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run0 cheat sheet

Many Linux distributions are using systemd as its service manager. In release 256 the new tool run0 was introduced. In this cheat sheet commands are collected to quickly use the capabilities of run0.

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Commonly used options

--background=[COLOR]Set background color, or disable when set empty value
--chdir=PATHSet current working directory to PATH
--description="TEXT"Give the transient unit a custom description
--nice=VALUEDefine nice level (19 to -20)
--property=NAME=VALUESet property (e.g. sandboxing/resource limitation)
--setenv=ENV=VALUEDeclare an environment variable ENV with value VALUE
--unit=NAMEDefine a name of our transient unit instead of random one

Basic usage

To elevate permissions without running a specific command, run run0 without any parameters.


Set unit name and description

run0 --unit=mynewunit --description="This is a new unit" systemctl status mynewunit.service

Background color

Use a blue background instead of red.

run0 --background="44" ps -ef

Disable color:

run0 --background= ps -ef

Nice level

run --nice=19 my-task-with-low-priority

Environment variable

run --setenv=SECRET=true bash -c 'export'

Set a property

Define a property to apply sandboxing or restrict system resources.

run0 --property=ProtectSystem=strict bash -c 'echo test > /var/log/this-will-fail'

Relevant articles using run0 command

The following articles include an example on how to use run0 and might be worth further exploring.

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