[ale] sudo tricks and hints

Michael H. Warfield mhw at WittsEnd.com
Thu Aug 14 11:13:14 EDT 2014

On Wed, 2014-08-13 at 18:46 -0400, Narahari 'n' Savitha wrote:
> Friends:

> I am trying to use sudo effectively.  The scenario is I have a box where I
> can get super powers for the duration of a script running.  It works ok but
> what I am found is that I can put a <userid> in the sudoers file with
> permission to run any script(s) from a given folder.  But that requires me
> to mod the sudoers file.  Is there any other mechanism that I can get
> granted the superpowers for a brief while and then taken away from me.  I
> really don't like tinkering with sudoers file.

Depending on version of sudo, you can drop appropriately formatted files
in /etc/sudoers.d.

Make sure the following lines are near the end of /etc/sudoers:

## Read drop-in files from /etc/sudoers.d (the # here does not mean a comment)
#includedir /etc/sudoers.d

> -S

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