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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 - ...
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ssh as root to a ubuntu server

My public key was recently added to a ubuntu server so that I can remotely log in as root. However, when I log in as root. I cant do some simple tasks like mkdir . Is there something I am missing ...
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how to back to be the administrator in ubuntu 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to know my root password? how to back to be the administrator in ubuntu 11.10 i was exploring in the users account. and i have changed my account rom administrator ...
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how to delete an operating system (windows) from my computer? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to uninstall Windows? I want to install XP in my computer with ubuntu. I can have two,. but if I want to delette windows XP and stay with ubuntu. how can I delete ...
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how to back to be the administrator in ubuntu 11.10 [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? I was exploring in user accounts. I only have my account but i changed from administrator to standart. and I didn't can put to ...
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Making Existing Userlevel program root?

Is it possible to give root to an already running application which runs at userspace? Like x program is running, I did some unsaveable work on x program, But it needs root to complete. I do not want ...
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Need owner permissions for root folder

Actually i'm trying to copy some business purpose files into root folder but it's not allowing to access the root folder. When i'm trying to change the permissions of the folder, its showing that you ...
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Running Programs As Root While Online

I'm remastering an Ubuntu based distro, meant to be used live only and primarily as a browser so a users hard-drive can be virus free while online. This live browsing adds security for Linux users, ...
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Missing password [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost Administrative(root) password? I just installed again ubuntu 11.10 because ubuntu asked me for a password that I didn't have... And now again... ...
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Is it possible to unset root password?

Is it possible to unset the root password once it has been set in ubuntu? Am trying to run a backup using Arcserve R16 backups agents. I run it as the admin user but of course it does not have root ...
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Many process named “su-to-root” appeared on my system monitor, is my computer owned?

Two process named gksu and two process named su-to-root appeared on my system monitor, is my computer owned? How can I be sure, and if this true, how can I rip out the intruder without full system ...
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What size should my root partition be if I'd to use like a separate /home partition?

I thought a basic layout would call for 3 partitions on the 160 GB hdd of my EEE netbook. It's got 1 GB RAM so I'll go with a swap partition the same size. The question is what size my / partition ...
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Root Script Execution at Non-Root User LogIn/LogOut

A script that requires root privileges needs to be executed when a non-root privileged user signs in/out. How do I handle this?
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nautilus will not open as root [closed]

I have reinstalled my ubuntu 11.10 per one accident a couple of days, when I try to open nautilus as root from console I get this error: nautilus[3282]: segfault at 0 ip 00007faa7d56bcea sp ...
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Why I'm not asked to set a password for Root when Installing Ubuntu?

When I install Ubuntu, it never shows an option to set a password, yet there is a password when trying to log in to the admin account and when I try to install packages. I can't change the password in ...
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Can I run Apache2 as my user on my Ubuntu for development purposes? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Whats the simplest way to edit and add files to “/var/www”? Should I as a developer use var/www in conjuction with apache? I've gone and re-installed ...
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How Do I Stop The Service Sudo?

I want to make it impossible for any root commands to be issued during a Live Boot session. I don't want anyone being able to sign in as root. Period! So, is it possible to stop the sudo service? ...
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Nautilus doesn't display contents of the home folder when launched as root

It shows the desktop symbol but it doesn't show the files on my desktop neither. I'm running Ubuntu 11.10 with GNOME shell.
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How can I make everything just assume I'm running as the superuser?

Is there a way I can make things just assume that when I run them I am running them as a privileged administrator (AKA root)? I know it could be dangerous and all, but its a risk I'm willing to take ...
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Ubuntu LiveCD,editing xorg.conf

someone has edited wrongly my xorg.conf file in /etc/x11/xorg.conf and so my computer wont show anything,just a blank screen.I want to be able to edit the xorg.conf file and delete all the changes ...
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Have put me out of admin update [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Have put me out of admin Updatet: Ubuntu 11.10 64bit. Error while logging in: Cannot update /home/marek/.ICEauthority .In the meantime i can work in terminal as sudo ...
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Have put me out of admin

Installed a new user and then tried to create one with the name root, because sudo nerves. Didnot work and i have learnt in the meantime, this is not possible. I am now unable to login into user ...
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How can I sync my root gedit with my user gedit's preferences?

When I open a file with root gedit I'd like to have the same setup as my normal gedit. So theme, preferences, and addons. Can I set up some sym links in the right spot to achieve this?
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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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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 do I login as root?

I want to login as root, but when I enter sudo -s and enter password, this message is shown: "you are not in sudoers file", and when I enter su and enter password, this is shown: ...
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Recovery kernel boots into root with no menu

I've had this problem ever since the oneiric upgrade. Recovery kernel boots straight into root prompt, with no menu. I also can't telinit 3.
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Cannot find /usr/bin/ in nautilus

I'm trying to get the program "Desktop Drapes" to run on startup, and so far the only guide that's gotten me anywhere is this one: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8810911#post8810911 Things ...
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initramfs error during boot

I put the CD in and boot the machine. The initial Ubuntu screen comes up ("Ubuntu" with the line of dots below it) for a few seconds, and then it disappears and I see this text: initramfs , so that i ...
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installation of driver under root

I am trying to install a graphics driver as Ubuntu wont boot on my new laptop due to graphics card problem I have downloaded laterst driver and put it on a pendrive can someone give me the commands ...
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Run command at boot as root

I need to run a bash script at boot-time as superuser in Xubuntu. I don't know where to start. I have to do something described in a Arch Linux guide. That guide says exactly: Add following at the ...
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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 ...