I just need to restart tor service at startup the script is simple as that :


sudo service tor restart

But I want to execute it without taking my password at every startup.

I followed these posts : https://askubuntu.com/questions/425754/how-do-i-run-a-sudo-command-inside-a-script/425990

and I changed my sudoers file with this :

username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /path/to/script

But as I try to execute it in terminal, the script always ask me for password. I also try the others answers in this post but as that post as no validation I didn't find a solution. If someone have a solution ?

  • What operating system are you using? If Linux, what distribution? If this needs to be run at startup, why don't you just set the tor service to start on boot? – terdon Mar 15 '18 at 18:15
  • Please edit your question and clarify what you need. Do you just want tor to be started every time the machine reboots? – terdon Mar 15 '18 at 18:21
  • @terdon I find an answer and I think the question can help the community. The reason why I ask this question is minor and I think touch less people. And I learned things :) – Gy0m Mar 15 '18 at 18:38
  • OK, but the answer you got is really not a good way of starting a service at boot, if that's what you want. It means any user on the system will be able to restart tor with no password. For a cleaner way, see How to write startup script for systemd – terdon Mar 15 '18 at 19:09
  • Thanks, that's a good point. I use service tor with FoxyProxy in Firefox. For a reason I don't know I need to restart service tor if I want to load pages with FoxyProxy enabled by default. But if I understand the answer, my service tor start one time and just after restart with my username and just allowed for service tor. This could be another post. – Gy0m Mar 15 '18 at 19:25

The line

username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /path/to/script

gives username the right to run the script with sudo, as in

$ sudo /path/to/script

If you want the user to be able to restart tor specifically, with sudo in the script, use

username ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: /usr/sbin/service tor restart

Now the script may do

sudo /usr/sbin/service tor restart

Note that this command has to correspond exactly to the sudo configuration.

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  • When I save the sudoers file it says that there is a syntax error at the line I did modifications – Gy0m Mar 15 '18 at 18:12
  • @Gy0m The path to the command has to be specified exactly. I have updated the answer. – Kusalananda Mar 15 '18 at 18:20
  • Yes, that is the right answer now it load without asking the password :) I have a last interrogation : is it safe to do that ? – Gy0m Mar 15 '18 at 18:22
  • @Gy0m Note that the script will have to use the exact same command with sudo. – Kusalananda Mar 15 '18 at 18:22
  • This way works perfectly for my intention, but I'm also asking myself about security issue that could happened as terdon says – Gy0m Mar 15 '18 at 19:28

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