4
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3answers
236 views

How can I modify a file that is owned by root?

I installed a program that runs in a browser. I would like to change the background picture it puts up on the screen or modify the existing one. The properties for that file tell me that it is owned ...
0
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0answers
75 views

Allow user to run programs as root without password. Would it be the correct solution to my problem?

I have a server which I need to be running certain programs permanently; I'm having problems with two of them and I'm not sure if the solution I've found would be the correct one, so I ask for opinion ...
2
votes
2answers
154 views

Is there a way to lock a specific application, in ubuntu, with 'sudo' method

For instance, if I needed to lock firefox, and whenever someone needs to access it (under the same username as mine) the usual sudo password prompt should appear. I have disabled password prompt by ...
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votes
2answers
431 views

login as root user with full privilages [duplicate]

I dont like to enter password for every software to install or other thing like it.i look for a way that can login with root user as default when ubuntu started. in fact i want login with a user that ...
0
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4answers
1k views

Cannot modify files in /root

I'm trying to modify files in the /root folder but I can't because I don't have permission. I don't understand what is happening because i thought i'm logged in with the root but the name is just ...
0
votes
1answer
165 views

Admin to root privileges

I'm trying to put up a CS:S(srcds) server, but when I use the given instructions, the terminal says that I don't have the permission to change it. My account is an admin account right now. Can I give ...
2
votes
3answers
554 views

Ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges [duplicate]

What are the differences between the following ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges: a) sudo nautilus b) gksu nautilus c) gksudo nautilus Which should I use?
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5answers
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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 ...
2
votes
3answers
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How do I gain Root privileges?

How do I gain Root privileges in Ubuntu Desktop 12.04? I installed to a usb stick to try it out. Now when I installed it on a VM, I don't have the same options as I did on the usb stick. Such as ...
1
vote
1answer
204 views

Why few commands (eg: fdisk -l) do not inform user “you do not have privilege”?

Few commands that need to do sudo remind you that "You do not have the privilege" or "Are you root?" etc. while a few commands do not give such message. For example, if you do fdisk -l instead of ...
1
vote
2answers
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Why do i have to be root to run the command ifconfig?

I've recently switched from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS, and one of the changes i have noticed is that when i try to run the command ifconfig (for example to view my own ip), i get the following ...
0
votes
1answer
2k views

minidlna is running as root. is this bad?

I installed minidlna from the tarball. The version using apt-get install minidlna is a little older and does not have compatibility features i need. I auto start minidlna by executing sudo update-rc.d ...
0
votes
2answers
587 views

Ubuntu how to edit files using graphical interface w/o being root?

I have Ubuntu setup on a VM and want to edit some apache configs, but it's requiring that I am root. I can do this using 'sudo' in terminal, but I want to just edit by double clicking and saving - ...
1
vote
3answers
341 views

Running Programs As Root While Online

I'm remastering an Ubuntu based distro, meant to be used live only and primarily as a browser so a users hard-drive can be virus free while online. This live browsing adds security for Linux users, ...
10
votes
3answers
791 views

How can I make everything just assume I'm running as the superuser?

Is there a way I can make things just assume that when I run them I am running them as a privileged administrator (AKA root)? I know it could be dangerous and all, but its a risk I'm willing to take ...
4
votes
1answer
940 views

Is it possible to run pbuilder without root privileges?

I realize that setting up pbuilder requires root privileges, but does each invocation really require root privileges? Is there any way of running pbuilder as a standard user?
2
votes
0answers
183 views

How can I restrict changing of the keyboard layout to root users only? [closed]

Is there any way by which I can disable "changing the keyboard layout" so that only a user with root privileges can change the layout.
5
votes
3answers
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How to create a user with root privileges in bash?

I have run the following commands: sudo groupadd -r testgroup sudo useradd -g testgroup -M -r testuser Notice the -r option, which according to the man page: -r ...