The sudo command is a program for some Unix and Unix-Like operating systems, that allows a user to execute programs with the security privileges of another user. Typically those of a superuser or the root user.

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Preventing execution of sudo rm -rf /*

Do any Linux distros prevent the execution of sudo rm -rf /* so that people do not accidentally delete their hard drives if they did not know what they are doing?
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Let a user to run a command as a member of a group he does not belong to, using `sudoers`

How can I let a user U to run a command /usr/bin/C as a member of a group G (while he does not belong to the group G), using sudoers on Debian Wheezy?
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Change the sudo su shell

Whenever I run sudo su from my normal zsh (which uses the oh-my-zsh framework), I'm forced to use the old Bourne shell (sh) by default (obviously; this is standard behaviour on most *nix-like ...
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How can I add myself to the wheel group without using Sudo or Root commands?

Right now I am sitting at work with the task to attempt to bypass permissions and do anything I shouldn't be able to. I have nothing but a standard User and Terminal. I don't know the administrator ...
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Set timezone for sudo'ed commands

When running as a user, I like to have times printed relative to myself, so I have the TZ environment variable set. But then for example "sudo /etc/init.d/nginx restart" causes nginx to be run in my ...
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Chmod not working on /var/www/

I am running an Ubuntu 11.10 x86 VPS. I have given a user sudo privileges, and for some reason I cannot recursively chmod /var/www/. I am running Nginx with php-fpm, although that shouldn't matter. ...
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tarballing a git branch to a remote server using a sudoer

I have this compound command working for the root user and have been jumping through hoops trying to get it to work for a sudoer (rsa keys, echoing the pwd, supressing tty etc) but I can't seem to get ...
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After rebooting, why doesn't sudo prompt for password when I try to start MySQL server?

I'm having a minor problem, and I'm hoping someone can help me understand why my system behaves this way. By the way, I'm a MySQL + Terminal newbie, so please go easy on me! I've done some due ...
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Can I install Homebrew without sudo privileges?

Homebrew nicely allows package installations without sudo privileges, but it seems that I need admin privileges to install Homebrew itself. I'd like to install Homebrew in a Mac environment where I ...
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Should you install sudo even if you're the only person using the server?

Should you install and configure sudo even if you're the only person using the server and the only admin?
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Allow user to use sudo command has multiple ways, which one is better?

I am a Linux Newbie, just learning it and using Debian 7.0 Wheezy. I have seen two methods to allow user to use sudo One is to use visudo to modify /etc/sudoers and add following username ALL=(ALL) ...
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How to a sudo command which keeps all environment variables

Example command is as follows, run as a normal user which python /home/me/env/development/python because the PATH environment contains a path that points out to this instance of python (instead to ...
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Why does 'which' give incorrect result?

I am executing on a Ubuntu 12.04 shell the following command: sudo bash -c "echo $PATH; which python" which displays something like ...
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Added user as sudoer but still prompted for password after ssh key-based login authentication

This unanswered question is similar to mine except my situation is simpler. After successfully logging in as user ubtuntu with ssh, any sudo command prompts for the user's password with: [sudo] ...
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why can't a user without root privlidges still sudo -u as himself?

I was writing a simple script that had to be run as 'user'. I run it half the time as myself and half the time when su as the user, so to save time I wrote it as sudo -u user ./doStuff but this ...
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Change owner of the root folder and subfolders (Ubuntu 13.04)

I accidentally set owner of root folder (/) and all subfolders to one user by command $ sudo chown -R 'userName' /* Now I wanna set owner back to root user by command $ chown -R root:root /* But ...
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Moved /lib64 to /backup_lib64 using sudo, now sudo doesn't work on CentOS6.4

I did sudo mv /lib64 /backup_lib64 to test some compilation. Now sudo doesn't work at all farhat@heracles:~/software/sudo-1.8.7$ sudo ls sudo: unable to dlopen /usr/libexec/sudoers.so: (null) ...
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Why can I only run 'sudo node' and not just 'node'?

I just got a new macbook and installed node.js using the official installer. For some reason I can only run node.js using sudo node and not just node. I double checked the $PATH and the path to node ...
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sudo -k vs. sudo -K

I know what the man page has to say about the -K and -k : ‑K The ‑K (sure kill) option is like ‑k except that it removes the user's cached credentials entirely and may not be used in ...
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How can I list all users who can su into a generic account

I have a generic account several users can su into, I however would like to find the name of all users who can do this. Thanks, Oscar
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OS 10 - How to keep my account superuser?

I'm not using root on my macbook, so almost every time I will get some permission error which reminds me of adding 'sudo'. But it's so awkward. Is there any way to get around this issue? Can I make my ...
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Sudo password not required? OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

I recently upgraded to a Macbook Pro Retina running OS X 10.8.3. I was going through the process of installing various command line tools when I noticed that it wasn't asking for my root password when ...
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Why there is no sudoers file: “/etc/sudoers: No such file or directory”?

I am trying to add a new admin user, but: # adduser username admin adduser: The user `username' does not exist. # man sudoers No manual entry for sudoers # less /etc/sudoers /etc/sudoers: No ...
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How to edit a remote file with implicit su-ing to another user on remote host

I want to edit files on Unix/Linux servers from my PC (running Linux and/or Windows). However due to security, I cannot log into the remote server as the file owner, but as my named user, then sudo su ...
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bash can't find sudo command on friendlyarm

I'm trying to work with this friendlyarm 9 board I got recently but it can't find some basic bash commands and I couldn't find a solution for it anywhere. When I type any command with sudo or even ...
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Download interrupted on Terminal - cannot reinstall

I was downloading the icedtea-7-plugin package for Ubuntu on the Terminal. I used the sudo apt-get install icedtea-7-plugin just like any other person would and I turned back to what I was doing, for ...
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How do I prevent all console access except via key-authenticated SSH?

I have a server environment for which the only methods of login would be SSH or local terminal in the datacenter. I have set this up to allow a specific user to login only with a key, not password ...
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Why sudo python and python in terminal start two different versions python?

I had python 2.6 in my server to begin with. Then I downloaded python 2.7 and installed using make and make altinstall. When I try just python in the terminal it opens up python 2.7 but sudo python ...
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Avoiding accidental 'rm' disasters

Today, using sudo -s, I wanted to rm -R ./lib/, but I actually rm -R /lib/. I had to reinstall my OS (Mint 15) and re-download and re-configure all my packages. Not fun. How can I avoid similar ...
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Sudo and perform scp

Possible duplicate of scp to remote server with sudo I'm facing the following issue: A folder (with sub-folders) with files belonging to usr1:usr1 I login with another user usr2 usr2 can do sudo -u ...
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How to enable sudo commands over SSH without asking password?

I have server A and server B (both Ubuntu 10.04 LTS) doing different tasks. Server A needs to poke Server B, which generates a file and scp's it back to server A when done. This is all in-house and I ...
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Is it possible to run software as a different user under OS X Mountain Lion?

I've been trying to run apps as a different user. Attempt 1 sudo -u otheruser open /Applications/TextEdit.app launches the app but it uses the current user, not otheruser. Attempt 2 login username ...
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Why sudo su don't pass as root, but password is ok?

In Ubuntu I have one normal user root1. And till now when I want to be a root I do: root1@host:/home/root1$ sudo su [ sudo ] password for roo1: type password and I had: root@host:/root:# but now ...
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How can I automatically save a list of open files in Geany, with cron or otherwise?

I use the Geany IDE for programming, and it does not reliably reload my previously open files, for example after a power outage. I found that Geany has a command line feature which returns a list of ...
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autologin to root user with .cshrc

How do we cause login cshell to automatically execute sudo su - when a user first ssh into the linux box from Windows putty ? We tried putting this line sudo su - in .cshrc file but it is never ...
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one sudo for multiple terminals

Sudo root permissions are given for specific time, but only for one terminal. If I want to use sudo in another terminal in that time period, I have to type password again. How to force sudo to works ...
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Shutdown Debian from php script

I am trying to shutdown my RaspberryPi running Raspbian from a php script running on lighttpd webserver. shell_exec("sudo /sbin/shutdown -h now 2>&1"); I added lighttpd ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ...
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Sudo su vs su linux

If I enter in the password to su when prompted, it doesnt work while sudo su does. Also, when a command is executed using sudo (command), does sudo automatically execute it by root by default (since ...
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Trying to enable passwordless sudo

I want to enable passwordless sudo for user "bamboo" on my host, so I have added bamboo ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL and also %admin ALL=(ALL) NOPASSWD: ALL (user bamboo is in the admin group) to the ...
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Unable to use sudo su - command

I am new in ubuntu, i am trying to run following command sudo su - Bu i am getting following message sudo: unable to open /etc/sudoers: Permission denied sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, ...
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Why does redirection fail when passing through ssh, sudo and sh?

After reading this question, I know that I have to do sudo sh -c 'ls -hal /root/ > /root/test.out' to avoid the "Permission denied" error. But when I do ssh hostname sudo sh -c 'ls -hal /root/ ...
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how to run a program with root privilege in a remote linux host

I want to run a program on many remote hosts these program may run serveral hours and it needs root privilege I have uploaded the program to those remote hosts I can only ssh into those machines ...
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What types of users can I use with “sudo”?

I thought you could only use sudo to temporarily become root: sudo vim /etc/resolv.conf But recently I saw a shell snippet depicting a user using sudo to become a specific user: sudo -H -u devops ...
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How to correct sudo permission?

I'm running AWS EC2 Micro instance and had issues getting permission to the root access with EC2-user. Followed a tutorial online and ran the following commands: sudo chgrp ec2-user /etc sudo chmod ...
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run command with root privileges as nonroot user

I want to set up steam to run automatically with a higher than default priority, which involves starting it with nice. But to set a priority lower than 0, I must be root. Problem is that steam doesn't ...
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How to config sudoers file?

I'm using ubuntu server 12.04 LTS I want to know how to configure my sudoers file (obviously, using visudo), to permit an user to run commands like root (doing something like "sudo service x ...
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wget: different speed in sudo and user mode

If I execute wget from my terminal to download something, it realices multiple attempts to download it, and eventually it downloads it (or not!). For example, with three attempts and 10 seconds of ...
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Mail me when someone runs sudo

I have added the below lines to /etc/sudoers.d/my_sudoers Defaults mail_always Defaults mailto="email@domain.com" I get an email every time sudo is run How can i modify this so I only ...
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Enable a user to have superuser privelages locally but with password input

Is there a way to have user privelages that would normally require superuser privelages, WITHOUT USING THE TERMINAL? I'm thinking like a dialogue that pops up when your trying to access a folder/file ...
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Add a user to sudoers file, for just one service

I want to add a user to the sudoers file so that it can only start, stop and restart a particular service. I am using Debian and can access the sudoers file using sudo visudo, I am stumped now though ...