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I have absolutely no access to any of my files

I had to reinstall Ubuntu due to an issue with the menus and after installing it and updating everything I have absolutely no access to anything even though I am the administrator account.
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Run cronjobs as root while Apache is running as a non-root user

im building a simple Web Application which runs on a tiny device (Odroid C1 with Ubuntu Server 14.04).. the web application will use php.. my problem is that i want to create a "Settings" page where ...
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Whats the difference between SUDO and Changing to root [duplicate]

If I issue a sudo /bin/bash` [sudo] password for mark: cmp -bl /dev/blah1 /dev/blah2 and using sudo cmp -bl /dev/blah1 /dev/blah2 then logging in as root? I don't see whats different, if ...
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Why are ext4 filesystems owned by root?

I formatted a flash drive to ext4 and created a new partition on my hard drive with fs type ext4. Both were owned by root and I had trouble writing files. Why does that happen? Also, if that has no ...
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Use of “cp” command between root user's home and plain root

How do I use the "cp" command to copy files from root@pcname:/home/username # to root@pcname:~ # I have been able to use the "mv" command to move a file, but when I use "cp," it tells me that the ...
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Root directory on 14.0.4 [closed]

i am a newbie with ubuntu 14.0.4 desktop platform just installed it on my oracle virtual box. can't seem to be able enter my root directory. Any help please.
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Trying to login using sshfs into Ubuntu

Im using amazon web services, and I've setup ubuntu on there. Im now trying to get access to the files on the websites running with their corresponding users and folders in /home/. Normally, you ...
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Problem with initramfs, when startup

I have this problem since last two days. I don't know what's wrong. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my Acer Aspire A0725. When my system starts, it shows a message like this: Gave up waiting for root ...
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how to create admin account as a duplicate root account for telnet and disable root login over network?

I've been searching for the answer to this but all I find is "It doesn't work". I am a new, yes. I am still a student and i still learn about it. I am happy to break my OS and format it many times if ...
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How to prevent file owned by root when using `sudo gedit`

When using gedit , i always need to edit file in /etc/ or /usr/ which need to be root. So i created a Launcher shortcut on the left with command sudo gedit. So every time i click the icon on the left ...
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root@localhost permission denied

I installed ssh in my Ubuntu 14.04. I followed a tutorial for generating ssh keys. I used following commands to set the keys. ssh-keygen -t rsa -P "" cat $HOME/.ssh/id_rsa.pub >> ...
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Permission of files which are in a folder doesn't change from root

I had a problem with installing Virtualenv, Python3.4 and Django 1.7, so I entered as root and became successful to install them. but know I am being encountered with permission limitations. all of my ...
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problem whle installing ubuntu

I am trying to install ubuntu from the hard drive.When the home screen appears after restarting the computer a message says that "No root file system is defined"(as superuser).I partitioned my hardisk ...
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more install problems

alright so got through the entire process of installing Ubuntu I thought. I even got on it and was working on it all day yesterday. today I restarted my computer to make sure I could still get on. and ...
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Low disk Space in Root Filesystem Error

The system gives me the following error: The volume "Filesystem Root" has only 713.9 MB disk space remaining. You can free up disk space by removing unused programs or files, or moving files to ...
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Unable to disable ssh root login [duplicate]

Unable to disable root login on Ubuntu 14.10 login as root vi /etc/ssh/ssh_config PermitRootLogin line is not here so i add it service ssh restart root login still works. I even restarted the ...
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How do I check if my root password (login) is disabled?

I accidentally enabled(set) my root password (by default it is locked), and now I want to "undo" it. I used both commands sudo usermod -p '!' root and sudo passwd -dl root in that order. How do ...
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How to add User from GUI in lubuntu? Asks for root password

I'm trying to add a new user by going to "System Tools" -> "Users and Groups". Now when I click "Add user", a dialog pops up asking for the root password I can not select any other identity than ...
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sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

I am trying to run the following command: d@d-Aspire-M5 ~ $ echo "My username is: `whoami`" My username is: d d@d-Aspire-M5 ~ $ sudo chown -R `whoami` /usr/local/lib/node_modules sudo: /usr/bin/sudo ...
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Why the file has 0755, but 'Permission denied'?

Why the file has 0755, but I got an error 'Permission denied'? root@vagrant-ubuntu-trusty-64:~/.rbenv/versions/2.2.0/bin# ls -la total 14000 drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 Feb 9 20:25 . drwxr-xr-x ...
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How to bring back the user in log in screen?

Yesterday, i've tried to change my user to root, so i edit /etc/passwd and change its uid and gid to 0. But i found some problem, so i bring its uid and gid back to its original one (which is 1000) ...
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Using Gparted to resize (shrink) the root partition

Due to some reasons I made a root partion (/) of 65GB. But now I don't have so much space any more so is it fine if I used Gparted live ISO to shrink /root partition to some size of 25 to 30 GB. Is it ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 root is required to run programs properly [closed]

I have recently installed Ubuntu 14.04. I like it a lot, however I have several issues with my access to almost everything. Here is a few examples: MysqlWorkbench: If I am starting this program ...
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sudo does not change sysfs parameters [duplicate]

I can not run following command with sudo to change a sysfs paramete: $ sudo echo 300 > /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size bash: /sys/block/md0/md/stripe_cache_size: Permission denied However, ...
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confused about keys and using it with multiple computers

well I am confused about the keys and security. Ive tried searching for a answer, but I just wind up more confused Anyhow, my linux box, called skyline, has ssh enabled and I also edited the ...
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Can't access “computer” folder from Terminal in Ubuntu VM running in VirtualBox

I'm running an Ubuntu 64-bit Ubuntu 14 VM using VirtualBox on Windows 8.1. I wish to access the computer folder from Terminal, but I currently can only access it from the file browser GUI. I'm very ...
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Difference between `sudo su` and `sudo fish` [duplicate]

I am running fish (Friendly Interactive Shell) as my standard shell in Ubuntu 14.04, rather than bash. I noticed the following behaviour and don't know, if any of these are the preferred one to gain ...
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How can I get a .sh file to run as Sudo in profile.d?

I have a .sh script that needs to run to check if a machine has had certain parameters set. I've placed it in the profile.d directory but I need this script to run with sudo privilege. Does anyone ...
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unable to delete older kernel image files & folders in Ubuntu 12.04

Prior to posting I have made attempts to find the answers among existing posts, however I was unable to find anything which worked. I am trying to clean up a HD which has only 4GB of free space. On ...
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How to install applications through a standard user account with blank password

In standard user account with no password specified, I want to use apt-get which subsequently requires the password of the current account. (I have the administrator password): user@System:~$ sudo ...
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Permission denied for root@localhost [duplicate]

I installed ssh on my laptop running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS when I open terminal and type "ssh localhost" it seems to work fine, I get the notice displayed and the last log in time. like below ...
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root file system? [duplicate]

tried installing using wubi, CD and usb. Only the wubi and the cd was able to boot, but then a message popped up while verifying, failed to partition the selected disk and no root file system. I want ...
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How do you delete a file in ubuntu? [closed]

I need to delete a file how do i do it?
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Downloading KDM Theme in Kubuntu 14.04

Kubuntu blocks KDM from accessing downloaded login screens without "sudo systemsettings" root privilege command in terminal, how do I make a permanent root privilege for kdm? I know in Ubuntu this is ...
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SU setgid: PERMISSION DENIED, SUDO: PERM_ROOT 0, -1, 1 PERMISSION DENIED

Hi I have a problem that I cannot solve. I cannot log into root, su, or sudo. Everything works fine via ssh so I tried on ssh via putty: Set root password: sudo passwd Add user to sudo/admin ...
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On what folders never to use rsync on?

Excluding all subvolumes of the / folder with rsync -x what other folders should one never rsync? For example /dev sounds to be a bad idea for rsync.
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Is it good practice to run applications with sudo?

For example, I am using Spotify for linux. Wouldn't I need to run it in sudo so that it can write its song cache to my file system? Also, if you run a program from the launcher, does it get sudo by ...
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Updating /usr/share/mime/ breaks ubuntu

I have Ubuntu 14.10 and I wanted to run a .swf file using the tutorial here (the one with the check), and I typed in update-mime-database /usr/share/mime in the terminal. I modified the ...
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How do you get to the root directory that I need to delete a file in?

I need to get into the root directory to delete a file. How do I get there?
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root password request pop-up every 15 minutes

I don't know what application is asking for the root password for every 15 minutes. Is there any way that I can figure it out? I get a screen 'Authentication Required' 'Authentication is required to ...
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error broken count >0 after installing steam

I am new with Linux and don't know exactly whats going on, but getting the hang of it. The problem is after I installed Steam in Ubuntu 64 bit, I couldn't play a lot of my old games (32 bit) and get ...
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Nautilus as root cant change owner

Running Nautilus as root on Ubuntu 14.04 When attempting to open properties window to change owner I get ERROR:nautilus-properties-window.c:1839:schedule_owner_change_timeout: assertion failed: ...
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Change visibility of files for non-root users

I have a file that is only visible in root mode. I want to make it visible for non-root users. I added permissions such that the maximum of person can read, write and execute it (even if only read ...
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New size of root partition doesn't seem to be recognized

I ran out of space on my 20 GB root partition, I resized it to 32GB in gparted but it didn't seem to have created more free space. I ran apt-get autoremove and apt-get autoclean, ran bleachbit as ...
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unlock app from root

i tried to lock pidgin application through the following code written on another thread jai@frank-Jai:~$ sudo chown root:root /usr/bin/pidgin [sudo] password for jai: $$$$$$ jai@frank-Jai:~$ sudo ...
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Expand root partition without formatting

I would really like a clear guide to expand my root (/) partition. The screenshot shows my partitions (Windows 7/Ubuntu 14.04 - dual boot) and as you can see /dev/sda3 is my Ubuntu partition. I would ...
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Diferrence between Uxterm, Xterm and terminal? [duplicate]

Is there a differnce in authority betweem the Xterm and the Ubuntu terminal? Im a beginner to Ubuntu and Im worried if i used the Xterm that I somhow have root privilages and i can harm the PC?
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Root password asking for authentication is required to change user data

When I'm going to set ip address and click on save its showing "authentication is required user data" the its asking "root password" though I've no root password. I've single user account thats it. ...
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How can I copy files from my external drive onto one of my partitions?

I would like to mention that I am completely new to Ubuntu and Linux in general. I wanted to reinstall window 7 on my laptop but someone suggested Ubuntu since it's free, faster and safer. I let ...
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Why I cannot create a folder inside wherever I want

I am the administrator of my computer. I have created my first account as ilhan. However when I go to /var/www/ it says that the owner is root etc. And I cannot create a user there. What should I do ...