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Re: users and startup scripts (FAQ alert)

andrew brian clegg wrote:

On Mon, 7 Jul 2003, Igor Pechtchanski wrote:

The preferred method for switching users is by running "ssh
user@localhost" (after setting up sshd, obviously).  I'm guessing the
above FAQ entry should be updated as well.

I hope this isn't rehashing old discussions, but I'd always assumed from the number of times people talk about using ssh to switch users that there was something inherently disadvantageous about using (say)

runas /user:Administrator "c:\cygwin\bin\bash --login -i"

or setting up a shortcut with the 'run as different user' checkbox set (in Win2K; I think the semantics are slightly different in XP IIRC).

But now I've tried it, it works fine for me... Is the only drawback that this doesn't work in DOS versions of Windows, or is there some other reason why it's not recommended?

This list tends to recommend Cygwin alternatives, although I've seen
the 'runas' approach mentioned on this list as well.  The only negative
I can see to using it would be if you're launching it from a Cygwin
shell and 'tty' is set in your CYGWIN environment variable.  In that case,
the output is garbled due to Cygwin's use of pipes for I/O handles.
Otherwise, if you prefer it, use it.

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