Boehler, Joe Joe.Boehler at
Thu Feb 20 10:26:31 EST 2003

Thanks. It turns out that the logs in question (there are several) quit
working properly when I cat /dev/null to them. I don't really understand why
directing stdout doesn't affect them the way /dev/null does, but I can't use
/dev/null to zero them.

-----Original Message-----
From: Brent Fortman [mailto:Brent.Fortman at]
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 9:17 AM
To: Boehler, Joe; 'sudo-users at'
Subject: RE: question

cat /dev/null > /var/opt/OV/share/databases/eventdb/log_2

-----Original Message-----
From: Boehler, Joe [mailto:Joe.Boehler at] 
Sent: Thursday, February 20, 2003 8:47 AM
To: sudo-users at
Subject: question

Hello sudoers, 

I have users who need to be able to zero some root owned log files by
directing stdout to the file. For example,
>/var/opt/OV/share/databases/eventdb/log_2, but when I enter that as a
command alias, sudo complains about the syntax.

Is there a way to write this so the syntax is acceptable to sudo? 

Joe Boehler  59068 
Unix Admin 

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