Man1 - doas.1


utility executes the given command as another user. The

argument is mandatory unless


is specified.

The user will be required to authenticate by entering their password, unless configured otherwise.

By default, a new environment is created. The variables


and the

are set to values appropriate for the target user.

is set to the name of the user executing

The variables


are inherited from the current environment. This behavior may be modified by the config file. The working directory is not changed.

The options are as follows:

Parse and check the configuration file

then exit. If

is supplied,

will also perform command matching. In the latter case either


will be printed on standard output, depending on command matching results. No command is executed.

Clear any persisted authentications from previous invocations, then immediately exit. No command is executed.

Non interactive mode, fail if the matching rule doesn’t have the


Execute the shell from


Execute the command as

The default is root.

It may fail for one of the following reasons:

The config file

could not be parsed.

The user attempted to run a command which is not permitted.

The password was incorrect.

The specified command was not found or is not executable.


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Author: dt

Created: 2022-02-22 Tue 16:28