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Re: auth-source source password lookup for ssh + sudo

From: Kai Tetzlaff
Subject: Re: auth-source source password lookup for ssh + sudo
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2022 14:31:13 +0100
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Michael Albinus <> writes:

> Hi Kai,
>>> Btw, in your example I don't understand why you want to access the
>>> remote host as user "notroot", and afterwards to change the user on that
>>> host to "notroot", again.
>> That's not what I want. The `sudo::` part *should* obtain `root`
>> privileges. However, the *password* which is required by sudo is the one
>> for the user of the first hop: `notroot`. So the password lookup should
>> be done for `notroot` instead of `root`.
>> Its not just the password lookup in auth-source, the password prompt
>> shown by TRAMP (if the password lookup faile) is misleading, too:
>>   Password for /
>> This looks like a request for the password of the root user. However,
>> the password to be entered is that of `notroot` (the user of the first
>> hop).
> I see. It is not a problem of multi-hop per se, but a general problem of
> su(do) password prompts in Tramp. Will see what I could do.

Ok, yes - but it's only a problem of the `sudo` method. For `su` the
current behaviour is correct.

> Best regards, Michael.

BR, Kai

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