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I would like to run commands on an AIX system with sudo -i instead of just sudo. This way I can make sure that any environment settings like umask will be those of the user I'm running the command as.

When the process started this way generates files, those files will obviously have their owner/group set to that of the user the process is run as.

Sudo has the option to specify the user (-u) and the group (-g). However, when I try to run a command using those parameters, I get the following error:

 [johndoe@catchyname ~] # sudo -u 'foo' -g 'bar' ls
Sorry, user johndoe is not allowed to execute '/usr/bin/ls' as foo:bar on catchyname.

The user is allowed to run anything on this system in the /etc/sudoers file.

I have looked through the sudo documentation and searched the internet many a time, but haven't been able to get this to work yet.

What am I missing or doing wrong?

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man sudoers says:

      first Runas_List indicates which users the command may be
      run as via sudo's -u option.  The second defines a list of
      groups that can be specified via sudo's -g option.  If both
      Runas_Lists are specified, the command may be run with any
      combination of users and groups listed in their respective
      Runas_Lists.  If only the first is specified, the command
      may be run as any user in the list but no -g option may be

and further provides an example:

      to allow dgb to run /bin/ls with either
      the user or group set to operator:

       dgb    boulder = (operator : operator) /bin/ls
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