SUDOREPLAY(8) MAINTENANCE COMMANDS SUDOREPLAY(8)
sudoreplay - replay sudo session logs
sudoreplay [-d directory] [-f filter] [-m max_wait] [-s speed_factor] ID
sudoreplay [-d directory] -l [search expression]
sudoreplay plays back or lists the session logs created by sudo. When replaying,
sudoreplay can play the session back in real-time, or the playback speed may be adjusted
(faster or slower) based on the command line options. The ID should be a six character
sequence of digits and upper case letters, e.g. 0100A5, which is logged by sudo when a
command is run with session logging enabled.
In list mode, sudoreplay can be used to find the ID of a session based on a number of
criteria such as the user, tty or command run.
In replay mode, if the standard output has not been redirected, sudoreplay will act on the
' ' (space)
Pause output; press any key to resume.
'<' Reduce the playback speed by one half.
'>' Double the playback speed.
sudoreplay accepts the following command line options:
Use directory to for the session logs instead of the default,
-f filter By default, sudoreplay will play back the command's standard output, standard
error and tty output. The -f option can be used to select which of these to
output. The filter argument is a comma-separated list, consisting of one or
more of following: stdout, stderr, and ttyout.
-l Enable "list mode". In this mode, sudoreplay will list available session IDs.
If a search expression is specified, it will be used to restrict the IDs that
are displayed. An expression is composed of the following predicates:
command command pattern
Evaluates to true if the command run matches command pattern. On
systems with POSIX regular expression support, the pattern may be an
extended regular expression. On systems without POSIX regular
expression support, a simple substring match is performed instead.
Evaluates to true if the command was run with the specified current
Evaluates to true if the command was run on or after date. See "Date
and time format" for a description of supported date and time formats.
Evaluates to true if the command was run with the specified
runas_group. Note that unless a runas_group was explicitly specified
when sudo was run this field will be empty in the log.
Evaluates to true if the command was run as the specified runas_user.
Note that sudo runs commands as user root by default.
Evaluates to true if the command was run on or prior to date. See
"Date and time format" for a description of supported date and time
tty tty Evaluates to true if the command was run on the specified terminal
device. The tty should be specified without the /dev/ prefix, e.g.
tty01 instead of /dev/tty01.
user user name
Evaluates to true if the ID matches a command run by user name.
Predicates may be abbreviated to the shortest unique string (currently all
predicates may be shortened to a single character).
Predicates may be combined using and, or and ! operators as well as '(' and
')' for grouping (note that parentheses must generally be escaped from the
shell). The and operator is optional, adjacent predicates have an implied and
unless separated by an or.
-m max_wait Specify an upper bound on how long to wait between key presses or output data.
By default, sudo_replay will accurately reproduce the delays between key
presses or program output. However, this can be tedious when the session
includes long pauses. When the -m option is specified, sudoreplay will limit
these pauses to at most max_wait seconds. The value may be specified as a
floating point number, .e.g. 2.5.
This option causes sudoreplay to adjust the number of seconds it will wait
between key presses or program output. This can be used to slow down or speed
up the display. For example, a speed_factor of 2 would make the output twice
as fast whereas a speed_factor of <.5> would make the output twice as slow.
-V The -V (version) option causes sudoreplay to print its version number and
Date and time format
The time and date may be specified multiple ways, common formats include:
HH:MM:SS am MM/DD/CCYY timezone
24 hour time may be used in place of am/pm.
HH:MM:SS am Month, Day Year timezone
24 hour time may be used in place of am/pm, and month and day names may be
abbreviated. Note that month and day of the week names must be specified in
ISO time format
DD Month CCYY HH:MM:SS
The month name may be abbreviated.
Either time or date may be omitted, the am/pm and timezone are optional. If no date is
specified, the current day is assumed; if no time is specified, the first second of the
specified date is used. The less significant parts of both time and date may also be
omitted, in which case zero is assumed. For example, the following are all valid:
The following are all valid time and date specifications:
now The current time and date.
Exactly one day from now.
24 hours ago.
2 hours ago
2 hours ago.
The first second of the next Friday.
The current time but the first day of the coming week.
a fortnight ago
The current time but 14 days ago.
10:01 am 9/17/2009
10:01 am, September 17, 2009.
10:01 am on the current day.
10 10:00 am on the current day.
00:00 am, September 17, 2009.
10:01 am Sep 17, 2009
10:01 am, September 17, 2009.
/var/log/sudo-io The default I/O log directory.
Example session log info.
Example session standard input log.
Example session standard output log.
Example session standard error log.
Example session tty input file.
Example session tty output file.
Example session timing file.
Note that the stdin, stdout and stderr files will be empty unless sudo was used as part of
a pipeline for a particular command.
List sessions run by user millert:
sudoreplay -l user millert
List sessions run by user bob with a command containing the string vi:
sudoreplay -l user bob command vi
List sessions run by user jeff that match a regular expression:
sudoreplay -l user jeff command '/bin/[a-z]*sh'
List sessions run by jeff or bob on the console:
sudoreplay -l ( user jeff or user bob ) tty console
Todd C. Miller
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limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose
are disclaimed. See the LICENSE file distributed with sudo or
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1.7.4 July 12, 2010 SUDOREPLAY(8)