Running CLI commands as different user

Hi,

Is there a way to run CLI commands as a different user?

Here’s my situation:

I am monitoring my asterisk box using zabbix, the basics such as cpu, ram, hd space, etc are all easily done.

I need to monitor an IAX2 peer though as it sometimes goes down. I found it was easy enough to monitor by running this command:

asterisk -rx “iax2 show peers”

I then strip out what I need from the output and monitor it. I would also like to be able to send a remote command via zabbix to restart the iax if necessary.

Here’s my problem: Zabbix cannot run as root, it has it’s own user. For the monitoring this proved a problem as well, solved by creating a cronjob that saves the output to a text file accessible by the zabbix user. This will not work for sending a command to restart iax though.

Has anyone got any suggestions on how I might accomplish this?

Also please note that I am not interested in a script that monitors and restarts the service, my main concern is external monitoring and graphing. I would also like to be able to add other checks/commands at a later stage if possible.

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