Run a command as root, with a delay

sudo bash -c "sleep 1h ; command"
sleep 1h ; sudo command or sudo sleep 1h ; sudo command won't work, because by the time the delay is up, sudo will want your password again.

By: dbh
2011-06-15 16:46:31

What Others Think

good: can I use minutes or seconds?
0disse0 · 528 weeks and 1 day 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.
dbh · 528 weeks and 1 day ago
hmm, did you not read about the "at" command? at now + 1 min <<< "echo hello world > /tmp/hello_world"
mpb · 528 weeks 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.
flakblas · 527 weeks ago

What do you think?

Any thoughts on this command? Does it work on your machine? Can you do the same thing with only 14 characters?

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