I usually do
sleep 4h; command
to execute a command after 4h. However, if that command requires
sudo, it'll not work.
Is it possible to give
sudo permission at the moment I'm running the
sudo to start a root shell where you run the commands:
sudo bash -c 'sleep 4h; command'
Every command running in the root shell runs with root permissions, which for
sleep doesn’t hurt. If you need to run a command with user permissions in it, use
sudo -u USERNAME COMMAND, e.g.:
$ sudo bash -c 'sleep 4h; sudo -u dessert whoami; whoami' dessert # whoami run as user dessert root # whoami run as root
Another approach would be to use
sudo visudo to allow the command’s execution without root access, see:
How to allow execution without prompting for password using sudo?
Note that depending on the command this may create a security flaw.
Assuming you only want to run the process once (not, e.g. every 4 hours) then you can use
/etc/init.d/atd statusor better still
systemctl status atd)
At a terminal as root run your command as follows:
# at now + 4 hours warning: commands will be executed using /bin/sh at> command at> CTRL-D
If you want to run it every 4 hours you could also use cron (as root) with the following config in your crontab
0 */4 * * * sh -c $'/path/to/command'
One way is to run via a shellscript with
sudo permissions (and give the password, when you start the shellscript), if the shellscript is in the current directory,
sudo ./delayer 4h
delayer can be a shellscript with the content
#!/bin/bash sleep "$1" command
Make it executable with
chmod +x delayer
and copy or move it to a directory in
PATH if you wish.
If you want a more flexible shellscript, where you can select the command [line] to delay by entering parameter(s), you can try
#!/bin/bash if [ $# -lt 2 ] || [ "$(whoami)" != "root" ] then echo "Delay start of command, that needs 'sudo' Usage: sudo $0 <delay> <command line> Example: sudo $0 4h parted -ls" exit fi sleep "$1" shift "$@"
Demo example (short delay, 5s, for demo purpose),
$ ./delayer Delay start of command, that needs 'sudo' Usage: sudo ./delayer <delay> <command line> Example: sudo ./delayer 4h parted -ls $ sudo ./delayer 5s parted /dev/sdc p [sudo] password for sudodus: Model: Kanguru SS3 (scsi) Disk /dev/sdc: 15,9GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: gpt Disk Flags: Number Start End Size File system Name Flags 2 1049kB 2097kB 1049kB primary bios_grub 3 2097kB 258MB 256MB fat32 primary boot, esp 4 258MB 2274MB 2016MB primary 5 2274MB 12,5GB 10,2GB ext2 primary 1 12,5GB 15,9GB 3394MB ntfs primary msftdata
Another way would be to start sudo interactive session with
sudo -s (does not change directory) or
sudo -i (changes current directory to root home directory) and then enter your commands (without sudo)