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PostPosted: 2005-02-27 19:27 
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On a dedicated server where I have root access, does FileZilla allow logging to a user account via SFTP using SSH2, then transfering to the root account via "su -" (after providing the password)?

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PostPosted: 2005-02-27 21:58 
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You have to reconnect to the server using a different username (in this case root).


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PostPosted: 2010-01-05 05:58 
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I think it is appropriate that I bring attention back to this thread.

First off, since it has been a few years since this thread was created, is it now possible to "su" to a different user or is there some sort of FileZilla equivalent to that?

Most Unix admins will not permit logging into "root" directly for security reasons so therefore, we cannot login as root through FileZilla. However, some of us may prefer to be able to login as root through FileZilla and having some sort of "su" functionality would allow this.

Please advise if this feature is now available and if not, why it may or may not be considered as a feature for a future release of FileZilla.

Thanks in advance.


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PostPosted: 2010-01-05 06:49 
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Unlikely that this will ever get implemented, su isn't part of SFTP.


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PostPosted: 2010-01-05 06:52 
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botg wrote:
Unlikely that this will ever get implemented, su isn't part of SFTP.


Why must it be unlikely? SFTP uses SSH just like Putty (from my understanding) so why can't su be a part of SFTP?


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PostPosted: 2010-01-05 09:43 
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SFTP is only a subset of SSH2, meant for filetransfers. What you want is a full SSH2 session (remote shell) where all commands are avilable. The kind of session PuTTY provides.

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PostPosted: 2012-02-10 07:04 
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Actually that's not correct. The SFTP and SCP protocols do not say anything about it. Switching to root happens outside of SFTP and SCP. First you switch to root using some totally undefined, arbitrary mechanism, then you initialize SFTP (or SCP).


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PostPosted: 2012-04-09 19:21 
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I agree. Why not let them run a simple command like su so they could move to the user they want to use if their root admin is disabled? This way they can download, edit, transfer and modify files under the root user.


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PostPosted: 2012-04-09 21:15 
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Wish it were that easy, unfortunately su isn't a standardized command.


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