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Old 06-25-2005, 03:48 AM   #1
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problem in running the command as a normal user

Hello Buddies,

This is very basic question thats make me a fool:

When I logged in as a root on my linuxbox and run the command
it executes without any problem.

But when I looged in as a junaid it gives an error:

bash: ifconfig: command not found
I thought that ifconfig is restricted command that only root can use.(I think I am right, am I ?)

Upto this is Cool

But when I looged in as a root and swith to juniad using
su junaid
and runs the command
it executes without any problem.

I also tried to give the full access to junaid in
file but while logging as junaid when I run
sudo ifconfig
it gives me the same error.

Will you please explain the above problem.

Old 06-25-2005, 03:56 AM   #2
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TO my surprice when I logged in as junaid and switches to root using su and runs the command ifconfig it still gives the error.

In short:

user ------->su------->result

root ------->--- ------->OK

root ------->junaid ------->OK

Junaid ------->--- ------->Failed

Junaid ------->root ------->Failed

Old 06-25-2005, 06:27 AM   #3
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Because you don't have /sbin in your path..

su -


su - root

will give you root's full complete path environment. a simple su won't.

And if you want to run this command by simply typing ifconfig for a regular user, add the /sbin directory to your $PATH


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