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rootsh: a logging wrapper for shells


rootsh - a logging wrapper for shells


rootsh [OPTION]... [--] [COMMANDS]


Start a shell with logging of input/output. Rootsh must be started via sudo if you want to become root. It does not raise your privileges on it's own. You can run rootsh as a standalone application if you only want to log your own user's session. If you call rootsh with additional commands, these will be passed to the shell.

-i, --initial
Make the shell a login shell
-u, --user=USER
Run the shell as a non-root user
-f, --logfile=FILE
Name of the file you want to write the logs (standalone only)
-d, --logdir=DIR
Directory where you want your logfile written (standalone only)
Switch off logging to a file (standalone only)
Switch off logging to syslog (standalone only)
-h, --help
Display this help and exit
-V, --version
Output version and capability information and exit
Stop scanning for command line options. Everything found after -- will be passed to the shell with -c

No parameters mean start a rootshell


sudo rootsh
Start a logged root shell
sudo rootsh -u oracle
Start a logged shell in the context of user oracle.
rootsh -f mysession.log --no-syslog
Start a new shell for your user id, write protocol into mysession.log, do not send anything to syslog. This is identical to "script -f mysession.log"
rootsh -i -u oracle lsnrctl stop
Run command "lsnrctl stop" as user oracle. (this will call sh -c "lsnrctl stop")
rootsh -i -u oracle -- ls -l
Run command "ls -l" as user oracle. (this will call sh -c "ls -l")


Report bugs to Corey Henderson <corman [at]>


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