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How do I start jobs as a non privileged user in Upstart?

I'm using last upstart version for ubuntu 10.4 LTS. upstart is launched with --debug kernel flag. I'm making a custom job configuration for nzbget daemon. Basically, this job has a pre-start script ...
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When Ubuntu asks for an admin user's password, how does it decide which administrative user to ask for?

I am setting up an Ubuntu (10.10) machine that will be used by several people. It is a shared machine in a small office. Its primary roles are hosting virtual machines with VirtualBox and serving ...
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Firefox 4 and Firefox 3.6, users cannot start Firefox 3.6

i installed firefox 4 and downloaded firefox 3.6 because molybdenum is not available for ff4! firefox 3.6 is located /usr/local/share/firefox-36/firefox (only root can run ff3.6). if the user ...
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rm -i alias not working with sudo as root

I have noticed in all my Ubuntu servers the alias rm -i is ignored when you run sudo rm * as root. Is there something in sudo that is causing this behavior? I know you don't need to use sudo when you ...
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How do I get root access to hard drive from livecd?

ubuntu 11.10 has faffed up on me, It wont let me get passed the login-screen ( i have been searching around online the last two days and none of the proposed solutions worked) as at this point I dont ...
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Run script as root at login (no sudoer user, shell session)

Much like /etc/profile and ~/.profile but ran by root instead of the user is doing login. /etc/rc.local runs after boot but I need running the script before login. The user is not a sudoer one. ...
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Should the root folder (/root) be empty?

I have been moving files around to prepare for a remaster. I put some files into root, which I though might help an issue I was having with auto login in live mode. anyway, putting files into root ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 with KDE installed does not prompt for elevation for privileged ops in all apps

I installed the KDE window manager on top of Ubuntu 11.10 and while I am using KDE, I do not get an elevation dialog when I try to perform tasks that require root privileges. Instead, the operations ...
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“No root file system defined” error while installing ubuntu

I am new to linux/ ubuntu and just downloaded the v11 of ubuntu to learn linux. I faced this "No root file system is defined" error while trying to install it. This is how I was proceeding - ...
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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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What is the root of my application?

Can someone help me understand what is the root of my application? I would like to use vim and create a one line procfile in the root of my application. Then I can test the procfile using a gem ...
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When to use pkexec vs. gksu/gksudo?

There are two general ways to run applications graphically as root (or, more generally, as another user). Programs like gksu, gksudo, and kdesudo are graphical frontends for sudo. In contrast, pkexec ...
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access denied for root user

I cannot save my .gih file into /usr/share/gimp/2.0/brushes/ directory. I encounter with "access denied" message though I am a root user. What must I do?
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Copied files from mac partition to /root. But the /-partition is still full?

Help! Using gksu-nautilus I managed to look at files on my Mac partition via as simple right-click. However, at first journaling was still enabled on the Mac partition. Therefore any copied file would ...
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Authenticate as root to view a folder?

Is there a way to setup nautilus so that when my user attempts to view a folder owned / locked by root, it asks for the root password? Kind of like running a nautilus browser using sudo, from the ...
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Run apt-get without sudo

This might be a very naive question, but I wanted to know how I could give multiple users access to a single computer without making them root users. How would I give them limitted sudo access such ...
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Ask for password when root required

Is there any way to make programs ask for password when root is required? For example I want to extract some files with File Roller into /usr/share/ where apparently root is required but instead of ...
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How to become administrator again [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? Well I was messing around with the user accounts and I noticed that my account was listed under "administrator". I knew that ...
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Run jnlp applications with root permissions

There is an application called KeyToolIUI, a java application that works with certificates, I want to give to it the root permission to be able to edit cacerts, when I am trying to run it from ...
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Setup auto login and now I do not have root authorization for anything

I am the sole user of my computer so I use my root user name for everything. I am tired of logging in all the time and entering a keyring so I was hoping that creating an automatic login would resolve ...
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upgraded to ubuntu 11.10 … not booting up … want to copy some date from home folder?

i have dell inspiron m101z which i was running with ubuntu 11.04 . Tomorrow i upgraded it to ubuntu 11.10 , unfortunately its not booting up lightdm display manager is not loading and boot halts ...
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No access to my own external hard drive?

I have only used my external hard drive once, wich was with my previous Ubuntu installation (11.04), on the same laptop. I have created 2 partitions, FAT32 and EXT4. Now I needed to get some data from ...
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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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ROOT data analysis framework in 11.10?

I use the ROOT analysis data framework for work, and it isn't available in the repos anymore (removed from 11.04 due problems compiling due to directory changes in Debian, I think I read). Anyone ...
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Backup partitions belong to root, how do I fix it?

I've did a clean install of Ubuntu on my Notebook. I created 3 partitions, swap, the ubuntu partition, and a backup or files partition (located in /media/Backup). The thing that I don't understand is ...
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Where is the .wine folder?

In 11.04 the Wine folder was located in /home/"username"/.wine but now that I've done a fresh install of 11.10 and reinstalled Wine, the folder is nowhere to be found. There is a .wine text file in my ...
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How do I get Unity to launch “Log File Viewer” as root?

By default, "Log File Viewer" is not launched from Unity as root in Ubuntu 11.04. This is pretty useless, as most of the log files are only readable by root. How can I change this behavior so that it ...
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How do I resize root partition?

I have a dual boot setup with Ubuntu and Windows 7. I need to shrink my root Ubuntu volume in order to get some free space to create a new partition. Are there any Windows based tools that will do ...
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Add user that can read / write a root, www-data files

How can I do that? I got user amira on my Ubuntu 11.4, I want him to able to see / read / write a root user files such as /etc/* and apache files
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Set a specific theme for root launched applications

I would like the the applications I launch as root to look differently from the application launched as a normal user. This can be done by using a theme that does not come from usr/share/themes but I ...
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What is the difference between 'su -' , 'sudo bash' and 'sudo sh'?

I would like to know what is the difference between su - sudo bash sudo sh I cannot login as root while doing su - because I do not have the root password - I mean I have my user password with ...
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Chromium Instances running as root

Using Lubuntu and its Task Manager (LXTask) I noticed that some instances of Chromium are running as user root. I was kinda shocked because I am always reading only system relevant software should run ...
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How do I mount a drive so that it is readable by me?

I'm working with over SSH with an external hard drive connected by USB. I know I can manually mount a drive with the following command: sudo mount /dev/sdc ~/dirToMountTo The problem is, if I ...
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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?
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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.
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How do I edit a file / launch an app without having to worry about “permission denied” messages?

When I need to edit a file (e.g. the httpd.conf file or the php.ini file) I start a terminal and open it with: sudo vim /etc/apache2/httpd.conf Most of the times, in order to be able to edit the ...
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Does Ubuntu Live session write anything on the primary partition

Here is the situation.I am a duel windows ans ubuntu user. Accidentally I formatted the C partition(root partition of windows). Now I ran several live ubuntu sessions from CD. And found a way to ...
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How to enable root login?

I would like to enable the root account on my Ubuntu installation. I realize the security implications of this.
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How to ssh to Live CD for remote recovery - root password issue?

Is there an automatic way to SSH to a machine that booted from Live CD? I have a remote server with a HDD issue and the ISP booted my machine from a Live CD. I can SSH to the machine (lucky has the ...
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How to perform a rake task after startup?

I'm using Rails, and I'd like to perform a specific rake task on boot. I've made a shell script like so: cd /path/to/my/app rake db:backup which is symlinked in /etc/rc2.d/. The problem is that the ...
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Change owner of internal hard drive partition from root to user

I have a number of drives internal and external. Some are partitioned. Most mount automatically at boot (all did at one point). One partition is owned by root and therefore does not mount ...
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Folder browser: Copy to restricted locations?

Can I launch the folder browser as root so I can copy files to restricted locations?
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How can I become the owner of a file/folder that root owns?

I had a bad habit of storing my wallpapers in /usr/share/backgrounds, and decided to move them all into Pictures. Well, the problem is that most of them are now read-only since they are owned by root. ...
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Root Access in Natty [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? How to access root in Natty? usually, i use this methode for login as root sudo password root but in Natty this methode not work. there a ...
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How to open a file in gedit with zenity --file-selection as root

I try to open a file in gedit with the file-selection option of zenity. It's very easy to do it for file that i can access in normal mode, but I wanna open too some configuration files (as for exemple ...
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How do I install root-cern?

Cern's ROOT environment installs fine on 10.10, and is even available in the Software Center, but it will not install or compile on Natty because the x11 directories are in new locations. I can ...
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Application menu with root owned windows?

How do I let root-owned windows use global menu? I already have the 'Title Bar Info' Compiz plug-in telling me that the window is root's, I don't want the existence of the menu bar telling me that ...
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Wubi Install as Root User

Is it possible to install ubuntu from wubi with the root account (and have it show up in login screen, unlike when it is made manually with "sudo passwd root")?
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How do I allow regular users to install printers?

I'm configuring a 10.10 machine for deployment in an organization with Likewise Open and Active Directory, and I need to know if Ubuntu can allow users to install printers automatically. I tested and ...
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How to prevent a file under user folder to be deleted?

How can I make some file impossible to be deleted by user even if it is under his/her home folder?