set up a root password

John L Fjellstad john-ubuntu at
Tue Aug 12 19:35:33 UTC 2008

Derek Broughton <news at> writes:

> Joel Oliver wrote:
>> OK, redirection is borked using sudo.
> How so?  Of course, you can't do "sudo command >/root/file", but you
> can't do that with "su", either.  I can't say I've tried to work
> around it, I just use "sudo -i", but I'm sure it can be done with
> appropriate quoting.

Sure you can

$ sudo "echo hello > tmp.txt"
[sudo] password for [user]:
sudo: echo hello > tmp.txt: command not found

$ su -c "echo hello > tmp.txt"

In fact, I usually do this to work around the fact that sudo can't
sudo su -c "command > somefile"

You can work around it by using the tee command:
echo "hello" | sudo tee tmp.txt

John L. Fjellstad
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