As part of my normal workflow I ssh into another user's machine, switch user to them, run a command, then exit out to my own machine again:

ssh hostname
sudo su user

Is there a way to cut this down to a single line command? e.g.

ssh --someflags "runcommand"

I have tried this but get prompted for the other user's password which I do not have:

sudo ssh user@hostnme "runcommand"
  • Something like ssh myaccount@somehost "su -u <user> -c <command>" wouldn't work? – Fiisch Oct 4 '13 at 18:56
  • You could always publish your key into their authorized_keys file. Then you can connect to using that users account directly. – Zoredache Oct 4 '13 at 19:28

Do you have a user on all of the remote computers? I guess this should work, but im not sure i understand your setup correctly.

ssh youruser@hostname "sudo -u remoteuser runcommand"

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  • And how exactly does this address the Esker's problem? – Fiisch Oct 4 '13 at 18:59
  • Yeah, I misread. Updated the answer. – piksel bitworks Oct 4 '13 at 19:00
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    With a bit of tweaking, that worked, thanks. ssh -t hostname "sudo su user -c runcommand" – Esker Oct 4 '13 at 19:03

It's often the case that a terminal is required as well. The following should work in this case:

commands='cd myfolder;ls -l'

ssh -ttt "youruser@remotehost" "sudo -u remoteuser sh -c ${commands}"
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