For developing a game server I want to git push my current stable to a private VPS. Inside the git-hook receive the following should happen

sudo systemctl stop myserver
dotnet publish --configuration release
sudo systemctl start myserver

Inside the myserver.service the compiled binary is run as the user that has access to the git-repository.

My idea now was to replace the first and last line by scripts owned by root and readable by everyone so the git-hook receive turns into

sudo stop-server.sh 
dotnet publish --configuration release
sudo start-server.sh

As a final step I want to allow the user privileges to sudo-invoke both scripts but nothing else. In addition the scripts executed without having sudo ask for the users password since there is no interaction possible.


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You can append the following to /etc/sudoers (or create a new file inside /etc/sudoers.d/):

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

That would make running sudo /path/to/script as the <username> user passwordless. Note that it is insecure if the contents of the script can be modified by a malicious user, and you are better off trying to avoid needing root privileges altogether.

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