I use the following script (based on code here) to reboot to windows, so I can stop kicking myself every time I start daydreaming and miss the boot menu.

ENTRY=$( grep Windows /boot/grub2/grub.cfg | head -n 1 | cut -d"'" -f2 )
echo Rebooting to \"$ENTRY\"
sudo grub2-reboot "$ENTRY" && reboot

However I need sudo and have to type a password or I get this:

/usr/bin/grub2-editenv: error: cannot open ‘/boot/grub2/grubenv’: Permission denied.

It's a symlink, /boot/grub2/grubenv -> /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubenv, and owned by root.

The command reboot works just fine as a regular user in Fedora 23. How can I make grub2-reboot work as well, but in a secure way?

I was thinking something along the lines of a stick bit on grub2-editenv, but that doesn't sound good. A sticky bit on my script won't work (a good thing). Changing permissions on the file /boot/efi/EFI/fedora/grubenv would work but might open up more possibilities than intended.

1 Answer 1


I see two possibilities:

  • Use sudo, but configure it so that this command will not ask you password (using NOPASSWD option)

  • Set root as the owner of the script and setuid the script: chown root.root script ; chmod u+s script

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