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Root HTC One m7 with Ubuntu

Is there a easy way to root HTC One M7(Lolipop) with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I am a beginner with Ubuntu.
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First time ubuntu user

I have recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu. And I have no idea how to copy my files/folders from my external Hard drive. I could do once through using gksu nautilus command. But, am unsure how I ...
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What is “root” and how can I become it? [duplicate]

When I ran a command, I got the following error: You need to be root to perform this command. What is root and how can I become it?
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No desktop after enabling root in Ubuntu!

I have enabled root account on Ubuntu 14.10. After that, I logged out and logged in, but there is no desktop and no bars. I tried opening a terminal using keyboard shortcut but nothing is working. I ...
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Trying to execute a process with pkexec asynchronously and get 'Refusing to render service to dead parents'

I'm trying to execute a process as root from my application that runs with regular privileges using pkexec. When I invoke pkexec synchronously everything is fine but when I run it asynchronously with ...
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Managing permission for multiuser manual installation in /opt [duplicate]

Similar questions have been asked but I can't seem to find a proper answer. Basically, I am installing several application manually e.g eclipse, android-sdk, android-adt, arduino etc. and have ...
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Why does root get “Permission denied” when trying to create this folder?

Why does root get "Permission denied" when trying to create this folder? root@donhy:/var/www/clients/client2/web2# mkdir bin mkdir: cannot create directory ‘bin’: Permission denied ...
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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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Ubuntu Password Change [duplicate]

I am trying to change my password. I was able to change the password using the root shell, then I rebooted my computer. I tried to login using the new password and it seemed to work, but after putting ...
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gksudo equivalent for Ubuntu Touch

Is there a gksudo equivalent (or Cpp / Qml api call) that lets you ask for a password in a graphical way on Ubuntu Touch? Thanks
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Stop prompting for password every time I do something requiring privileges

I didn't see this answered satisfactorily anywhere, so I figured I'd ask. Every time I go to do something requiring privileges, such as install a program, open restricted folders, etc., I'm prompted ...
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“gedit” does not launch as root: “CRITICAL: file log.c …”-error (no gksu problem!)

I am running Ubuntu 14.10 with XFCE. Since a few weeks, gedit is not launching any more as root (with gksu gedit). Launching with my normal account works without problems. The problem is not gksu, ...
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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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permanent terminal with root [closed]

Is it bad to have at all times (one) terminal logged in as root? If so, why? (I leave the window with root terminal usually opened because it's much more comfortable than writing sudo before ...
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Gparted - How to move partition to extend the size

I want to extend the sda1 to take the full unallocated size: The steps are as the following: Move sda2 to the right Increase the size of sda1 to fill the space But the thing is, I didn't get ...
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Unable to boot in default user mode in ubuntu

I executed the following commands on Ubuntu 14.04 taken from How to Become Root in Ubuntu: sudo gedit /etc/fstab sudo passwd root sudo -i Once I restarted my computer I am getting the following ...
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Terminal error output RE: editing .conf file in Xbuntu [owned by uid 1000 istead of 0]

Was curious as to the terminal error output from running sudo Kate. I read in a forum that directed me to open my notepad using gksudo. Realizing that this had not been installed I just went ahead and ...
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Help xserver run as root problem

I use Ubuntu 14.04, and one time i run xserver from root user, then it some lag and after lags end it ask me to login/ I entered my password and it's have bug and ask again, i entered. I try some ...
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How do I get permissions to edit system configuration files?

I can't seem to edit and save config files in the root system (eg: /etc/dhcp/dhcpd.config); it just says "permission denied" or the save option is blocked in the text editor. I'm pretty sure I'm a ...
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How to fix sudo after “chmod -R 777 /usr/bin”?

I enetered chmod -R 777 /usr/bin and now sudo is not working. It is giving error that sudo must be setuid root. On looking via Google, some advice said to run chown root:root /usr/bin/sudo chmod ...
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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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.dbus folder in home folder belongs root

I have a folder ~/.dbus in my homefolder that is only read and writeable by root: drwx------ 3 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 . drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 session-bus Is this the ...
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Ubuntu server wont let me change to root or add my default user to sudoers

So I'm trying to learn how to set up a headless server and I got everything installed I made a root password and that wont work with su and then I try to sudo with my default log in and it wont let me ...
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Root user not having permissions

My root user is not working how he should. sudo works perfectly but if I login with root, autocomplete does not work for all commands which need root permission and I couldn't execute a file owned by ...
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How do I copy files that need root access with scp?

I have an Ubuntu server to which I am connecting using SSH. I need to upload files from my machine into /var/www/ on the server, the files in /var/www/ are owned by root. Using PuTTY, after I log ...
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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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starting FGS at boot

I am having trouble starting FGS at boot on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. In the documentation page it reads to set the environments and start the program each time after log in. Anyway, I would like to do this ...
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I can su root, but can not log in as root? [duplicate]

Usually, it is the other way around...so this might be the first from what I researched. lets say i log on to my server venus as willc86. When I su root, it lets me in. however, lets say I ssh venus ...
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Sudo is not owned by root on a fresh install of 14.04 on a VPS. Huh?

Sudo is not owned by root on a fresh install of 14.04 on a VPS. Not familiar with this stuff. So why, what does it all mean and what can I do about it? Steps are: From the VPS management web pages ...
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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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Allowing Ubuntu user on ec2 to upload and manage files in public web folder

Just created a new ec2 ubuntu instance, and i'm forced to login as ubuntu rather root. While Its ok as of standard security practice but it creates additional problems that ubuntu user cannot upload ...
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Running Composer without using sudo (tried changed owner and permissions)

Every time I run composer (e.g., sudo composer install, sudo composer self-update etc.) I need to run this with sudo as the owner of the file is root. However every time I use the composer with sudo ...
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How to access the user environment from a dpkg hook/application ran as root?

I have an application that is executed each time dpkg is called using a hook DPkg::Post-Invoke {"<path to my app>/my-app";}; The application needs to read the gsettings of the current ...
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What does “.bashrc or prepend the Anaconda install location” mean?

I installed Anaconda from root, after completion of installation this message was displayed on terminal screen: Python 2.7.8 :: Continuum Analytics, Inc. creating default environment... installation ...
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who is the root user in Ubuntu [duplicate]

Who is the root user in Ubuntu or on any Linux based distribution? Is by default the rootpassword for every system running Ubuntu is same.Many documents over WEB supports not to enable root login ...
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cannot use sudo after using sudo passwd root

My System problem detected when I tried sudo passwd root in my ubuntu. I changed my root password by using the below command. sudo passwd root Now my system password changed, after this i could ...
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what does this mean in detail? -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 920788 Mar 28 2013 bash [duplicate]

can anybody help me with what this means: -rwxr-xr-x 1 root root 920788 Mar 28 2013 bash and explain it in detail.
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How do you install Ubuntu Server with only the root user?

I'm creating a Linux Server Administration guide on my website and would like to start out with only a root user and go from there. Thanks in advanced.
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root shell bash commands not working

I attempted to change my sudo password(I removed myself from sudoers list by mistake). I tried following. In recovery mode, I dropped down to root shell. It is still asking root password. Ctrl D ...
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Nemo (run as root) can't access Trash-folder in the “Places” bar, but only navigate there manually

When I run Nemo and select any folder, right-click and chose "Open as root..." and then delete a file from that root-Nemo window, it gets moved to root's Trash folder (/root/.local/share/Trash). Now ...
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Why there is no password to root under Recovery Mode?

I am trying to understand this situation... Today I got a problem with de sudoers file since I modified and got problem whit this modification. So the only way to solve the problem was to modify the ...
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Cannot remove file from trash that was put there as root

I know about the dangers of using root access so please forego the lectures. I try to be careful and will be doubly so from now on. I was using the file browser with root access in order to change ...
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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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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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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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How do I boot into a root shell?

When booting to the graphical desktop fails we sometimes are recommended to boot into a "root shell" or to boot in "recovery mode". How do I do that?
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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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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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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.