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How to work around the home directory changing to /root when using sudo?

With Natty coming out soon, I've been at work updating my deployment and self-config script to make my desktop on 11.04 run and look the way I want it to. One bummer is that dbus seems to have ...
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How to install Awesome WM without root access?

I want to install the Awesome window manager. In the environment where I want to configure it I don't have root access. I do have a machine were I can be root (I use for this a virtual machine in my ...
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Regain Sudo rights after removing from admin group [duplicate]

I accidentally removed myself from the admin group when editing the user. Now I can no longer use sudo. The error says: ber is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. I booted up ...
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Custom GNOME applet in Python needs to have root privileges

I've written a custom GNOME panel applet in Python that needs to write to some root-owned files. Is there a way to make it start with root privileges without using suid?
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How do I disable remote SSH login as root from a server?

For security purposes my company wants me to not allow anyone to be able to log into our Ubuntu server as root remotely over SSH. We still want the root account to exist, we just do not want it to be ...
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Making file in user's homedir accessible from web/webserver

I have a txt-file one of my user's homedir which is regularly updated there by a script. I now want to be able to access (read) this file from the web. /home/user/folder/file.txt So what I tried ...
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Getting my Walkman into mtp mode [closed]

I have a NWZ-e344 Walkman and I've created some .mpi files that can get the music player to read but it will only go into mtp mode when I'm logged into the root account. When I log into my regular ...
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Initramfs error during boot

Boot from (hd0,0) ext3 238ac8ca-9576-443d-8e23-8dd836cd2683 Starting up ... mount: mounting /dev/disk/by-uuid/238ac8ca-9576-443d-8e23-8dd836cd2683 on /root failed: Invalid argument mount: mounting ...
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Nautilus bookmarks and smb shares work with non-root user

I'm having a problem with Nautilus in Ubuntu 10.10 When I open Nautilus as common user, it shows bookmarks and the bookmarks that point to smb windows shares work fine. However, if I start Nautilus ...
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Ubuntu user credentials, file permissions

I am using Ubuntu 10.10 for web development by using the symfony framework. Normally I install Ubuntu Lamp (Turnkey edition), log in as root and configure all the necessary software in the server ...
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Why do I have low FPS unless root?

Problem: Normal users aren't using the best graphics driver. I first noticed this playing Osmos from the HumbleBundle2, but I can observe it while running glxgears too. Maximised on a 1280x1024, ...
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Is it safe to resize root partition?

My HDD is partitioned into two equal sized partitions. First is being used for Windows and Second for Ubuntu. Everything is working fine. But now I want to remove Windows and use the disk completely ...
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Always Sudo Privileges

I've searched for this, and the answer is probably in a million places on the 'net, but I can't find it... How do you give your account root privileges in Linux so that you don't need to sudo every ...
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Disable root account in Ubuntu?

I was asked for root credentials to setup my printer in Ubuntu. This seemed to be caused by a bug. And the suggested workaround is to create a root password. Since it is default that no root password ...
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Get root privileges for nautilus on sftp connection

I use "Connect to server" option to sftp to remote computers, as a user which has sudoer privileges. But then, I cannot get root privileges to modify system files. How can I do this? (I know i can ...
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How to disable GUI root login?

Sometime ago I just tested to see if I could login to desktop from root, and I succeeded. I clicked on Others on the userlist and entered root and its password and logged in. Now I'd like to know how ...
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Permissions problem when copying files to /usr/share/tomcat6

I am running springsource framework in ubuntu 10.01. In my home folder, I have installed springsource IDE. I have my tomcat6 appserver in the /usr/share/tomcat6. While executing a sample project ...
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Disabling shutdown command for all users, even root - consequences?

I would like to disable the shutdown command for all users, even root, on an Ubuntu Server installation. The reason I want to do this is to ensure that I don't get into the habit of shutting down the ...
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Ubuntu Root user [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? Hi folks, I have been getting hands on Ubuntu and really liking it. Though someone of the terms really confuse me. One such confusion is: ...
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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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How can a script check if it's being run as root?

I'm writing a simple bash script, but I need it to check whether it's being run as root or not. I know there's probably a very simple way to do that, but I have no idea how. Just to be clear: What's ...
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is there any kind of utility/protocol that can take premissions from root users?

well i encountered a problem that i described in this question: Problem with permissions after upgrading and while speaking with my friend about it he mentioned some kind of protocol that can take the ...
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How to boot to root shell when GRUB recovery menu fails to load a shell?

Can't seem to boot into root shell in recovery mode from GRUB. I try booting into recovery mode from the GRUB menu and don't ever get a shell, just log messages from the kernel bootup. Ctrl+Alt+F1-F12 ...
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How to unify KDE 4.5 theme when running kde applications with root?

I am using Kubuntu with KDE 4.5.3. When I run KDE applications with root privilage the Theme/UI does not look same/unify with my theme. How to fix it?
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Root password does not work to install some programs

I have a root user with password and an ordinary user with a seperate password. When trying to configure fire wall ufw, it will not accept my root password. Is it to do with advanced bin/bash etc on ...
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Problem with permissions after upgrading

A month or so ago I updated from 10.04 to 10.10, the problem is that after the update process programs that I had full control of no longer respond to me as a regular user, and work normally only when ...
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What is the difference between “gksudo nautilus” and “sudo nautilus”?

I've been using gksudo nautilus and sudo nautilus through Alt+F2. What's the difference? They look very similar!
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Get root access for copying files to /usr/share/…?

To be short, I want to copy a folder to a location /usr/share/screenlets/.... in Ubuntu 10.04 system. I tried by logging in as root from terminal giving su. I even changed my user account type to ...
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How to find out root password for installing software

I'm trying to install the NetBeans IDE in my Ubuntu and in the process it's asking for my root password which I don't remember. I know my sudo user password. How can I recover my root password?
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Start with interactive console shell

This is a follow up question to my prior thread. This solution works very well. However, after booting up, I only see a blinking cursor. Crtl+Alt+FX, where X=1..4 e.g. invokes a root Shell. I want ...
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Auto-login to console as root - no Xserver

I'm setting up a PC for a very specific purpose. It's going to do some stuff deep underwater... round about 3km. We don't fear fish hijacking the box locally ;). I'm trying to set up a login: no ...
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Why is there no option to login as root?

Why does Ubuntu not allow the GUI users to login as root at the time of system start up like administrator in Windows? Why they are restricting us to login only through the terminal?
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Don't start Xserver

I'm trying to convince Ubuntu's init system not to start X11 at boot-up. Removing gdm did not change the fact that each time the machine restarts, X11 with Gnome comes up. How do I get rid of it? I ...
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How are administrators supposed to read root's mail?

What is the Ubuntu way for system administrators to receive system notifications, which typically take the form of e-mail sent to the root account? Examples of such notifications are the output of ...
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Login fail with low graphics then crash? [closed]

I was using Transmission to download some stuff, when I got a notification that there was only 800 MB of free space left. I soon rebooted, only to find out, that i could not login again. I would get ...
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Nautilus automatically browses as root

I used gksudo nautilus (not through the terminal but through the 'Open With' command) for some copy & paste stuff that requires root access. But now whenever I open the file browser (Nautilus) to ...
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What is the root password in Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? I am trying to make Java and wireless access available to all the users and it asks for authentication, but my admin account's password ...
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root running emacs

Today, after about 20 minutes of logging in my Ubuntu 10.4, I notice the CPU and hard disk usage going up. top revealed that root was running emacs23. It is basically the same behavior described at ...