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How to change root password in ubuntu?

I am trying to change root password in my Ubuntu system. This is what I did: ashot@ashot-desktop:~$ sudo passwd root passwd: Authentication token manipulation error passwd: password unchanged ...
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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

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?

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? [on hold]

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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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Supports Facebook messenger ??… How to install facebook messenger app

I installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS yesterday. While using facebook through browser, it asked whether to install facebook app or not. I said yes and its installed. But while trying to open the facebook ...
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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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Mounting samba share with root priveleges 12.10

How to permanently mount samba share with root priveleges? I've used this FAQ but still getting the same error. The point is i don't want to send credentials in plane text. User credentials file: ...
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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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Why does Software Centre ask for root password when the default is for root to be disabled with no password set?

This seems odd to me. I can't install software using the "friendly" GUI tool unless I input the root password but by default, my Ubuntu 12.04 has root disabled with no password set. Why doesn't ...
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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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How can the X root window be seen instead of the Unity desktop?

I would like to be able to see the X root window instead of the Unity desktop. This could be for the purposes of using such programs as Xphoon, which fill the X root window with graphics. How can ...
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Opencv commands are needed to be called as root using 'sudo', otherwise shows error

When I enter into my Opencv project directory and do the following command- sudo cmake . sudo make it generates make files without any error and the program runs successfully. But when I do cmake ...
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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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Sudo not available in guest login

When I login as guest I am unable to execute any command with sudo. E.g.: sudo ps returns: sudo: unable to change to sudoers gid: Operation not permitted How can I fix this?
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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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lock screen asks for root password which I never set

I recently installed Ubuntu server on my server and I found out it had no GUI by default. So I installed it with the help of this page Everything seemed to be fine so I started copying some files to ...
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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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No free space in home directory

I've installed Ubuntu 14 alongside with windows 8 with two partions : swap and /. Now when i'm running it, it says that i have only 4 kb available in my home directory.And i have 100gb in my / ...
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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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Deleted Myself from Admin Group - Now Getting Error usermod: cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot lock '/etc/group' in recovery mode I have a laptop with Ubuntu 11.10 that is shared between myself and two other family members. My user id was setup as ...
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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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How can I run wine as root?

I know that it's not recommended but nevertheless. sudo wine isn't working
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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 ...
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Get the access to the folder file system/root

I am using a live version of Xubuntu on USB for a extraordinary maintenance of my PC. I have to copy a single file inside the folder file system/root. Currently I can browse the complete folder file ...
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How does one read the contents of a text file located on the desktop using the terminal? [closed]

I recently failed to properly upgrade from ubuntu 12.10 to 14.10 and I'm having all sorts of GUI issues with Unity, Gnome & other interfaces as soon as I log in. I don't have access to most basic ...
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I couldn't modify a folder in the computers section?

The name of the file /usr/share/themes I can copy, but couldn't cut or paste. Please provide instruction how I can change the permissions of this folder.
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root profile error

I had a problem with my root account on Ubuntu 14.04. when I login by using root account, I received this error: Error found when loading /root/.profile: stdin: is not a tty As a result the session ...
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Root user not detected

I installed Ubuntu 14.10 today with the windows installer. After the installation and reboot, when checking the installation, it gives two error messages: 1. First it gives an error message relating ...
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Cannot go into Root

When I enter sudo su or sudo -i in terminal on Ubuntu 12.04, I cannot become superuser. When I enter the password nothing happens. Its like: user@host~: sudo -i enter passwd: ****** user@host~: ...
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How can I run my entire environment as root? [duplicate]

I want a really ROOT user that can do everything. Tired to sudo or to bother with an app because it doesn't let me open a file as root, etc... Is this possible? How? Of course I know the su and sudo ...
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Disk is full but SDA3 has space

I am new to Ubuntu. I have a dedicated server for a website. After every couple of hours, it starts giving errors that the disk is full. I used some basic commands to see the space, and only root is ...
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Ctrl-Alt-t opens root terminal instead of normal terminal

I installed Terminator and made it my default terminal with this solution, but now Ctrl-Alt-t opens Terminator as a root terminal. How do I get it to open Terminator as a normal terminal?
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Can't able to go to recovery mode after providing folder writing permission [duplicate]

I am having 10.4 Ubuntu version. I have installed XAMPP in my system for working in PHP. I can't able to write a file in htdocs folder. So I have changed the permission to the folder using the below ...
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Is it okay to chmod 770 root directory “/”?

Output of ls: $ ls -lh / drwxr-xr-x 3 root root 4.0K Dec 9 18:56 boot drwxr-xr-x 17 root root 4.2K Dec 10 13:57 dev drwxr-xr-x 92 root root 4.0K Dec 10 13:57 etc drwxrwxrwx 9 lyndon root ...
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xubuntu changes file permissions automatically and unable to change file permissions via terminal

when the computer is booting up, it gives this massage i pressed F to repair. after 10 sec i could log in normally. but had some issues with file permissions in home partition and tried to change ...
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different password for root priviledge

currently I'm actually having a security concern regarding acquiring root privilege on my server. Current situation: I login using SSH to my server and I use my user account for this, this user ...
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Rezising Linux Partition which contains the ubuntu OS in 14.04 LTS

I was trying to extend my / partition using ubuntu live cd after installation done before 6 months. For installing a software i needed 9GB more space in my root partition. The size of the root ...
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how to run as administrator ubuntu 14.04 and not as guest?

today I installed ubuntu 14.04 and also a new user to the new operating sysytem. there are several problems I am facing with it they are: 1.I cant log in as administrator but as guest,can you help me ...
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Boot for USB to fix file permissions

I will start from the beginning. I was a noob and ran a really bad command in Ubuntu and now I can't do anything with sudo. I ran: sudo chmod 644 / I was instructed to boot from a liveCD or ...
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How do I open Deja Dup as root?

I wanted to backup /var/cache/apt/archives using 'Deja Dup' but it keeps saying >> Could not backup the following files. Please make sure you are able to open them. ...
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/usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

I have run following command accidentally sudo chown [username] -hR / Now sudo su getting error: sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set How to Solve This?