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Run a command as root, with a delay

Terminal - Run a command as root, with a delay
sudo bash -c "sleep 1h ; command"
2011-06-15 16:46:31
User: dbh
Functions: bash sudo
Run a command as root, with a delay
sleep 1h ; sudo command


sudo sleep 1h ; sudo command

won't work, because by the time the delay is up, sudo will want your password again.


There are 5 alternatives - vote for the best!

Terminal - Alternatives

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good: can I use minutes or seconds?

Comment by 0disse0 353 weeks ago

Sure. For example:

sudo bash -c "sleep 30 ; command" # 30 seconds sudo bash -c "sleep 10m ; command" # 10 minutes

Take a look at the sleep man page.

Comment by dbh 353 weeks ago

hmm, did you not read about the "at" command?

at now + 1 min <<< "echo hello world > /tmp/hello_world"
Comment by mpb 352 weeks and 6 days ago

This is very far from a best practice. The at command is better suited. If that's not an option for some reason that a hack like this would suffice but it's less than ideal.

Comment by flakblas 352 weeks ago

Your point of view

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