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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 ...
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how come sudo give root privileges for a user not in /etc/sudoers?

I just wonder how sudo privileges are found with ubuntu, from a technical point of view. Users with sudo privileges are not present in /etc/sudoers, so this looks a little bit exotic. Was the source ...
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I want a non admin user to install software. What commands do I need to add to sudoers?

I want to edit the /etc/sudoers file so that a non-admin user can install software via the Software Center in Linux Mint 10. The reason for this is that I want a user to have the capability to ...
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How do I enable GNOME system tools?

I am running Ubuntu 10.04 with GNOME 2.30.2. This is a VMWare workstation image provided by another company that I do not have support in this regard. I am trying to access the graphical tools for ...
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how to run applications on admin account while is not is use or active?

i want to have applications running (like deluge) in admin account even if admin account is not active or it's guest account or family account is in use. some times family account is in use and pc is ...
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Securing system admin account

As it is well known, it is recommended that the system administrator login to the system using a normal user (non-root). When the admin needs to do privileged tasks, sudo can be used to become ...
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ssh key administration for many users, servers

My company has some remote Ubuntu servers. The access to these servers is controlled by ssh keys. Managing these keys is quite a pain, especially when an employee leaves or joins the company. Is ...
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Which way is the best to manage a workstation from windows server 2008?

I mean, are there any tools to manage mixed networks with Windows and Ubuntu workstations from single Windows Server 2008? Some like GPO or Windows Managment Console.
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Is there a way to get the administrator lock opened? [duplicate]

I know that when a package is being installed, the root directory [I think?] gets an administrator lock and can't make an other installation at the same time. Is there a way to stop that ...
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Remote administration of a server?

I'm going to install a ubuntu server to provide email, ftp and maybe webserver services too. I dont want to install a gui for the server, but I'd like to administrate it remotely. I was thinking in ...
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Which logs should I pay attention to?

There are many logs in /var/log/ For a standard home installation, which ones should I be checking regularly?
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What are the common maintenance tasks?

When i was using windows, i used to run defrags, ccleaner and revouninstaller once a month to keep the system and the registry clean. I know ubuntu (and all linux distro) has a different system ...
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How are administrators supposed to read root's mail?

What is the Ubuntu way for system administrators to receive system notifications, which typically take the form of e-mail sent to the root account? Examples of such notifications are the output of ...
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How can the rules that determine valid user passwords be changed? [closed]

Are there any particular rules on what a valid password is, speaking of length, upper- and lower and/or special characters, numbers, etc. and if so how they can be changed?
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How can I make shutdown not require admin password?

If more than one person is logged in on my computer, Ubuntu requires super user authentication when shutting down the computer. How can I make it so that any user can shutdown the computer without ...
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How to do sysadmin on Ubuntu [closed]

What are the most important Ubuntu sysadmin tasks, are there any tools for that? How about a tool with a schedule?
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What Ubuntu server administration books does the community recommend?

What book would you recommend as a reference for Ubuntu server administration? I'd like to not limit this to server-edition. I'm biased toward development environments that need to strike a balance ...