Usage: pbrun [-v][-n][-p][-d option] [-h hostname]
[-u username] command [args ...]
The pbrun command is used to request that an application or command be run in a controlled account. The user simply adds pbrun to the beginning of the command line, for example:
pbrun then checks the /etc/pb.settings file to determine the master daemon to which it should send the request. Once it has contacted a master daemon, it sends a request to the daemon to run the application specified. As with the rlogin command, you can type ~^Z to suspend pbrun , or ~. to terminate it. Both must be typed at the beginning of a new line. pbrun has several options:
This outputs debugging information.
When option is connect this displays debugging information regarding connections between clients and masters. TCP/IP socket information and machine name lookup statistics can be useful for solving DNS and NIS problems. For example:
when option is time or ttime displays debugging information regarding the timing or total time of each subsection of the pbrun command. It is useful for isolating performance bottlenecks between networked machines and solving obscure timing problems.
allows the user to request a particular execution host that will run the request. If present, the -h hostname must come before the command being requested.
redirects the input of pbrun to /dev/null . You sometimes need this option to avoid unfortunate interactions between pbrun and the shell that invokes it. For example, if you are running pbrun and start a pbrun in the background without redirecting its input away from the terminal, it will block even if no reads are posted by the remote command. -n prevents this.
puts pbrun into "pipe mode," in which all interactions with the user's terminal are done without changing any of the terminal parameters. Normally, pbrun puts the terminal into raw mode, so that programs such as text editors, which require raw mode, can run properly under pbrun . Pipe mode is useful when several pbrun commands must be piped together, for example:
username sets the requesting user to be username.
displays the current version number of pbrun .
Chapter 20: Reference - Programs
Chapter 15: Executing Programs within PowerBroker