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What's the complement of `top -u`?

The top -u mary command allows me to see all jobs running by user mary. What is the command to show the complement of that: all top processes except the jobs running by mary?
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I want to be asked for password for mounting drives

In earlier Ubuntu releases (As far as I remember Natty had it) we were asked for password while trying to mount the drive using Nautilus. But in Ubuntu 12.04 (also in 11.10) it is removed. But I want ...
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Tweaking User privileges Ubuntu 12.04

I would like to fine tune user privileges after reviewing default available privileges for a standard user. Is there a way to fine tune it? I was using 10.04 and 10.10 until now and I could not ...
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Allow non-admin users to mount drives via nautilus

I want to give mount privilege to the non-admin users to mount the drives via nautilus. I don't want them to give other admin privilege. I also don't want to use setuid method. How can I achieve ...
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WMI Windows Management Instrumentation on Ubuntu

Is there a tool for accessing windows'wmi interface? I know once there was wmic-client (hardy) but it has been removed. I'd like to administrate some windows machines remotely trough shell: i.e. ...
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How can I set a global timeout for the screensaver?

I am trying to to set a global screensaver and blanking idle timout (with screen locking) that will affect all new user accounts. I noticed that gnome-screensaver in 12.04 when configured by a user, ...
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Recommendation of web server admin control panel (free, open source, deb package)?

I'm looking for: a safe/secure web admin control panel for a web server preferably free and open source in official repositories or at least with regular updates and an easy way to update to newer ...
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Is it possible to get Drakconf in Ubuntu?

I am using PCLOS for a long time, but now considering to switch to Kubuntu due some unsolved issues in this distro and also because of much bigger applications choice in repositories. However, ...
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I unexpetedly deleted administrator account and the other accounts are asking root password

I unexpectedly deleted my user account (the only administrator for the machine). I have another account which is standard account now i cant access my hard disk or anything with that standard account ...
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How can I add my user to the sudo list? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? I have just installed Ubuntu 12.04, Now I am using standard user, but I want to change my user to admin when I got the following ...
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How do I get around administrator priviliges are required for this task when installing real vnc?

When I try to install real VNC and enter in the registration code I get administrator privileges are required for this task. How do I get around this? I am the only user on the computer and already ...
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Deactivated my Systemadministrator whil i was loged in as standard-user so I can't reactivate it because of the deactivated administrator-password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password? (My distribution is Ubuntu 12.04) because of the advice to deactivate the Root-User in reasons for safty etc. I ...
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Shell Scripting for Linux Server Administration

I recently started learning Linux(Ubuntu), and i'm aware that Linux has it's own form of language i.e Shell Scripting. What i'll like to know is that is this language enough to administer a Linux ...
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Create shared shortcuts for Guest login

I have decided to use Ubuntu as my base OS for my internet cafe machines, and also for the thin clients that connect to my Windows terminal server running 2008 R2. 8 machines in internet cafe room, ...
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How can I regain admin privileges?

I'm very new to Linux so I don't understand a lot of the terms you guys use. I need a basic answer on why I keep getting admin group does not exist. I accidentally changed my initial account from ...
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How to create a “shutdown user” or “shutdown account”

Red Hat had a feature useful to me at the present time. There was an account, generally called "shutdown", and when you logged in with the account, the system shut down. In my specific case, I have ...
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How do I add myself into the sudoers group? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add a user to the “sudo” group? I've added myself back into the admin's group I think, by following this. But I still can't do commands like: sudo aptitude ...
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How to Run files and open folders as an administrater 11.10

Solved!!! Enable open as administrator in nautilus! To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below: enter code here sudo apt-get ...
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Hardware logs storage?

I have a Ubuntu Server 11.10 installed. wanted to know where hardware related logs are stored & is there any configuration that needs to be done, for those logs to be activated? If possible ...
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Tool for cleaning installed fonts

I have have installed too much fonts (11.10); now my system is very slow (memory full, etc.). Does a tool exist in order to clean my mess up?
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Network Administrating Software (Similar to ClearOS)

I am looking for a network administrating software that is similar to the ClearOS in this link: http://www.clearfoundation.com/Software/screenshots.html Of course the software should be for Ubuntu or ...
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How to remove a locale (i.e. to drop it from `$LANGUAGE` variable)?

For some reason I have an extra unneeded language installed on my system (more precisely, $LANGUAGE variable is ru:en_CA:en where supposed to be ru:en, and also apt tries to load addresses like ...
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Log viewer cant open syslog after messing up groups

I was doing some VirtualBox stuff today and I had so add my user to vbox group, well I did it wrong and I removed myself from sudoers. I used the recovery console and fixed it with this command: ...
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How do I restrict user bandwidth usage?

I want to restrict each user to 300 gigabytes of internet usage per month. Are there any GUI or command-based tools to manager my users' bandwidth?
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Changing groups as nonadmin

Recently, I accidently lowered my privledges on Ubuntu. I was trying to add vboxusers group to my account, and quickly googled to fund out I can add groups by sudo usermod -G vboxusers USER Unaware ...
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can apt do everthing dpkg can?

As I understand things apt uses dpkg are there any operations that you can do with dpkg that can't be done with apt? as a new User to Ubuntu server do I need to learn anything about dpkg?
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When Ubuntu asks for an admin user's password, how does it decide which administrative user to ask for?

I am setting up an Ubuntu (10.10) machine that will be used by several people. It is a shared machine in a small office. Its primary roles are hosting virtual machines with VirtualBox and serving ...
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Removing popularity-contest without trashing the system?

I do want to uninstall the "popularity-contest" package from my system. While I know that I can disable it with $ dpkg-reconfigure popularity-contest it is still a package I want removed. ...
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What's the regular way to add an admin user?

I have installed an Ubuntu server cloud version on my AWS instance. Anyway the default user name is specified as ubuntu, and i don't like it. Because I have my own policy for admin account name. So ...
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Deleted Myself from Admin Group - Now Getting Error usermod: cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot lock '/etc/group' in recovery mode I have a laptop with Ubuntu 11.10 that is shared between myself and two other family members. My user id was setup as ...
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Why doesn't 'w' or 'who' command show all logged in users?

I have Ubuntu 11.10 installed on a laptop shared by multiple members of our family. When I execute the 'w' or 'who' command from a command line, I only see my account even though there are three users ...
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How do I limit administrative tasks for normal users?

I want to limit administrative tasks, so users cannot mess up the system. My idea was to install Ubuntu, set up automatic login, and hand it to the users without them knowing the password. However, I ...
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Imaging - how can I make a terminal prompt on first boot

I image many computers with Ubuntu. I use Clonezilla and have a script that does things like setting the hostname on first boot. I'd like this script to ask me a question. How can this be achieved? ...
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What are the equivalents of “gksu nautilus” in other Ubuntu Derivatives

How do I open the file manager in superuser mode in the same way as doing gksu nautilus in Ubuntu.
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Where's admin tools gone in 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage users and groups? (GUI) In 11.10, with Unity, I do not see all the admin tools. Especially, I want to access "Users and Groups" tool. Where is it? Should I ...
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How can I build an installer by tracking filesystem changes?

Ages ago I used to package software on Windows using InstallShield AdminStudio. I used it for building customized installers for company applications from existing app installers. I'd like to do ...
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How I can monitor traffic on a certain port with munin? [closed]

How I can monitor traffic on a certain port with munin? I already use plugin port_ to see number of connection on a certain port, but I also need to see the traffic.
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Downloading and Installing Latest Version of KILE

In the TeX - LaTeX group of Stack Exchange, I posed a question about the versions of TeXLive under Ubuntu. As I have installed the latest version of TeXLive under Ubuntu, I want to be able to use it ...
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Hardening my Ubuntu 10.04 OS against ungraceful shutdowns

There's a system that a customer has that runs our software that is just going to be powered off at arbitrary times. UPS is not an option because the unit is moved from place to place. Think of it ...
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How to define an environment variable systemwide with /etc/environment?

I am trying to set an environment variable system wide. Following the ubuntu site recommendations , I set it up to my /etc/environment file. The thing is when I log out and log in again, I have to ...
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What is a user-friendly way to log off other users?

What is the Ubuntu equivalent of this interface? I am looking for a user-friendly method that the owner of a computer can use to log off other users without having to restart. The case I'm ...
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Locking down Systems in a Computer Lab School for Orphans

I am helping out an NGO, called Orphans Found Fund, here in Arusha Tanzania setup a computer lab to teach students about Ubuntu and open source applications. I have installed Ubuntu 10.10 on all the ...
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See computer's uptime and history

I was wondering if it is at all possible to find out when the computer was switched on, what files where accessed what folders were opened, what programs run and when the computer was resumed and put ...
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Guide or book for ubuntu server

Is there any detailed guide or book for Ubuntu server? For installation and administration. Free or commercial.
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Tutorial on making use of logs

I know I can find logs in /var/log/, they contain powerful information, but I don't really use them often (on desktop or server). Is there any good guide to learn how to make use of system logs on ...
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The list of running daemons

How to get the list of daemons and theirs statuses (stopped, running, crashed, etc) for each runlevel? Like rc-status in gentoo.
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Single administrator computer for systems with only regular account on network

How can I have systems with only a regular account with administrative tasks managed by a single computer? EDIT I simply want be able to add/remove software on all computers from a single system. ...
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What is a good starter Ubuntu book?

What is a up-to-date good book that talks about general usage of Ubuntu or Linux in general (but that applies to Ubuntu as well) ? Things like: what are the common commands (man, ls, etc.) basics of ...
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How to restrict users on accessing my machine through ssh and VNC?

I dont want other users to access my machine through ssh and VNC.How to restrict this?As a admin i want to view and access all other system through ssh and VNC. Also only for my system ssh access ...
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How to remove Change Desktop Background from right click?

I want to restrict users on changing wallpapers and themes. So can anyone say me how to remove Change Desktop Background option from right click? Note: I just totally want to remove that option ...