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a tool for access elevation.


please /bin/bash

pleaseedit /etc/fstab

pleaseedit [-r/--reason "new fs"] /etc/fstab

pleaseedit [-g/--group groupname] filename

pleaseedit [-t/--target username] filename

please [-a/--allowenv list]

please [-c/--check] /etc/please.ini

please [-d/--dir directory] command

please [-e/--env environment] command

please [-g/--group groupname] command

please [-h/--help]

please [-t/--target username] backup tar -cvf - /home/data | ...

please [-u/--user username] backup tar -cvf - /home/data | ...

please [-l/--list]

please [-l/--list] [-t/--target username]

please [-l/--list] [-u/--user username]

please [-n/--noprompt] command

please [-r/--reason "sshd reconfigured, ticket 24365"] /etc/init.d/ssh restart

please [-p/--purge]

please [-w/--warm]


please and pleaseedit are sudo alternatives that have regex support and a simple approach to ACL.

The aim is to allow admins to delegate accurate principle of least privilege access with ease. please.ini allows for very specific and flexible regex defined permissions.

pleaseedit adds a layer of safety to editing files. The file is copied to /tmp, where it can be updated. When EDITOR exits cleanly the file is copied alongside the target, the file will then be renamed over the original, but if a exitcmd is configured it must exit cleanly first.

-a/--allowenv list

allow environments separated by , to be passed through

-c/--check file

will check the syntax of a please.ini config file. Exits non-zero on error


will change directory to dir prior to executing the command

-g/--group groupname

run or edit as groupname


print help and exit


to list rules


will not prompt for authentication and exits with a status of 1


will purge your current authentication token for the running user

-r/--reason [reason]

will add reason to the system log

-t/--target [username]

to execute command, or edit as target username

-u/--user [username]

to execute command, or edit as target username


print version and exit


will warm an authentication token and exit

Example Usage

please -t httpd /bin/bash

run a shell as the httpd user

please -l

to list what you may run

please -t "username" -l

to show what username may run. username must match the target regex in a type=list rule

please -r 'reloading apache2, change #123' systemctl reload apache2

to reload apache2 with a reason

pleaseedit -r 'adding new storage, ticket #24365' /etc/fstab

to use pleaseedit to modify fstab

Please see please.ini for configuration examples.




I welcome pull requests with open arms. New features always considered.


Found a bug? Please either open a ticket or send a pull request/patch.

See Also



Ed Neville (ed-please@s5h.net).

Referenced By


08 February 2023 please 0.5.4 User Manual