sudo configuration to run programs as dummy user

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Version information

  • 0.2.1 (latest)
  • 0.2.0
released May 27th 2014
This version is compatible with:
  • Puppet 3.x
  • Debian

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myDistro/paranoid — version 0.2.1 May 27th 2014

This is the paranoid module. It's basically the blog-post of : running firefox as another user using sudo.

It configures sudo so you can run the commons like firefox, chromium, google-chrome or skype as another user. You can use the class paranoid to set up the sudoers file, but you don't have to. If you don't use the paranoid class, you have to make sudo load the files in /etc/sudoers.d/ folder.


To run firefox and thunderbird as the user browser you can do the same thing.

  not really necessary 
  creates only good sudoers file
class { 'paranoid': } 

  create a sudo file to run firefox and thunderbird
  as user browser
paranoid::user { 'browsing': 
    master   => 'my_name' ,
    puppet   => 'browser',
    binaries => ['/usr/bin/firefox',

Make sure you run a xhost for programs (like firefox) that need X. For example put in you ~/.xsession

xhost +

Now you can run firefox as user browser with the command

sudo -u browser -H /usr/bin/firefox


sudo -u browser -H firefox