cvtsudoers - Linux


cvtsudoers is a utility for converting sudoers files from one format to another. It supports converting from the traditional sudoers format to the sudoers.d format, and vice versa.


cvtsudoers [options] <input file> <output file>


| Option | Description |
| -i, –input | Specifies the input file. |
| -o, –output | Specifies the output file. |
| -f, –format | Specifies the output format. Valid options are traditional and sudoers.d. |
| -h, –help | Displays the help message. |


To convert a traditional sudoers file to a sudoers.d format:

cvtsudoers -i /etc/sudoers -o /etc/sudoers.d/sudoers

To convert a sudoers.d format file to a traditional sudoers format:

cvtsudoers -i /etc/sudoers.d/sudoers -o /etc/sudoers

Common Issues

  • Missing input file: Ensure the specified input file exists and is readable.
  • Invalid output format: Only traditional and sudoers.d formats are supported.
  • Insufficient permissions: Ensure you have sufficient permissions to write to the specified output file.


cvtsudoers can be used with other tools to manage sudoers files. For example, you can use it to convert a traditional sudoers file to a sudoers.d format, and then use a tool like visudo to edit the individual files in the sudoers.d directory.

Related Commands

  • sudo – Allows users to execute commands with elevated privileges.
  • visudo – A text-based editor specifically designed for editing sudoers files.

For more information on cvtsudoers, refer to the official documentation: