heimdal-su man page

su — substitute user identity


su [-K | --no-kerberos] [-f] [-l | --full] [-m] [-i instance | --instance=instance] [-c command | --command=command] [login [shell arguments]]


su will use Kerberos authentication provided that an instance for the user wanting to change effective UID is present in a file named .k5login in the target user id's home directory

A special case exists where ‘root's~/.k5login needs to contain an entry for: ‘user/⟨instance⟩@REALM’ for su to succed (where ⟨instance⟩ is ‘root’ unless changed with -i).

In the absence of either an entry for current user in said file or other problems like missing ‘host/hostname@REALM’ keys in the system's keytab, or user typing the wrong password, su will fall back to traditional /etc/passwd authentication.

When using /etc/passwd authentication, su allows ‘root’ access only to members of the group ‘wheel’, or to any user (with knowledge of the ‘root’ password) if that group does not exist, or has no members.

The options are as follows:


January 12, 2006