This lesson will cover how to switch to other accounts and how to run commands and programs as other users.
One way to start a session as another user on the system is to use the
su command. The syntax for
If no arguments are supplied, it assumes that you are trying to become the superuser or
root account. Executing
su without any options is the same thing as
Your current environment is passed to the new shell unless you specify a hyphen or dash (
-). In that case,
su creates an environment like the user logged in directly.
-c option to specify a command to be executed. If the command you want to execute is more than one word in length,
then you need to surround it with quotes (
| ||A hyphen is used to provide an environment similar to the user logged in directly.|
| ||Specify a command to be executed.|
If you want to know what user you are working as, run the
whoami command. If you run this, it should return your current account name.
ExamplesExample 1: Run whoami and switch user
$ whoami robin $ su nikki Password: $ whoami nikkiExample 2: Run with - option
Suppose you currently logged in as user robin . Create an variable and switch to nikki, and you can still access this variable.
$ whoami robin $ export TEST=1 $ echo $TEST 1 $ su nikki Password: $ whoami nikki $ echo $TEST 1
However, if you switch to nikki with
- option, you will be logged into an new environment. In this new environment, you won't be able to
access that variable and you are placed to nikki's home directory.
$ su - nikki Password: $ whoami nikki $ echo $TEST $ pwd /home/nikki
sudo - Super User Do
Another way to switch users or execute commands as others is to use the
sudo command. The syntax for
The details of
sudo is covered in sudo command.
References & Resources
- Dependency injection
- Directives and Pipes
- Data binding
- HTTP Get vs. Post
- Node.js is everywhere
- MongoDB root user
- Prefer Async Script Loading
- Components, Bootstrap and DOM
- What is HEAD in git?
- Show the changes in Git.
- What is AngularJS 2?
- Confidence Interval for a Population Mean
- Accuracy vs. Precision
- Sampling Distribution
- Working with the Normal Distribution
- Standardized score - Z score
- Evaluating the Normal Distribution
- What is Nodejs? Advantages and disadvantage?
- How do I debug Nodejs applications?
- Sync directory search using fs.readdirSync