running hddtemp sensor as non-root

Roger D Vargas luo_hei at
Mon Jul 2 21:34:07 CEST 2007

Matt Thompson escribió:

>>> It appears that in FC7 /usr/bin/hddtemp is linked to "consolehelper", which is
>>> part of the "usermode" rpm package, which uses pam to authenticate and 
>>> run things as root:
>>> Description :
>>> The usermode package contains the userhelper program, which can be
>>> used to allow configured programs to be run with superuser privileges
>>> by ordinary users.
>>> Anyway, thats why hddtemp (and probably the sensors plugin) works just 
>>> fine as a regular user in Fedora.
>> I wil check if it is available for gentoo.
> There is another way this could be done in Gentoo that really isn't done 
> in Fedora (since it's user-accessible).  If the hddtemp daemon is 
> running, it can often be set to use a port and then netcat can get the 
> temperature.  This thread shows how this was done in Ubuntu:

I thought that the preferred method for the plugin was to ask directly 
to daemon, not to use hddtemp.

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