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accidently blocked access to sudoers.d whilst trying to change ushare config

Basically was trying to change the ushare config and needed permissions for some reason so, I changed with sudo -i and in the process did somthing and now I can't access superuser to change any of the ...
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Adobe Air workaround for Pandora not working

I was trying this symbolic link approach because of the problem described here: http://askubuntu.com/a/120221/70462 After I made the symlink, the installation proceeded further than before, but it ...
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“You are not the owner…” message when trying to access folder

In the properties menu of this folder the permission is set to "root" user and group, it shows the message "you are not the owner, so you cannot change these permissions." I am indeed the owner and ...
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Deactivated my Systemadministrator whil i was loged in as standard-user so I can't reactivate it because of the deactivated administrator-password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative (root) password? (My distribution is Ubuntu 12.04) because of the advice to deactivate the Root-User in reasons for safty etc. I ...
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Execute sudo without Password?

Inspired by this question.... I am the sole person using my system with 12.04. Every time I issue a sudo command; the system asks for the user password (which is good in its own way). However I was ...
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Want entry as root at login screen to do backups via deja-dup gui [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I open Deja Dup as root? I want to use the deja-dup gui to backup (the one with the black safe icon). I prefer to do this as root user, not as a normal user. ...
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Strange thing happening in command prompt

I'm using Ubuntu in command line mode, no GUI. I'm new to UNIX, so I'm a bit confused by something that just happened. I accidentally typed "suspend" instead of "pm-suspend", and my root~#: prompt ...
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I can't su as root, my account type is admin BUT am I root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: su command + authentication failure i installed ubuntu successfully, but then i tried "su" on terminal and entered my password, authentication failed! and I don't think ...
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How to run a .run file as root?

I downloaded a .run file for a Nvidia driver, but when I run it in the terminal it tells me it must be run as root. I'm a complete noob and I barely even know what root is. I think it's somewhere ...
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How to hide files and folders in Nautilus?

I want to hide, most of the folders in root (/) using Nautilus. Probably the only folders in / I want shown are /home and /tmp. In addition to hiding folders, I also want to hide two files: ...
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Environment variables in motd not working

I’m trying to send user login logs to my email with the users name and location. After making the script I found that environment variables can’t run in this script, I’m hoping that someone out there ...
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Re-enable graphical root-login on 12.04 LTS

On Ubuntu 11.10, I enabled the graphical login as root by (at least I think so) running sudo passwd After upgrading to 12.04 LTS, the graphical option has gone, while su in the Terminal is still ...
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Firefox deletes root protected files?

When Firefox starts, it creates two files in the user settings directory: places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal and deletes them upon exit. Just for the experiment, I set the permissions of those ...
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How can I automate a root command after (not during) startup?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but I need to run the following command: sudo dhclient after startup to acquire a stable ethernet connection. I am running dhclient during startup already, through the ...
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how to shutdown a linux machine, including the root password, in 1 line?

How do you include the root password, say for shutting down an ubuntu machine? like, sudo shutdown now is it possible to include the password on this 1 line? like an extra parameter? reason for ...
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Allow “root” program to run without privileges

I've changed my ctrl-alt-l shortcut so instead of just locking the screen, the system goes into suspend. (for reference, the command is gksudo pm-suspend-hybrid) as you can see, the program needs to ...
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What are the benefits of sudo over su?

What is the actual benefit that ubuntu (or debian derivatives) achieve by disabling root user. Everywhere I read, its says to prevent unintentional damages for inexperienced users. I want to know ...
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Why do i have to be root to run the command ifconfig?

I've recently switched from Ubuntu 10.04 LTS to 12.04 LTS, and one of the changes i have noticed is that when i try to run the command ifconfig (for example to view my own ip), i get the following ...
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How do i allow non-root access to /ttyUSB0 on 12.04?

Since i updated from 10.04 to 12.04, i am unable to acces the device connected in /ttyUSB0 if i dont have root access. To be more specific, i use a usb-to-serial com port converter to acces and ...
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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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Enable Root Login in Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is there no option to login as root? I am using Ubuntu 12.04 version. I have enabled root through terminal. But there is no display for root-login in login window.
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Admin password authenticates to log in, but not to install apps or change user accounts

I just installed Ubuntu 12.04. Then I changed my own user profile to not require a password and log me in automatically. What happened is, I'm still asked for a password once the desktop diplays. Once ...
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Unable to login as root from the login screen even though I have a root account

I have installed 12.04 LTS but surprisingly not able to login as root. I have unlock and set the password for root but while login i can not see 'other' option in GUI login where i can put root id and ...
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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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Why does Ubuntu force users to create a password upon installation?

There's been one problem I've had since I installed Ubuntu to run alongside Windows, I assume this would also be the same if it was installed to replace the other operating system as well, the ...
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~/.Xauthority required but missing

I've now run into two instances where I've received errors because the ~/.Xauthority file is required but is missing from my user folder. I have read that the .Xauthority file has been deprecated, and ...
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How do I open a folder as root?

More specifically the /etc/apt/ folder. I need to delete some files and replace /etc/apt/sources.list with a newer version.
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Changing the permissions in root files without sudo from recovery

Hi I recently killed my etc folder by running: sudo chmod etc 417. Due to sudo being in that folder it cannot be accesed now, so I have to change the permissions back to the correct ones using the ...
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How do I log into GNOME as a root?

I've enabled the root account by setting a password for it but not matter what I try I cant log into any DE but the default unity one, while any other user (but root) can choose any DE
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sshfs permissions problem — need to be root to view some files [closed]

I'm automounting sshfs shares using a script in /etc/network/if-up.d/ and entries in /etc/fstab. I have keys set up for my user so no password is required. My user (1000) has sudo rights on the ...
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Live log of commands run by a user

I need a live log of all the processes run by the root user, so that I can just tail the file or something, I know there is /root/.bash_history but that is not updated until the session has ended. Is ...
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How to Run files and open folders as an administrater 11.10

Solved!!! Enable open as administrator in nautilus! To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below: enter code here sudo apt-get ...
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I know my root password, so where do i type it to open this file?

I have my root password, and just installed a keylogger for myself and after losing a long chunk of text i worked really hard on to a program crash. The keylogger installed just fine, using my root ...
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(No Root File System)-ergo no install 12.04

I have my HDD 1Tb partitioned with fs ext4. Previously I was booting from the 2TB Hard Drive...I disconnected that. Now I want a clean install 12.04 but cannot figure out "Root File System" ("/") ...
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can't mount ntfs partition without root access

whenever try to mount ntfs partition it says Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 1: helper failed with: Unprivileged user can not mount NTFS block devices using the external FUSE ...
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How do I launch a GUI application as root on user login?

I would like to launch a Gnome application with root privileges at login. I have tried adding a script to launch using update-rc.d myscript.sh defaults. It looks like the application does launch, ...
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Ugly application GUI when logged in as root [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I get a matching theme when I run a program as root? When logging in as root all windows look very basic, much like windows 98, when using custom themes. Themes ...
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How do I run Apache as root?

Ok I need to run my Apache web server as root. For this I typed echo whoami; in terminal. It gives me output: root. But when I check my apache server running as a root user or not by executing ...
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How do I demand a password on single user mode?

I have learned that I can boot into single user mode (or whatever it's called) by hitting Ctrl+e in the Grub2 menu and adding single to the correct line in the boot script. This is all good - it's ...
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Why did ubuntu install break out my partitions?

I have a 750GB hard disk with Windows 7 installed. So I shrunk the C: drive to about 80 GB, created two more partitions, one for data (about 615GB), one for ubuntu (30GB) (extended partition). I ran ...
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How to Make A Root Script Run Pynotify

I need to run a script as root called root.py. I need to create notifications within the script. I made a separate script specifically for the notifications called notify.py. Here is notify.py: ...
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Is it possible to change a program's privileges while running?

Is it possible to start a program normally, and then later give it root or some other level of permission without restarting it?
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Can't access Root File Folder

I just installed Ubuntu 11.0 and when I try to go into Root folder to add new wirless drivers it says I don't have permissions to access the root folder even though I am the only user on the computer ...
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Why can't i paste anything under the /usr/ folder?

I just wanted to install a theme for the start up screen and I have to copy some files over here to /usr/share/kde4/apps/ksplash/Themes/. But the answer i get is: Access denied. Could not write to ...
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Unable to login to super user from normal user [duplicate]

I have installed ubuntu 11.10 with no problem. But after login as a normal user, I am unable to switch to super user(using "su" command). Its showing "Authentication failure" plz help me..
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How to change the permission of my internal cd/dvd drive?

I decided to build my own gui (ubuntu server, openbox and stuff). I am having a permissions problem with my cd drive. When I try to mount it with user privileges it tells me that I'm not allowed. I ...
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minidlna is running as root. is this bad?

I installed minidlna from the tarball. The version using apt-get install minidlna is a little older and does not have compatibility features i need. I auto start minidlna by executing sudo update-rc.d ...
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openssh server: rejected send message

When I tried to restart the ssh server on my ubuntu box, I got me@me-one:~$ service ssh restart restart: Rejected send message, 1 matched rules; type="method_call", sender=":1.63" (uid=1000 pid=3354 ...
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Changed permissions of / to user

I stupidly ran sudo chown -R carlos:carlos / and carlos is my user. This changed all files to be Carlos and I could not boot up again (because the root files were now owned by #1000) and I cant get ...
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Ubuntu how to edit files using graphical interface w/o being root?

I have Ubuntu setup on a VM and want to edit some apache configs, but it's requiring that I am root. I can do this using 'sudo' in terminal, but I want to just edit by double clicking and saving - ...