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SU(1)			  BSD General Commands Manual			 SU(1)

     su	-- substitute user identity

     su	[-] [-flms] [-c	class] [login [args]]

     The su utility requests appropriate user credentials via PAM and switches
     to	that user ID (the default user is the superuser).  A shell is then ex-

     PAM is used to set	the policy su(1) will use.  In particular, by default
     only users	in the "wheel" group can switch	to UID 0 ("root").  This group
     requirement may be	changed	by modifying the "pam_group" section of
     /etc/pam.d/su.  See pam_group(8) for details on how to modify this	set-

     By	default, the environment is unmodified with the	exception of USER,
     HOME, and SHELL.  HOME and	SHELL are set to the target login's default
     values.  USER is set to the target	login, unless the target login has a
     user ID of	0, in which case it is unmodified.  The	invoked	shell is the
     one belonging to the target login.	 This is the traditional behavior of
     su.  Resource limits and session priority applicable to the original
     user's login class	(see login.conf(5)) are	also normally retained unless
     the target	login has a user ID of 0.

     The options are as	follows:

     -f	     If	the invoked shell is csh(1), this option prevents it from
	     reading the ".cshrc" file.

     -l	     Simulate a	full login.  The environment is	discarded except for
	     HOME, SHELL, PATH,	TERM, and USER.	 HOME and SHELL	are modified
	     as	above.	USER is	set to the target login.  PATH is set to
	     "/bin:/usr/bin".  TERM is imported	from your current environment.
	     Environment variables may be set or overridden from the login
	     class capabilities	database according to the class	of the target
	     login.  The invoked shell is the target login's, and su will
	     change directory to the target login's home directory.  Resource
	     limits and	session	priority are modified to that for the target
	     account's login class.

     -	     (no letter) The same as -l.

     -m	     Leave the environment unmodified.	The invoked shell is your lo-
	     gin shell,	and no directory changes are made.  As a security pre-
	     caution, if the target user's shell is a non-standard shell (as
	     defined by	getusershell(3)) and the caller's real uid is non-
	     zero, su will fail.

     -s	     Set the MAC label to the user's default label as part of the user
	     credential	setup.	Setting	the MAC	label may fail if the MAC la-
	     bel of the	invoking process is not	sufficient to transition to
	     the user's	default	MAC label.  If the label cannot	be set,	su
	     will fail.

     -c	class
	     Use the settings of the specified login class.  Only allowed for
	     the super-user.

     The -l (or	-) and -m options are mutually exclusive; the last one speci-
     fied overrides any	previous ones.

     If	the optional args are provided on the command line, they are passed to
     the login shell of	the target login.  Note	that all command line argu-
     ments before the target login name	are processed by su itself, everything
     after the target login name gets passed to	the login shell.

     By	default	(unless	the prompt is reset by a startup file) the super-user
     prompt is set to "#" to remind one	of its awesome power.

     Environment variables used	by su:

     HOME  Default home	directory of real user ID unless modified as specified

     PATH  Default search path of real user ID unless modified as specified

     TERM  Provides terminal type which	may be retained	for the	substituted
	   user	ID.

     USER  The user ID is always the effective ID (the target user ID) after
	   an su unless	the user ID is 0 (root).

     /etc/pam.d/su  PAM	configuration for su.

     su	man -c catman
	    Runs the command catman as user man.  You will be asked for	man's
	    password unless your real UID is 0.
     su	man -c 'catman /usr/share/man /usr/local/man /usr/X11R6/man'
	    Same as above, but the target command consists of more than	a sin-
	    gle	word and hence is quoted for use with the -c option being
	    passed to the shell.  (Most	shells expect the argument to -c to be
	    a single word).
     su	-c staff man -c	'catman	/usr/share/man /usr/local/man /usr/X11R6/man'
	    Same as above, but the target command is run with the resource
	    limits of the login	class "staff".	Note: in this example, the
	    first -c option applies to su while	the second is an argument to
	    the	shell being invoked.
     su	-l foo
	    Simulate a login for user foo.
     su	- foo
	    Same as above.
     su	-   Simulate a login for root.

     csh(1), sh(1), group(5), login.conf(5), passwd(5),	environ(7),

     A su command appeared in Version 1	AT&T UNIX.

BSD			      September	13, 2006			   BSD


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