I am trying to execute a bash script as root from a normal user. The story behind is that I need the www-data user to be able to kill a specific process. To avoid having apache being able to go mayhem on processes I've created the following bash script


PID=$(pgrep mono)
kill -9 $PID

To be able to perform this, I have done an apt-get install sudo and then with visudo added the following line to the bottom of the file

myuser ALL= NOPASSWD: /path/to/script/foo.sh

But when I sign into myuser and try to run /path/to/script/foo.sh I receive the following error -bash: /path/to/script/foo.sh: Permission denied

The current permission of the file are as follows

-rwxr-xr-x 1 root root   48 Nov  7 12:11 foo.sh

Thank you!

2 Answers 2


To use sudo, you need to prefix your command with "sudo". ie:

$ sudo /path/to/script/foo.sh

Login with root and do the following:

cd /path/to/script

chmod u+x foo.sh


Test to see if the program runs. Now switch to myuser,

su myuser

and try to run the program again:


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