Alan Formy-Duval

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Alan Formy-Duval Opensource.com Correspondent
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Alan has 20 years of IT experience, mostly in the Government and Financial sectors. He started as a Value Added Reseller before moving into Systems Engineering. Alan's background is in high-availability clustered apps. He wrote the 'Users and Groups' and 'Apache and the Web Stack' chapters in the Oracle Press/McGraw Hill 'Oracle Solaris 11 System Administration' book. He earned his Master of Science in Information Systems from George Mason University. Alan is a long-time proponent of Open Source Software.

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Great article, I've been using an alias for many years, first pointing to an su command, and now to a sudo command, it is:

alias become='sudo -iu'

Used like "become aturing" to emulate logging in as and effectly becoming the user aturing.

Academia is where I learned UNIX and Linux, so glad I did. Great article!