'alias' + sudo

Randy Belk randy.belk at gmail.com
Fri Sep 4 16:30:01 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 4, 2009 at 10:50 AM, George Davidovich<freebsd at optimis.net> wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 03, 2009 at 08:10:36PM -0400, Jerry wrote:
>> On Fri, 4 Sep 2009 01:34:05 +0200 Mel Flynn wrote:
>> > alias spico='/usr/local/bin/sudo pico -m' and be done with it.
> Instead of an extra alias, why not export $VISUAL or $EDITOR, and rely
> on sudoedit(8)?
>> That is what I am currently doing; however,there are other commands
>> that I want to use that are not available when used via sudo without
>> modifying the alias. I did not realize that sudo had such a
>> limitation.
> It's not a "limitation".  It's a feature.  ;-)  Re-read the sudo
> manpage.
> I'd be surprised if most of your aliases would ever require root
> privileges, and are anything but one-off shortcuts for your personal
> use.
> For those that do, I'd suggest replacing them with a function (or
> script) that tests for root privileges (using something like id(1)), and
> invokes sudo when appropriate.
> Otherwise, you may want to consider using 'su -m'.  That will your
> current environment unmodified and all your existing aliases will remain
> available for use.
> --
> George
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There is a way for what you are wanting to do.
Make an alias for sudo that looks like this "sudo='sudo -E (Your default shell)"
Since I use zsh my alias looks like this sudo='sudo -E zsh'
It perserves all of your aliases, paths, and everything else


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