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really - a tool for gaining privilege (simple, realistic sudo)

really is a program that allows certain users to become whatever user they like on request. It is a bit like sudo in that respect. However, really is simpler than sudo, and doesn't give the system administrator any false security promises. So really is less of a general security risk to the system.

Unlike sudo it does not pretend that the called account can be any more secure than the calling account. so there is never a need for a password. If you wanted to restrict which commands and functions the called user can perform, use userv, not really or sudo.

Also unlike sudo, really only works if the calling user is supposed to be equivalent to root. But, really can also be used by root-equivalent users to become any user, not just root; in this way it can be a replacement for certain uses of su.

Package version:4.1.28+nmu2


really(8)                                                  really(8)

       really - gain privilege or run commands a different user

       really [options] [command args... ]

       really  checks whether the caller is allowed, and if it is it
       changes its uids and  gids  according  to  the  command  line
       options and executes the specified command.



chiark-utils (4.1.28+nmu2) unstable; urgency=low

  * Non-maintainer upload.
  * Fix "file-in-etc-not-marked-as-conffile /etc/chiark- backup/snap/nosnap"
    by adding /etc/chiark-backup/snap/nosnap to debian/chiark-
    backup/conffiles (closes: #553560).

 -- gregor herrmann <>  Sat, 05 Dec 2009 13:27:32 +0100

chiark-utils (4.1.28+nmu1) unstable; urgency=low

  * Non-maintainer


This package contains some the utilities from Ian Jackson's private
system `'.

This package, containing the moderately portable sources and Debian
packaging information, and the resulting Debian binary packages, was
put together by Ian, but with assistance from other chiark users.  For
both upstream and Debian packaging questions, please contact

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