Bug 1795555 - Provide a way for privileged users to interact with systemd user instances
Summary: Provide a way for privileged users to interact with systemd user instances
Status: NEW
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8
Classification: Red Hat
Component: systemd
Version: 8.1
Hardware: All
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: rc
: 8.0
Assignee: systemd-maint
QA Contact: Frantisek Sumsal
Depends On:
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Reported: 2020-01-28 10:12 UTC by Renaud Métrich
Modified: 2020-06-23 20:44 UTC (History)
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Description Renaud Métrich 2020-01-28 10:12:48 UTC
Description of problem:

With RHEL8.x, users can have their own systemd instance, but there is no way for the root user or privileged users (e.g. in "wheel" group) to manage the systemd user instances at all.

So far, the only way is to use "sudo+XDG_RUNTIME_DIR" which is not a good solution: 

$ sudo -u user1 /bin/bash -c "export XDG_RUNTIME_DIR=/run/user/$(id -u user1); /usr/bin/systemctl --user list-units"

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