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I want sudo to allow me to run a command when my current working directory is, for example, /tmp. Example usage is removing files from /tmp directory, so I am in /tmp ($PWD of shell == /tmp), then I can run, rm -v someuseless.bin (someuseless.bin of course not belongs to me, so I can't remove it). If it is impossible (I can't find references in sudo manuals), then why? Maybe there is a security violation that I did not spotted here. Thanks.

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I'd also usggest looking after linux ACLs. –  Kwaio Aug 24 at 10:56

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You can definitely embed the $cwd in sudoers, to allow someone only to remove a file under a particular directory, but you're going the wrong way about it. The way to do what you want is to use absolute paths in sudoers, eg

orc       ALL=(ALL) /bin/rm /tmp/someuseless.bin
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Is $cwd here a shell variable, or something related to sudoers? The second way I just using now (embedding absolute paths), but there is no only /tmp directory that I want to use in that way (some other directory with four of five levels of names, so it is long to type it) –  user141301 Oct 16 '12 at 12:57
It's shell shorthand for "the current working directory". The way you were using is the right way; you're going to have to list out all the working directories you want to be valid anyway, so there's no harm in listing them in the sudo'ed commands list. –  MadHatter Oct 16 '12 at 13:01

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