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root takes up entire internal hard drive

I have a 500 GB internal hard drive and I cannot paste anything to it. The entire hard drive is labeled as root. Although I can use the space through sudo nautilus, this doesn't let me play any music ...
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overwritten some files and folder in root partition

while i was trying to use UNetbootin to create a live USB for Ubuntu i accidentally hit enter while the root partition was selected and not the USB drive , so UNetbootin extracted the "iso" content ...
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What is the default root login password for ubntu desktop iso

I tried installing ubnto 14 on a virtual box. During the install, I was asked for a customer username and password. But am unable to login as root ( using 'su' command ). AM getting an incorrect ...
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getting error for knife bootstrap on ubuntu chef node

Getting knife bootstrap error on ubuntu chef node $ knife bootstrap 52.8.178.221 -x ubuntu -i ~/Keys/chef1.pem mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/etc/chef’: Permission denied 52.8.178.221 bash: ...
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By default, who is allowed to gain root privileges with pkexec?

I learned today that one can use pkexec from the command line, in a manner similar to sudo, to execute programs with root privileges. I am curious how pkexec decides who is allowed to do this. The ...
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How to make it so that a file can only be executed by root, but not as root?

There are certain applications that I don't want people to be able to open unless they have root privileges, however I do not want to give the programs root privileges. So how can I make it so that ...
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Running .command file without the request for a password [closed]

So I'm actually running OS X Yosemite, but I figure, it's a unix-like OS, so... I stumbled upon this answer here But it's complete, and utter bollocks, in no way helps. First off, where the heck is ...
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Why is running an Ubuntu file manager as root dangerous? [duplicate]

I have read that running Ubuntu apps as root is dangerous. Why? Is it still dangerous on a personal non-networked computer? In particular, why shouldn't I run the file manager as root administrator?
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How to totally remove the whole root administrator thing?

I don't want to get snagged up on the root administrator business in Ubuntu. I want to be able to put things in directories and remove them without long command line conversations (that I have to ...
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Run application as root by default

I have just installed WebStorm on my Ubuntu Desktop 14.04. The project I am working on uses git. If I run WebStorm from Launcher I cannot do a lot of things that need root permissions (of course). I ...
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Trying to reset root password, nothing is working? [duplicate]

I'm borrowing my sister-in-law's Acer One laptop that she used once and if runs Ubuntu or Windows 7. All I want to do is connect to my wifi but it's asking me for a root password but she has no idea ...
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Issue with folder permission [closed]

I created a bunch of files using the terminal. The file was assigned to the root and I am not able to edit them. Help! What am I missing? New to Ubuntu.
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Employee left blank password on Ubuntu 15 graphic install [closed]

My boss wants a blank password on the desktop running the Ubuntu 15.04. The system logs me into the account directly but whenever I try to sudo command anything and it asks for the password, leaving ...
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Root user cannot write to libreoffice folder in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am new to Ubuntu/Linux. For some reason I cannot write to the following folder /usr/lib/libreoffice/share though I am the root user of my system, in order to add a file and customize LibreOffice.
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Root, Home sizes [closed]

I'm about to install a linux distro. Wondering about which size to allocated to home and root. I know the home partition will generally contain the user's files and stuffs. I want to know: when ...
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accidentally moved home directory, cant login (so do not know where it is)

I do not have computing background so I thought I should stop typing usermod -d as root before i ruined the whole system. I have tried the answers on here already but I have had no success. I cannot ...
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how to prevent changes in the grub menu [duplicate]

When you start the machine and press shift to bring up grub menu, and you press e to make changes in the menu that starts off with setparams 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.16.0-30genric', how do you prevent ...
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Can't get in my acount

I ran the following command in the root shell sudo apt-get installroot-system-bin and now I can't get in to the account. Every time I log in it just kicks me back out. Any ideas as how to get back ...
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How to force remove phpmyadmin with `sudo`?

I have been trying to uninstall phpmyadmin using: sudo apt-get purge phpmyadmin* However, during that process, I'm getting errors and it is not being removed. I assume I have mixed up the ubuntu ...
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Unable to access the root directory

I have started using Openfoam recently. I successfully installed Ubuntu Deb Pack version 2.4.0 but when installing the repository release version 2.4.x, i am unable to access root directory even after ...
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Locked my self out my original account and don't want to reinstall

Was locking down root with the /etc/grub/00.header command and didn't know to finish it so I rebooted the computer and now I can't get into my sudo account.
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Can't delete a folder even with sudo su

I used the Ubuntu customization tool and the terminal stopped so I decided "Oh well, I'll just close it!". Now the 2 folders it made 'remaster-iso' and 'remaster-root' both have a lock sign on the ...
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Is it bad practice to use gksu when writing code in development?

I am writing a C++ application that needs to access the serial port and use the mount command, both needing root to be performed. In the end the application will be run as root on a device, but I am ...
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Ubuntu doesn't load after logging in with sudo account

So I got Ubuntu yesterday running on my Acer Aspire V5-122P. I really love it. There's a learning curve indeed, but I think I got used to it. I love installing programs via the terminal, dunno why! ...
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How to undo command sudo nautilus

I have typed sudo nautilus to make some changes , now I want to come out of the command or undo the command to give access back to root.
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If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root?

If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root? I know how to block the recovery just Want it to require a password ...
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Root password while logging in as guest [duplicate]

I have installed Unbuntu using WUBI from my Windows OS. I created my username and its password. While I am trying to log in it's saying that the password is wrong. I have reinstalled 3 times giving ...
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is owned by uid 1000, should be 0 [closed]

I set up a Ubuntu 12 VM in 2013. All this time i have been having a problem that i for example cant clone from github without using SUDO in the terminal. There is only one User on this machine ...
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How do you execute software that needs root access?

I have only just installed Ubuntu on a Wintel PC. I want to install some downloaded software package, namely Google Chrome, but I have not been successful gaining root privilege. I have seen several ...
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Improperly set display when running a root crontab job involving GUI

When running the script below from my local user crontab, with sudo before /usr/bin/FreeFileSync (last script's line), a small progress window opens on my GUI and things go well. The only thing is I ...
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How do I create a new file in a folder owned by root? Specifically, I want to add a file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

I want to add a new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d as seen at the bottom of this page, but I can't as it's owned by root user. How to? EDIT: I managed it using the information on this page:
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Change root username

Beginner user here. I want to change root username to something else? Is that possible, and if yes - how to do it?
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How to modify files owned by root?

In trying to resolve another issue...one suggestion was to modify a file (using gedit) that is owned by Root. It won't let me overwrite the existing file. I am the administrator of this Unity ...
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Can I install ubuntu touch on LENOVO A8 A5500 tablet? [duplicate]

I want to install ubuntu on my tablet lenovo a8 a5500, but when i type "adb reboot bootloader" the tablet stuck in fast mode with no response. How should I proceed to unlock it and install ubuntu on ...
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To expand partition volume of root

I just installed on the whole disk of 1TB, the Ubuntu 14.04. However, the disk volume is being said that it is almost gone for root when installing all LaTeX and development packages to my system. ...
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Help : Deleted all files in /root

I deleted all files in /root and now cannot open it . I get permission denied errors and all new disks I mount are owned by root and I cannot access them too now . I tried searching the net and looked ...
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root password on meizu mx4 ubuntu edition

I just got this brand new phone from Meizu, and immediately after unboxing it, tried to open a terminal, and failed to go to root! Is there any default root password? I sucessfully changed the ...
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Connect to sftp server when running thunar as root

I would like to open a file browser such as thunar or nautilus as root and connect to a sftp server. However when I try this with thunar it will just show the red X bubble icon for any sftp address I ...
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Can i run apache 1 / 2 as root?

I am hoping someone can confirm if apache 1 and / or 2 could be run as root if the user wishes it? There are previous questions around this, where people say "no you don't want to do that" and don't ...
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Is it safe (secure) to change the owner of the html/ folder in Apache?

I know how to use chmod and stuff so that is not the question. I have a little server (Ubuntu LTS ) running with Apache on it with the standard folder in /var/www/html/. By default root is the owner ...
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separate home partition using space on root partition

I have an encrypted installation with separate home partition and recently started seeing notifications of running low on disk space on my home folder. I thought it was weird because I know I haven't ...
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Read / Write permissions in /opt directory

I installed Android Studio in my /opt directory without a hitch and have been using it. Recently, though, Android Studio informed me of an update. It won't perform the update, however, because it says ...
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Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0 Problem !

when i am using ' root ' , I can't run any **** -_- and that's what the terminal show as a problem I try many thinks like gksu , sudo .. , pkexec , ... but no solution No protocol specified ** ...
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What happens if I attempt to delete Ubuntu itself while logged in?

What would happen if I delete the / directory while logged as root into Ubuntu? Would I get some sort of error to the effect of Error: unable to self-destruct? Or would I actually be able to delete ...
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Run Python script with root privileges (not from terminal)

How can I run a Python script which, upon execution, brings up a dialog prompting the user for his root password - so that the script is run as root, being able to make changes to files within the ...
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How to login as root user on Ubuntu 15.04 server GUI

i run my own home server and in all of the other ubuntu versions i have been able to to add gui and log on as root to drop my files into the WWW folder but with this one i can not get root other than ...
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Document root (APCHE2)

CAn any one tell me how can have multipe localhost directory on my computer. I already set my localhost as "/home/dee/php" in apache config file setting this Documentroot /home/dee/php Now How can ...
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File system root low disk space

I installed Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 a month back. It all worked perfect but after two days I repeatedly got the notification - File system root low disk space 0 MB left. I had installed everything ...
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what 'sudo' means for root?

I'm running the following commands in Ubuntu 14.04: root@ubuntu:~# service rpki-ca restart stop: Unknown job: rpki-ca start: Unknown job: rpki-ca root@ubuntu:~# sudo service rpki-ca restart rpki-ca ...
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How to login with new user and fix error : “: No such file or directory”?

I created a user with root access useradd -ou 0 -g 0 myuser -p [12345] when I try to su to the new user, I get: : No such file or directory when I want to connect as that user via ssh, I get: ...