How to use sudo to view a hidden directory?

Avi Greenbury lists at
Thu Sep 29 21:57:38 UTC 2011

Paul Sladen wrote:
> But it's very rare in practice (in my workflows) that I'd need to do
> this;  mostly a:
>   sudo ls -l /root
>   sudo cp -a /root/hidden /root/other-hidden
> is sufficient.  If you need to cat into a root owned file, you can:
>   echo asdf | grep asdf | sudo tee -a /root/created-as-root
> all of these have the massive advantage of being logged and audited.

I was under the impression that the shell started by

sudo -s 

was similarly logged, is that not so? If so, that's substantially more
humane (in my opinion) than adding five keystrokes to each command.


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