chiark-really - really - a tool for gaining privilege (simple, realistic sudo)

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Distribution Debian 8 (Jessie)
Repository Debian Main i386
Package filename chiark-really_4.4.2_i386.deb
Package name chiark-really
Package version 4.4.2
Package release -
Package architecture i386
Package type deb
Category admin admin::login admin::user-management interface::commandline role::program scope::utility security::authentication use::login
Homepage -
License -
Maintainer Ian Jackson <>
Download size 17.49 KB
Installed size 64.00 KB
really is a program that allows certain users to become whatever user
they like on request.  It is a bit like sudo in that respect.
However, really is simpler than sudo, and doesn't give the system
administrator any false security promises.  So really is less of a
general security risk to the system.
Unlike sudo it does not pretend that the called account can be any
more secure than the calling account. so there is never a need for a
password.  If you wanted to restrict which commands and functions the
called user can perform, use userv, not really or sudo.
Also unlike sudo, really only works if the calling user is supposed
to be equivalent to root.  But, really can also be used by
root-equivalent users to become any user, not just root; in this way
it can be a replacement for certain uses of su.


Package Version Architecture Repository
chiark-really_4.4.2_amd64.deb 4.4.2 amd64 Debian Main
chiark-really - - -


Name Value
libc6 >= 2.4


Type URL
Binary Package chiark-really_4.4.2_i386.deb
Source Package chiark-utils

Install Howto

  1. Update the package index:
    # sudo apt-get update
  2. Install chiark-really deb package:
    # sudo apt-get install chiark-really




2014-12-21 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.4.2) unstable; urgency=low
Copyright licencing fixes:
* nntpid: Provice actual licence (dual MIT/GPL3+).  Closes:#773650.
* git-cache-proxy: Mention in debian/copyright.
* git-cache-proxy: Update copyright year list to include 2014.
2014-10-26 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.4.1) unstable; urgency=low
Safety and convenience fix:
* Redact command name characters outside 33-126.
Portability fixes for platforms where we can't build acctdump:
* Do not build on platforms with no <sys/acct.h>
Portability fixes for acctdump on kFreeBSD:
* Use different struct acct, and different headers, on different
* Tolerate lack of ac_exitcode.
* Tolerate lack of ac_minflt and ac_majflt (and use %lu as is right).
* Tolerate variation in ac_flag field name, and, to an extent, value.
* Print ac_mem and ac_io if available.
* Together, the above: Closes:#766913.
2014-10-26 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.4.0) unstable; urgency=low
New utilities:
* acctdump.  (Imported from CVS and chiark by Jonathan Amery.)
2014-07-28 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.3.1) unstable; urgency=medium
* expire-iso8601: Fix mistake in usage message.
* git-cache-proxy: Fix various bugs in housekeeping.  Fixes a bug
where a particular cache dir could become `Not a git repository.
2013-11-29 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.3.0) unstable; urgency=medium
New utilities:
* xduplic-copier.  Closes:#727223.
* git-cache-proxy.
New features:
* random-word: -F<n> option for using only first <n> lines of source file.
* Make xbatmon-simple tolerate the lack of "type" in power supply uevent
fields, by guessing the type from the presence or absence of "present"
(which appears for batteries) and "online" (which appears for mains).
Closes: #689134.
Documentation improvements:
* really: Add "danger!" warning to usage message description of -R.
* really: Document -R option in the manpage.  Closes:#693354.
* really: Document need to be in the "root" group as well.  (This is
better than removing the restriction, because it would be dangerous to
relax this security barrier in existing deployments.)  Closes:#693356.
* watershed; Provide -h and --help options.  Closes:#659989.
Build and portability fixes:
* cprogs: Saner build runes when extra libs or objs needed.
* debian/rules: use dpkg-buildflags and pass to Makefile.
* cprogs/Makefile: clean deletes $PROGRAMS
* random-word: Some perl-mode emacs formatting glitch workarounds.
* random-word: use strict; -w.
* cprogs/usr-local-src-misc-Makefile: Remove ancient cruft file.
2012-06-10 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.2.0) unstable; urgency=low
* Rename `xacpi-simple' to `xbatmon-simple':
- rename source file
- change program name in Makefiles, .gitignore, rules, etc.
- change program's idea of its own name for usage message
- look for X resources under both old ane new names
- provide a compatibility symlink (using dh_link)
2012-06-07 - Ian Jackson <>
chiark-utils (4.1.32) unstable; urgency=medium
xacpi-simple improvements:
* Better parsing of boolean -debug option.
* Support -into, -iconic and -withdrawn options.
Packaging fix:
* debian/rules clean removes various sv-* and dh log files.

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