I have a bash script that runs over crontab as root.

On the bottom of that script I want to run another bash script as another user in a subshell (detached).

How can I do that

The normal command would be

/bin/bash /path/myscript.sh

Thanks in advance.

  • I haven't tested it, but something like: su otheruser -c /path/myscript.sh & might be a step in the right direction. Since the main script is running as root, it should not require otheruser's password - although doing this thru cron might be a little quirky. May 15, 2021 at 7:19

2 Answers 2


I found an easy way:

/sbin/runuser -l USER -c 'COMMAND'

Works :)


su - USER -c /path/myscript.sh

Is IMHO the easiest option, it's supposed, that /path/myscript.sh has executable permissions and the typical #! /bin/bash first line.

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