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Note:  These instructions assume the person issuing the command has been added to the system sudoers access file.  If the system is hosted by the Division of IT, you can request this access by sending an email to



Use the command “sudo” in front of any command that requires elevated privileges.

Example:    Sudo vim /etc/hosts.allow

Or, if you want to run as a different user besides root:

Example:   Sudo –u username cat /home/username

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