How to make a non root user to view the hardware time other than
hwclock command in centos 7
My requirement is to make a non root user to view the time alone
One could setup a sudo rule to allow the execution of
hwclock without any arguments:
%sudo ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /sbin/hwclock ""
Or grant read access to the RTC character device:
$ groups johnny sudo staff $ sudo setfacl -m g:sudo:r /dev/rtc $ /sbin/hwclock Sun 18 Dec 2016 03:16:37 PM PST -0.318689 seconds
This may have to be set after every reboot, as
/dev is most likely volatile these days. I suppose an
udev rule could handle this too.
systemd-based systems, the timedatectl command is able to get the hardware clock w/o special permissions:
$ timedatectl | head -3 Local time: Sun 2016-12-18 15:43:08 PST Universal time: Sun 2016-12-18 23:43:08 UTC RTC time: Sun 2016-12-18 23:43:08