[sudo-users] Feature request - chdir option

Michael Hill michael at mhill.net
Mon Oct 17 17:08:24 EDT 2005

On Mon, Oct 17, 2005 at 07:28:07AM -0700, Ladner, Eric (Eric.Ladner) wrote:
>Is this not equivalent (and shorter)
>	$ sudo ls -l /usr/local/protected

For my (decidedly trivial) example, yes.  My fault for choosing a poor

Here's a closer approximation to the real-life scenario I was asking

For an upgrade of a third-party vendor's humongous software package, the
installer has to follow pages of procedures of the form:

	$ su -
	<enter root password>
	# cd /foo/bar/dir
	# ./custom_vendor-supplied_program
	# ./yada_yada_yada
	# ./and_so_forth

The installer does not have permission to 'cd' into /foo/bar/dir and
for various reasons it may not be desirable to open up permissions
for the duration of the upgrade.  Furthermore, the (poorly written)
custom_vendor-supplied_program must be run with /foo/bar/dir as its cwd.
Finally, the installer doesn't necessarily have the skills to come up
with workarounds involving alternate sudo commands, and instead insists
he/she must have 'sudo ksh' to accomplish the upgrade.  (If you haven't
ever run into any of these factors in the Real World (tm), I envy you.
:^)  )

In a situation like this, a simple "sudo -C /foo/bar/dir
./custom_vendor-supplied_program" would be exactly what we need.

I hope that helps.


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