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How to make /sbin/shutdown, /sbin/reboot etc. require sudo again in 16.04?

For whatever reason, we do no longer need to be root (or using sudo) to run /sbin/shutdown, /sbin/reboot etc. This seems to be because those executables are now symlinks to /bin/systemctl which ...
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How can I use GNOME OSTree with Ubuntu Server minimal

I would like to create a custom Ubuntu based OS using GNOME's OSTree.But I need apt-get and other Ubuntu commands .I am OK with not modifying the root directory by using a chroot to install packages ....
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Loosing Root Access On USB Disconnect

When I plug in my usb and then unplug it I unexpectedly loose root access on my computer. Furthermore, when I reboot my computer it prompts me with the message saying Errors were found when reading ...
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Unable to open Recovery, at boot, using “SHIFT” key (12.04 LTS)

I have tried rebooting multiple times to try to get to "Recovery" (GRUB 2) by holding down "SHIFT" during boot. I am waiting until BIOS screen completes. I need to reset the admin password because I ...
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OpenSSH asks for root@hostname password instead of user@hostname password

So I have this other desktop PC, that serves as my server, primesystem and a laptop as my client, zerosystem that is connected to it. They both serve as my ssh-server and ssh-client respectively, and ...
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Error linking shared library

I am trying to install root software which is giving the following error when I type make -j4 in terminal : Linking CXX shared library ../../lib/libPyROOT.so /usr/bin/ld: /usr/local/lib/libpython2.7....
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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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I want to create an FTP account that can oversee multiple other FTP accounts. How should I manage my permissions and users?

I rent my own virtual server. I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 and use it as a webserver. I have hosted some websites of my own on this server, as virtual hosts. I also have a few friends who I give ...
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Using gui (nautilus, say) to copy root files while preserving permissions

Using a gui, I would like to copy a folder hierarchy in which some files belong to a user, some to root, producing an exact copy (same file permissions in target). Using gksudo nautilus allows ...
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How to fix Grub loader that hangs and waits for user with read only root partition?

I am trying to create a set of Ubuntu 12.04 slave systems that have a read only root partition and a small read/write partition mounted for a single user. These systems will be used for a short job ...
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Prevent that TrueCrypt gets Administrator rights

If I try to open a TrueCrypt drive, TrueCrypt asks me for my administrator-password (also when I am a normal user). I know, that i can prevent this password-asking by editing the sudoers file = giving ...
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How do I know my system is broken after chown -R root usr/bin?

This question is related to another question -- "Can't access any functions after chown command." -- but I think it may be worthy of an independent question. My question is: how do I know that my ...
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Why am I asked for the “password for root” when upgrading packages?

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04. I installed with one user account, then added a second user account using the GUI dialog box method, making myself an Administrator type. I now use the second ...
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No filesystem could mount root

I am trying to boot a linux kernel 3.7.0 on virtualbox and it keeps telling me the same message: "No filesystem could mount root tried ext3 ext4 vfat fusebk". I put append root=/dev/sda in my isolinux ...
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I have no idea about how the following lines ended up in my root's .bash_history?

-----BEGIN PGP SIGNATURE----- Version: GnuPG v1.4.11 (GNU/Linux) iJwEAQEKAAYFAlb7STMACgkQh7sHtMmeQOHEcQQAorwdGYtbPMN8aS5hM0hvhy+O s7vxpbSdfvKHVskYUiml0UvC3zhA3cyqMjiKHpnOR4Zhaq4esrPcbHQSzJbn4vGn lW2+...
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fstab owner permissions

I have set up line in fstab that goes like this: /media/unas/raidstore /home/unas/raidstore none bind 0 0 It works a treat, except I can't set user privileges: they keep reverting to root, ...
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Ubuntu server unexpected command history

Logged into my Ubuntu server (15.10) and when I check the command history, I see a few of these: echo Execute SU command begin: && export LANG=en_EN.UTF-8 && su root -c "echo Start ...
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Increase the root partition size on Ubuntu Server 14.04

How can I increase the root partition size of a virtualized Ubuntu Server 14.04 using the CLI?
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How can i remove home directory from download directory without deleting it

In my Downloads folder when I make ls I see the home directory, and I don't know why, I want to remove it but I am afraid to remove my home folder. Can anyone tell me how I can just remove the home ...
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HIbernation or Suspending & Restarting for NON-root users

My purpose is to run a main shell script which calls many sub-processes like other shell scripts, perl sources, and compiled c++ files. I want to run the main shell script "run.sh" at some line in ...
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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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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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How do I get Super User access in guest

I have recently installed Ubuntu via Wubi Installer. The dual-boot works fine but when I can't login as Admin, it only allows me to enter via "Guest". To do any administrative activities such setting ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Application Whitelisting

How does an Ubuntu administrator implement application whitelisting? For example, if I create a LAMP server and I only want SSH, Apache, MySQL and PHP to be able to execute. How can I prevent any ...
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su - Authentication failure; account accessible from root, not from user

I know there are tons of articles about authentication failure, but I think my case is specific. I have created groups and user oracle using this link: http://en.kioskea.net/faq/4405-linux-installing-...
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How to fix “/dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-root does not exist” on new installation?

I just installed 14.04.1 on a USB 2.0 drive. At startup, I'm prompted for the encryption key, which I enter. After that though, I get the following: Gave up waiting for root device. Common problems:...
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Why MTP mounted files belong to root?

Xubuntu Saucy and an Android device running Kitkat. I connect it to my computer and it is mounted as MTP but the files on it belong to root so I can't modify them. Why is this and how can I change it?
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Kerberized NFSv4 no write permission

I have some trouble with installing NFSv4 with Kerberos. I can't write on my NFSv4-Share. That's my /etc/exports: /srv/export/ gss/krb5p(rw,fsid=0,no_subtree_check,async,no_root_squash) Thats ...
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Cannot chown or chmod using sudo anymore

I was trying to make an adjustment to the /etc/sudoers file, and I accidentally corrupted it. I restored it via the grub and using the Ubuntu 14.04 default. But now it seems I can change ownership ...
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How does a keylogger respond when the user switches profiles

I'm wanting to log keystrokes on this ubuntu computer and I was wondering how a keylogger program responds when the user goes from a default user account and then logs in as root or vice versa. For ...
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RStudio UI with Ubuntu 14.04 system fonts under root

I am using rstudio on Ubuntu 14.04. Without launch the rstudio via root "sudo rstudio", rstudio is not able to install the package in the native R library folder, and also cannot open project even ...
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Disable ttymxc0

I am attempting to disable the ttymxc0 screen that automatically logs into root on boot up. Does anyone have any Idea how to do this? I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on an arm system.
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How to properly clone both root and user information with proper permissions?

I have been looking for a backup software for my Ubuntu boxes that works with the similar ease of EaseUs backup software for windows. I would like to be able to back up both user info and root info. ...
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Why aren't menus integrated in bar when running as super user?

When I open any window as root, menus aren't integrated in the menu bar or in the window's title bar. Why does this happen? Can I prevent this behavior?
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Co-using folder with root

I'm searching for a workaround for creating a folder which will be fully co-used with root and user including new subdirectories. Example of usage: I have an application which sometimes needs to ...
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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 ...
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problem in booting Ubuntu along side another SSD got ubuntu

Hey guys i have the following problem: I have a USB 3 USB flash 240GB. When i try to boot it alongside Kingston SSD 240GB i get the following error: http://i.stack.imgur.com/UvprB.jpg But when i ...
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apt without root or sudo?

I want to use apt (or pbuilder) to build a package in user's home directory. The home directory has enough space to hold the package's source, its dependencies and binary output. But the apt ...
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pasting content in root should ask for password in nautilus

I am aware the following actions can be done when I open nautilus as root, but is there a way to get nautilus to prompt for admin password when copying items(files, folders) into root folders from the ...
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Unable to access second hdd. ubuntu 12.04

This is the error i get when trying to write to my second hard drive. Error opening file '/media/hdd2/01 Queen - Keep Yourself Alive.mp3': Permission denied The hdd is mounting on start up. but i ...
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How do I recover 14.04 from “no root file system is defined” while upgrading to 16.04?

This is a problem. I tried to upgrade from 14.04.03 LTS to 16.04 LTS without backing up. (Sorry, my backup drive was full and I didn't know how to restore it.) I used a DVD to upgrade it, and ...
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My 16.04 laptop just logged me in as root without a login screen

After boot, my laptop on up-to-date kubuntu instantly went to the desktop loading screen without asking for any passwords. Turns out it had logged me in as root automatically. I have not set a ...
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How to Reset Root password without login? (I know current Root password)

I want to change the root password of my Ubuntu Server without logging in. I know the current root password. I've tried ssh root@SERVER_IP echo "currentpassword|newpass|newpassagain" but it's not ...
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Root Drive Partition

I am unable to create a new drive. need help...