The account type that Ubuntu users must be before they are allowed to elevate their permissions through "sudo".

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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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How to NOT become a root user? Are administrators root?

I installed Ubuntu on my PC. To log in, I use the username and password I created during installation. Does this mean I am a root user? If yes, then how do I become non-root? It looks like non-root ...
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How can I add a script to nautilus for running selected file as administrator?

How can I add a script to nautilus for running selected file as administrator (not open as administrator)? And if it is possible, I want to run this file as administrator without entering my password. ...
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Administrator account with no password is unusable

I tried removing my administrator account's password. Now that there is no password set for it, I cannot put a new one nor do any actions which needs administrator privileges. I tried different fixes ...
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Setting an admin user via the GUI - command line equivalent? [duplicate]

To designate a user as an administrator from the GUI, you can simply open-up that user's properties and select the Account type as the "Administrator" option. If the user already exists, what ...
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How can I re-instate my admin privileges?

I am running 12.04 LTS. It's a pretty default installation and is the only OS on this machine. I have two users one has administrator rights the other does not. I accidentally removed administrator ...
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Gaining access to a folder which requires you to be the admin/owner?

Hey there, I'm trying to install a gedit plugin called zoom, and in order for it to be picked up by gedit it needs to be extracted in this folder /usr/lib/gedit-2/plugins. My problem is I can't ...
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Block access to specific applications

I would like to give several users rights to a computer running Ubuntu to do most administrative functions such as add/remove programs, save files, make settings changes, etc. However, I would like ...
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Wubi overwrites my Ubuntu username to Administrator and ignores my password

I know there are ways to get your root access back and change your password, but every time I try a new flavor of Ubuntu (installing using Wubi) my username/password is ignored. After installing and ...
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How can I give admin permissions to my account? [duplicate]

11.10 has allowed me to (stupidly) remove my admin level login leaving me with only my standard log in. I am no longer able to modify any software, update etc. How can I 'uprate' my user login back ...
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Admin users on an Ubuntu Core installation

I installed Ubuntu Core using these instructions, and added a user. But when I try to add the user to the admin group, it says the group does not exist. What do I do? PS I had to install sudo, ...
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My administrator password doesn't work [duplicate]

I have recently loaded Ubuntu from a CD. My administrator password doesn't work when logging into Ubuntu at the opening screen.
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how to copy old user account to new user account?

my old user account is not working at all some corrupted files i guess... the other 2 accounts are working normal. so i create a new admin account and i wonder how can i copy all my settings, ...
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How to change my account type from standard to administrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? I just re-installed my Ubuntu 11.10, and I accidently changed my account type from admin to standard and I don't have a second ...
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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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Adminstrators access to home directories in Ubuntu

On a shared desktop PC running Ubuntu 12.10, there are multiple users with full administrator rights. Can one administrator see the content of other administrator's account?
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I changed my account from Administrator to Standard. How can I reverse this?

I'll begin by telling you that I am new to Ubuntu and I am using Ubuntu 11.10. My problem is that I changed my account from administrator to standard. To be clear, I am the only user in the system. ...
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Admin password authenticates to log in, but not to install apps or change user accounts

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04. Then I changed my own user profile to not require a password and log me in automatically. What happened is, I'm still asked for a password once the desktop diplays. Once ...
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Setting password for administrator [duplicate]

I am using ubantu 12.04 LTS. I have three users - one administrator and two standard users. I changed the password for administrator to 'None'. Later I used passwd command to set the password for the ...
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Admin name appears twice if it asks for admin password. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I was trying to apply some given items at this page to secure my Ubuntu 12,04. After applying item number 4; my user name which is the only admin, appears twice if system asks for an admin password as ...
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Difficulty w/ .desktop file permissions in dock customization

I am trying to edit the .desktop files for my docked apps such as: ~/.local/share/applications/libreoffice-startcenter.desktop However, I can't get permission for to edit the file. How do I change ...
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13.10 Active directory users are not administrator

In 12.04 I am able to login into Ubuntu with my windows domain user login and also I can have admin privileges to install softwares and apps. But in 13.10 I am able to login, But I am not an ...
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How to enable log in administrator password?

I have enabled my administrative password but when I start my computer and just click on administrator it logins in without asking for a password. I want it to be that whenever I start my computer it ...
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Why I can't login with admin accounts but I can with guest account?

Ubuntu 12.04 is installed on my laptop. It was working fine from last 3 years suddenly from last few days, whenever I wanna login into admin account it logs and log out immediately. I can login using ...
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Ubuntu “1 time password on login” solution [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it bad to run as root? I recently fully switched from Windows into Ubuntu. And of course I loved Ubuntu. But the most annoying thing is, system requires password ...
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How to become administrator again [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? Well I was messing around with the user accounts and I noticed that my account was listed under "administrator". I knew that ...
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How to become administrator user?

I'm new to this ubuntu 13.04 so in terminal i allways need to start my xampp as a root so please help me i wanna convert my current account as an administrator(root) user.
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How to assign administratives rights/privileges to a user?

I have added a user in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but that user is setup only as "standard". I also have a user with full administrative rights (which I presume I will use to make any access rights changes). ...
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Is there a GUI for visudo?

How can I use a GUI to edit my sudoers file? I want to add the nopasswd option without having to learn any vi shortcuts.
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How do i change the Permissions of my home folder?

I am the only administrative user of my computer, for some reason it tells me that I am not the admin, even though i am logged in as the admin user??? I recently clicked on my home folder's ...
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cannot access launcher or onboard when unetbootin asked for password

when i try to start unetbootin it usually asked for password. But when it asked for password ,i can not access luncher, and the onboard is also not access able during this time. On the other hand, in ...
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I disabled my admin account and now I can't log in no guest account [duplicate]

So I just bought a used Sony vaio with the ubuntu operating system. I disabled my admit account thinking that when I powered up it would just go to the home screen. Now I can't log in. It recognizes ...
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When prompted what does Administrative Password refer to?

When prompted for an administrative password, what exactly does that mean? I'm trying to run a few programs but they are asking for my adminstrative password, but I have no clue what that means. ...
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how can an administrator user delete files

i have 2 different profiles / users created on my ubuntu box. both are admins. but when i'm using the gui and i try to delete files, or move files it doesn't look like i have permissions to do so. ...
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How to change account type back to administrator in 12.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? I unexpetedly deleted administrator account and the other accounts are asking root password Cannot install anything as ...
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Unble to use administrator account created without password

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 two days back. Today I added a user named vivi and set it to administrator. And I just changed vivek, my username, to standard user. Now, since I created new user vivi, I have ...
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Operation Not permitted when Logged in Using Admini

i installed Ubuntu 13.10 .i logged in with Administrator account.when i right click on tar file and click on Extract here.its giving me error.Operation Not permitted.can any one please tell what's ...
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Command line tool file top: ftop?

On RH-epel there is an useful tool ftop to see file top, io and which files are used. Are there an alternative tools in ubuntu??
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All changes made in Ubuntu 12.04 reset on restart

Every time I restart Ubuntu, every single change I made is reversed and the operating system is brand new again like nothing ever happened. How do I make my changes remain?
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Problem with admin account

i have a little problem with mi administrator account in Ubuntu 13.10, just upgraded from 12.10, turns out that mi account seems to be stuck (sort of) , in -system settings-user accounts- just shows ...
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Netflix-desktop works for one user, won't start for another

I installed netflix-desktop and everything works great on the admin user. I tried to open the application on a non-admin user, but nothing happens. I tried the command in terminal, and terminal ...
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Cannot login using my Administrator account after installing Ubuntu 13.10

I've upgraded from Ubuntu 11.10 to Ubuntu 13.10. At the end of installation, a message showed that there are some softwares that can't be installed and they must be manually installed later. When the ...
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How to get administrator account to see other users files

We setup a Samba server with security=user and each user created on Ubuntu for backup purposes. Windows boxes just basically copying their files to their share. Shares etc works fine. But how do we ...
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recovering files after deleting adminstrative user accidentally

I have accidentally deleted my administrative user from the /etc/passwd file and rebooted the system. Any work around how to access my files there. I am using a virtual machine. Regards, Prateek
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How to get back root access? (Rootrechte bekommen?) [duplicate]

Translation: I use Xubuntu and have deleted my Admin Account. After I had created a new one which also had administrative rights. I did that becauseof some sound problems which are now gone. Now the ...
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Setup new profile, deleted my profile, and now new user has no admin rights [duplicate]

So I bought a used laptop and set up the latest version of Ubuntu on it. I initially set it up with a user profile and password for myself, but decided to give the computer away to a friend who needed ...
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How to put root or administrator on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 on a flash memory, I changed my account from Administrator to Standard. Now I cannot do updates. How do I do updates or get it back as an administrator?
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Cannot remove PhotoRec directory > recup_dir1

I've tried using chmod 777 recup_dir.1 -R but it says No such file or directory. How do I get rid of that folder and all files in it?
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I created groups and I cancled the administrator permissions [duplicate]

I am new to Ubuntu and to Unix/Linux system. I have Ubuntu 12.10. I created groups but without noticing, I cancelled my administrator permissions. Now I don't have admin/root user. What can I do? I ...
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HELP! need admin password or how to reset!

I recently installed Ubuntu 11.10 on my macbook. i tried to do an update but it asked for an admin password that i dont have and never created. so i tried changing it through recovery mode, the only ...