I saw

I have access to sudo. I tried

[ec2-user@ip-172-99-99-99 Weekly Report]$ sudo su - jenkins
Last login: Tue Jan 29 20:26:37 UTC 2019 on pts/0
Last failed login: Tue Jan 29 20:32:30 UTC 2019 on pts/0
[ec2-user@ip-172-99-99-99 Weekly Report]$ id; whoami
uid=500(ec2-user) gid=500(ec2-user) groups=500(ec2-user),10(wheel)
[ec2-user@ip-172-99-99-99 Weekly Report]$ touch tmp.txt
touch: cannot touch ‘tmp.txt’: Permission denied
[ec2-user@ip-172-99-99-99 Weekly Report]$ ls -ld .
drwxr-xr-x 7 jenkins jenkins 4096 Jan 28 09:00 .

I need to execute commands as the Jenkins user to troubleshoot Maven issues.

  • Does the jenkins user share a uid (500) with ec2-user?
    – Jeff Schaller
    Jan 29, 2019 at 20:42
  • No they don't. From /etc/passwd: ec2-user:x:500:500:EC2 Default User:/home/ec2-user:/bin/bash\n jenkins:x:498:497:Jenkins Automation Server:/var/lib/jenkins:/bin/false
    – Chloe
    Jan 30, 2019 at 23:38

2 Answers 2


From your comment the default shell is set to /bin/false

As the user jenkins you can use chsh to change this permanently.

Alternatively if you don't want to perminantly change it you can just run bash as jenkins with:

sudo -u jenkins /bin/bash -l

This worked.

sudo su -s /bin/bash jenkins

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