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Old 09-16-2011
sudo - command usage

Hi,

I have few doubts regarding "sudo" command. It acutally allows access to other commands as a different user. It stands for "superuser do".

Now, we execute a command as
Code:
sudo su - oracle

Can you please tell me what does it do actually, thank you.

Last edited by vbe; 09-16-2011 at 09:30 AM..
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Old 09-16-2011
If you are allowed to run :
Code:
sudo su - oracle

then it runs the command
Code:
su - oracle

with root privilege, so it allow you to switch to oracle user without having to provide the password of oracle user account
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Old 09-16-2011
I will add the - sign there is so it executes the .profile of the user in order to have his environment... in other words without - you would just "be" oracle from then on but without his environment ( most certainly most admin commands of a DBA would not load etc...)
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Old 09-16-2011
You may want to check out your sudoers (/etc/sudoers) file. That would specify the rules for sudo on your system.
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Old 09-17-2011
Thank you all, it is quite useful.

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Hi,

What are all the other commands, which can be executed through 'sudo', please share more details, thank you.
# 6  
Old 09-19-2011
Pretty much any command can be executed using sudo. Just depends on how it was implemented on your system.
# 7  
Old 09-19-2011
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dev_Dev
What are all the other commands, which can be executed through 'sudo', please share more details, thank you.
sudo is configurable. /etc/sudoers determines who can execute what commands with it.
 

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