Root access with python
niemeyer at conectiva.com
Mon Mar 25 16:38:55 CET 2002
>>> On the terminal, you would do a 'su', type your password, then enter
>>> the command you wanted to run. How is this achieved within Python?
>>Instead, run "su" the usual way and type your password to get a root
>>shell, then launch your GUI app from the root shell.
> Good advice. Nevertheless, if Moray wants to shoot zirself in the foot,
> zie should take a look at os.setuid().
Fortunately, it's not that easy. os.setuid() is useful if you want to
drop privileges, not the other way around.
You have several options to do this, and all of them involve setting the
setuid bit in some executable. OTOH, setting setuid bit on scripts
usually doesn't work. If that's your case, you'll have to freeze your
script into a native executable, or build some kind of wrapper. Google
for "setuid bit scripts" for more information.
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