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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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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_MISMATCH error after following FAQ directions

While using Ubuntu One in 11.04 I am unable to change my account info. When I made the switch to 11.04 I forgot that I already had an Ubuntu One account so, I made a new one. However, upon going ...
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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 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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Can't perform regular sudo commands, have to use su now

I'm an ubuntu newbie I just installed 10.10 and I don't know what I did but now to perform actions that required sudo privileges (open synaptic, mount device, run apt-get install, etc) the OS won't ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Root cannot access /dev/urandom

I am trying to generate a GPG key, and I cannot generate enough entropy. So I installed rng-tools and tried following these instructions: http://serverfault.com/questions/214605/gpg-not-enough-entropy ...
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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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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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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?
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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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Root access issues - how do others manage this?

I use my Ubuntu 10.04 LTS instance (via Virtual Box on Windows 7) with a non-root user. I am trying out developing Rails applications and I notice that I need to run some rails commands with sudo. The ...
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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 ...