[SATLUG] cron sudo task

Richard Suberg rsuberg at satx.rr.com
Tue Jan 25 11:08:36 CST 2011


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I have a task that is scheduled with cron and it runs the task,
however, since it mounts a remote ftp server into the filesystem (and
I haven't figured out the parameters for fstab) for it to actually be
productive and mount it needs to be run root. I can manually run the
task as sudo and it completes ok, but how can I cron the sudo run of
the very same script without needing a password? I know running an ftp
update script (or any script) as root is not the best security
practice, but it is the only way I have found to accomplish this.
Unless someone has a better suggestion, the process involved is:

1- mount ftp server into filesystem
2- cp -uRv location from (1) into a folder on my computer
3- umount remote ftp server.

Currently I use fuse for mounting, and I do not have control over what
programs are loaded on the remote server, I just need to update my
documentation based on what they update.  Any ideas?

Richard

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