Getting SuperUser Authority From Within Running Python Program

Tim Daneliuk tundra at
Sun Jan 26 20:50:07 CET 2003

throwaway at wrote:

> what business do non-root users have manipulating
> root-owned files?

When the user is, in fact, the sysadmin and wishes temporary access
to system files for administrative purposes.  Any numebr of
adminstration programs allow themselves to be invoked from
a user context of lower permissions and then "login" as the root.
('twander' isn't so much just a file browser as a GUI navigation
front-end to a more traditional command line shell.)

However, a bit of reading on the resources you and others provided
convinced me that this is a really terrible idea of scripts.

Thanks for the help,

Tim Daneliuk
tundra at

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