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When I log in as a normal user, when I want to run commands such as fdisk -l I get this: bash: fdisk: command not found I'm assuming that fdisk ...
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    still can't run certain commands when su root?


    When I log in as a normal user, when I want to run commands such as fdisk -l
    I get this: bash: fdisk: command not found

    I'm assuming that fdisk is not defined in the bash script of the user. But when I su to root and try to run the same command I get the same thing. But if I log out completely and log back in as root, I can run the command.

    I thought running su will afford you the priviledge of running as root and having access to all commands.

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    After doing su, try:
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    /sbin/fdisk
    Some distros do not set the PATH to include /sbin.

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    Slight difference with the commands.

    "su" will give you root privileges with your regular user path

    "su -" will give you roots path
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    Quote Originally Posted by budman7
    Slight difference with the commands.

    "su" will give you root privileges with your regular user path

    "su -" will give you roots path
    o.k I tried su - and it worked. So whats the sense of using su if you still have the shell commands of a regular user? Is it to run certain root level functions from a regular user shell granted you have the commands defined in your user shell?

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    For most things I use su, because I do not need roots path.

    And distros do things differently, like Fedora, if you use just su and try to use fdisk, you will get command not found.
    But if you try the same thing in Gentoo, the command will work.
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    Like Budman, I rarely ever su - to do anything. In most cases, su is enough, so there's no point in risking machine security. It's amazing to me how many new Linux users want to run their machines on a constant basis as root simply because it's convenient.

    Note though, that I'm not saying that's what you are wanting to do, teknoratti.

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    Quote Originally Posted by teknoratti
    o.k I tried su - and it worked. So whats the sense of using su if you still have the shell commands of a regular user? Is it to run certain root level functions from a regular user shell granted you have the commands defined in your user shell?

    man su

    su = substitute user identity : By default, the environment is unmodified with the exception of USER, HOME, and SHELL.

    -, -l, --login Simulate a full login. The environment is unmodified except for HOME, SHELL, PATH, TERM, and USER.


    remember su works for users other than root...
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