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Re: Question About Switching UIDs

  • Subject: Re: Question About Switching UIDs
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 14 May 2006 07:40:56 +0100
  • Newsgroups: alt.os.linux
  • Organization: schestowitz.com / MCC / Manchester University
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__/ [ Michael Heiming ] on Sunday 14 May 2006 07:22 \__

> In alt.os.linux Chris F.A. Johnson <cfajohnson@xxxxxxxxx>:
>> On 2006-05-14, David T. Ashley wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> My server runs a big cron job every night (as root).  I'd like some of
>>> the cron job to be run as a non-priveleged user.
>>> What command would I use to execute a command or two as an unpriveleged
>>> user?

While it's fresh in my mind, I use:

,----[ Command ]
| sudo crontab cronfile -u roy

Had to do that just weeks ago, in order to fix some backup job.

>>   Put in the crontab of an unprivileged user.
> Alternatively put it in /etc/crontab where you can specify the
> user it will run as. Though I like this for a better overview
> more, if you have a bunch of app user running cron jobs, this
> feature isn't available on (most) other unix.
> man -k cron
> To show the available man pages about cron on your system.

I don't have the -u option on my SuSE 8.1 box. I have just come to realise
it. Among other missing feature is the (bandwidth) limit option in scp.  I
guess that  upgrades  truly have their merit and herein I find yet another

Best wishes,


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