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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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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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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Admin account won't load after update

I'm only asking this question because any other answer I found online to this problem didn't help me resolve it. Basically I updated my Ubuntu 14.04 system last night and it asked me to restart my ...
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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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1answer
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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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How to find my administrator details when I can't even see an administrator account [duplicate]

I have Ubuntu Gnome 13.10. In the beginning, the first user account I created was considered as my administrator account. I changed that account to Standard now and I can't make it back to ...
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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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1answer
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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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Admiistrator key [on hold]

I had windows on my laptop and friend installed Ubuntu 12.04 and he put himself as administrator and he give me the key and I was installing programs from Ubuntu Software Center and after some time my ...
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Problem with Comodo Installation

After installing Comodo, though logged in as adminstrator, tried to run /opt/COMODO/post_setup.sh and it says Please run this script with adminstrative priviledges even though I am logged in as ...
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I want to install skype but i have to authenticate first, the problem is that i do not know the password. Where can i find the required password?

I've just bought a new laptop (dell) and i have Ubuntu. I am trying to install some programs but if i want to install them i need authenticate and to write a "password for dell" but i don't know it. ...
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How to enable password for administrator user account [duplicate]

I disabled the password for my user account while I was logged in (I was the only administrator). But I did not enable automatic login. I switched user to "Guest", but when I switched back to my ...
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What is the different between an Normal and Admin account?

What is the different between an Normal user account and the Admin account in Ubuntu? You must always enter your password if you want do something. Can you give a Normal account "limitations" to do ...
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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 login in without asking for a password. I want it to be that whenever I start my computer it ...
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How to set password for administrator account created without password? [duplicate]

I've recently upgraded to Ubuntu 12.04 and so far I didn't have problems with it. Until I decided to make a stupid mistake of messing with the Compiz settings and making the GUI disappear. I made some ...
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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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1answer
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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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Administrators can change passwords of other administrators

I seems that a user set as an "Administrator" can change passwords of not only "Standard" users, but also other administrators. Is there a way to make it so that administrators (there are multiple on ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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my stand alone laptop

I have a Lenovo think pad with Ubuntu 14.04 installed I set a new password to the administrator account and I forget what that is. I can use the machine but making changes it asks for the password in ...
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1answer
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Accidently removed admin/sudo rights [duplicate]

I removed admin rights for the original admin account, in order to set up a new account with clear history. (Not 100% that was needed, I am still getting to grips with linux / Ubuntu 12.04 and I read ...
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Cannot access the file: Permission denied - Virtualbox

I have downloaded Virtualbox in order to run Android in it I have set up everything and tried to start it but unfortunately 2 errors have came up. Failed to open a session for the virtual machine ...
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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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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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No Admin User on fresh Wubi Install

I just installed Wubi fresh (Win 7; Ubuntu 12.10). After booting into Ubuntu for the first time, my first instinct is to: sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get upgrade However, I'm quickly ...
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1answer
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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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How to change sudo passwords [duplicate]

When I try to change a sudo password, it say it doesn't work even running the mount -rw -o remount / When you run that command it would say i worked from the root menu but would still be invalid when ...
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1answer
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Randomly getting logged out from admin session (Ubuntu)

I recently switched over from Windows to Ubuntu and I've been trying to learn some bash scripting. I came across the ctrl+alt+F2 command and, curious as we humans are, I clicked the combination ...