") set attempted_su_log = /var/log/suattempts cat ...
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How to specify regular expression for command arguments in sudoers

sudoers(5) manpage says that shell-style wildcards (aka meta or glob characters) could be used in command line arguments in the sudoers file. They are *, ?, [...] and [!...]. My idea is to use some ...
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sudo in non-interactive script

I have a script that executes three functions: A && B && C. Function B needs to be run as a super-user, while A and C doesn't. I have several solutions but neither of these is ...
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Bash function for piping data into protected file [duplicate]

I wanted to create a .bashrc function that would simplify passing data to a write-protected file. function pipe { sudo bash -c "$1" } Unfortunately the command pipe echo something > ...
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SUDO_USER undefined in sudo manual - clarification would be lovely

The following statement appears early in the sudoers manual, it refers to the "SUDO_USER environment variable" but the manual does not define it: If sudo is run by root and the SUDO_USER ...
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Secure way to allow any user to run programs in specific network namespace

I have a cell modem connected to my server that I want to use as a means to get notification emails out when the landline dies. To nicely separate normal network access and this exceptional cell ...
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exclude commands from user's sudo permissions

Consider the following line in a /etc/sudoers file: username ALL=(ALL) ALL, !/usr/bin/passwd as far as I know, this allows user username to use sudo, unless he not uses /usr/bin/passwd. But ...
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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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How do I use my own local text editor to modify system (requires root to save) files on a remote system?

I've recently fallen in love with github's Atom text editor, and I enjoy using it for all my local coding and configuration. I started to maintain a Nagios installation for several dozen servers and ...
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Sandbox an account and prevent it from any system modifications

I am trying to sandbox a user account to the point where it cannot edit or view any files beyond a certain folder, namely /home/user/test. This account will be compiling and running a C++ program that ...
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Restore sudo privileges

Trying to install tor-browser, I screwed up my sudo privileges when I tried to take ownership of a directory. Now I get a message: sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit ...
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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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Why does sudo ask for a password?

USER@notebook:~/foo/notebook$ sudo /usr/bin/mplayer /home/USER/foo/notebook/something.mp3 [sudo] password for USER: USER@notebook:~/foo/notebook$ USER ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/mplayer ...
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Stay at same working directory when changing to sudo

When working on the command line, I often change to sudo using sudo -i. However, my working directory changes automatically to /root. I never want to go there; I want to stay where I was! How can I ...
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How to execute changes on remote server as root?

I'm wondering if there is a way to execute a script/commands from the the local machine without making any modifications as root on the remote machine? Some background I'm trying to setup some tasks ...
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Copying protected files between servers in one line?

I'd like to copy squid.conf from one server to another. The servers don't talk to each other. I'd like to go through my workstation. Both servers have the file, so it will be overwritten on the ...
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How can I make sudo forget the password automatically after one command?

My problem is the following: I want to edit a file that is only readable by root. That's why I use sudo vim ~/thefile I could type sudo -K after exiting vim, but I was hoping that there's an ...
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Is it possible to capture SSH+sudo output locally without writing the hostname and [sudo] lines?

Is it possible, when locally writing output from SSH command execution, to suppress the hostname and [sudo] lines? For instance, when I SSH into a server and run sudo <command> it displays ...
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Is there a sudoedit equivalent for vimdiff?

I'm trying to get into the habit of editing root-owned files with sudoedit, instead of sudo vim. This has a few advantages, one of which is that it uses my user's ~/.vimrc. Is there an equivalent, ...
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Different password for login and sudo - security concerns

I'm planning to follow the steps described in this answer to have a different password to log in and sudo. The reason is that I want a high security password to access my account or unblock the ...