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From <stevecanfi...@yahoo.com>
Subject Re: execute command as root
Date Wed, 21 Apr 2004 17:02:25 GMT
AFAIK, you cannot pipe a password to su. I think this
is for security reasons. 



--- Matt Benson <gudnabrsam@yahoo.com> wrote:
> Don't you need to pipe a password to su?  You could
> do
> that using exec's inputstring (or to redirect from a
> file, input) attribute... or for another idea, you
> could put the chown into a shell script owned by
> root
> and turn on SETUID for the shell script.  At least
> this way you don't store root's password anyway and
> you can control access to the script with groups...
> you could also look into the kinds of things you can
> do with sudo...
> 
> -Matt
> 
> --- stevecanfield@yahoo.com wrote:
> > I have a script that needs to chown some files as
> > root, but I don't want to have to execute
> everything
> > as root. I've been trying to use 'su' with no
> > success.
> > Any ideas? I've been trying variations on the
> > following:
> >   <exec executable="su">
> >     <arg value="-c 'chown -R someUser /var/tomcat'
> > root"/>
> >   </exec>
> > 
> > I've also tried running it from a shell:
> >   <exec executable="sh">
> >     <arg line="su -c 'chown -R someUser
> /var/tomcat'
> > root"/>
> >   </exec>
> > 
> > Should I be able to do something like this? I
> either
> > get an error telling me that su wants input from
> > stdin
> > or that sh cannot run an executable.
> > 
> > -sc
> > 
> > 
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