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shutdown: Unable to shutdown system from root shell (init=/bin/bash). (ubuntu 14.04)

I made some changes in the boot options in grub to directly login into the root shell viz. Press e at the GRUB2 boot menu. Change the line ro quite splash $vt_handoff with rw init=/bin/bash press ...
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Sudo comes up with an error, cannot run anything as root

For some reason, when I try to run any programs (I am trying to run a rootkit hunter: rkhunter) as root on the command line with sudo like this: sudo rkhunter Then I get this message: You must be ...
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Did backup to root accidentally, need to revert

I recently reinstalled Ubuntu and upgraded to 15.04. I tried to restore from an earlier backup (using the default GUI software) but perplexingly, it didn't restore to my /home partition, but my root ...
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I cannot access removable media in Ubuntu 14.04

When I inserted a pen drive and attempted to open it, it said that I don't have enough permissions to view its contents. When I used the command: "sudo nautilus" I was able to view its contents. I ...
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How to get sudo to prompt you for a password each time

I find that if I execute something using sudo that then if I execute something else soon after also using sudo, that it does not prompt me for my password, and although this can be inconvenient in ...
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Strange root cronjob - I've never set it

I was monitoring my crontab log and I saw this: Jun 12 20:17:01 HP250G3 CRON[4798]: (root) CMD ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly) Is this normal? I've never set up any cron ...
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I removed /usr/lib/xorg by mistake, copying it from the live cd is enough?

The story(because it's kind of a funny fail): I have a remote target(ARM board) and I was testing one of my scripts that recreates the folder structure of my target but with local debug libraries for ...
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My .Trash-0 is owned by root

A folder in my home area, called .Trash-0 is owned by root: drwx------ 4 root root 4096 Apr 8 10:03 .Trash-0 Should it be? Can I fix this with chown? Is it a problem?
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How do I copy the contents of user/.ssh/known_hosts to the same file under root?

I am trying to accomplish passwordless ssh-ing from root. To be clear, I want to log in from the local machine at root to a /home/user folder on remote. Have established the connection between ...
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Add files to /var/www/ [duplicate]

I just installed lamp-server^ and wanted to try it I created a php file but I was not able to move it to /var/www because owner of that folder is root I managed it using terminal (I logged in as ...
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How to change file permissions and then revert them back

I have a Wordpress website on my Ubuntu Server, and in order to change the theme, I need to set the file permissions. As I have read, it is unwise to permanently set the permissions to write for ...
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Applications not running under root

Why are there applications which don't allow you to run them as root user? For instance, you can't run steam as root.
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How do I get Super User access in guest

I have recently installed Ubuntu via Wubi Installer. The dual-boot works fine but when I can't login as Admin, it only allows me to enter via "Guest". To do any administrative activities such setting ...
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How do I split my unified root & home folder after installing Ubuntu?

I need some help over here. I want to split my Ubuntu partition (which contains the root and the home folder) to two separate partitions, so I could only move my root partition to my SSD afterwards. ...
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Where can I find a compact list of basic commands for the root shell prompt?

My computer is only stable in Recovery Mode. I want to save the files on the HDD before I format the disk and do a fresh OS install. Are the commands for the root shell prompt the same as the ones ...
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Disk space issue after apt-get update

I did a system update with sudo apt-get update and rebooted. After the reboot an error came up showing that i'm out of disk space. was barly able to access my desktop. I checked the space util and ...
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I need help resurrecting an old Asus Eee PC that already has Ubuntu

My sister's Asus Eee PC has been collecting dust for the past 4 years ever since she started using her MacBook Air. I wanted to resurrect it and use it at school. It originally ran Windows XP, but ...
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How To login With Root in Ubuntu 14.10

Hi Team Of Ubuntu I Want To ask You . How To login With Root In Ubuntu 14.10 Sorry My English Is Bad
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when I log as root, the GUI is frozen

I have a ubuntu 12.04.2 LTS server and there I have some virtual machines that run from the root account. Today I needed to check one of the virtual machines, so I tried to connect to the root GUI and ...
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Which root paths (e.g., /lib) can never be symlinks?

VBox suggests an extremely inadequate default size for its root partition, so I had to create and mount a more realistic /dev/sdb1 to do anything useful. Despite that, / (/dev/sda1) is 96% full, and ...
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Ubuntu 15.04. fills up root partition automatically quite quickly!

I have got a funny but bad problem. The root partition is filling up quickly and automatically. I can see that there is a continous read and write process on this partion. But I cannot stop it. It is ...
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Suddenly can't run sudo

I didn't do anything on the computer except Internet for a few days and suddenly when I tried to do: $ sudo apt-get update I got: sudo: effective uid is not 0, is /usr/bin/sudo on a file system ...
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Neuroimaging Use: How big for partitions (root, home, swap) and some other Qs

I will be using my Ubuntu for neuroimaging use. This is my first time using -- I've been using Macs for the last few years so am not familiar with using Ubuntu on a regular PC. A few questions: Are ...
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More user with admin rights to work on the ubuntu server

I have an ubuntu server. On this server runs an apache2 with php and MySQL. I am the admin of this server but I have a person, who is the admin of the apache2-server. I know, that you can't create a ...
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Using a command as root in Ubuntu [duplicate]

I installed laravel php framework on my system. I can open the terminal and use the laravel command but when I login as root, the laravel command becomes unavailable. I want to be able to use the ...
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Warning message when using sudo [duplicate]

So I'm on Ubuntu 14.04 and for some reason every time I use sudo or log in as root I get the following message: grant@grant-G551JM:~$ sudo apt-get build-dep python-pygame sudo: unable to resolve host ...
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Difference between su and sudo su [duplicate]

Asking because of curiosity. :) When I type sudo su It asks for my user password. And when I type just su It asks for the root user password. But both the commands directs me to the root ...
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vim unable to write to files even though sudo is used

I find that with vim, if I try and edit a file which as a normal user I do not have write access with, even if I use sudo, I am unable to write to it, although if I use nano to edit the same file it ...
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Where is the unlock full access in filemanager on Aquaris Ubuntutouch?

I use the File Manager version 0.4.386 and I don't find the "unlock full access" button. It is not in the field with with new file and properties. I don't know why. If somebody could help me that ...
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Want to enable root direct login to telnet/ssh/ftp

I am pretty aware of security risks. But its been a burning need for me to enable root direct login with ssh/telnet/ftp ? Would you please share the procedure this? I have enabled direct root login, ...
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Run FireFox as root as always without password

How i can run firefox as root from launcher in ubuntu 14.04 always without password ?
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unable to install stuck on root file partition error

root partition file error unable to install on Toshiba L50d-a**also unable to uninstall **
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how can i find out my password for root since i am not a sudo user? [duplicate]

i am asked for the password for root to edit my account settings,upgrade,especially for authentication,but i am not a sudo user.so i don't know how to solve this password asking problem if i enter ...
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How to run Vmware player as root?

I want to use a physical disk in Vmware Player. To do that i need to run Vmware Player as root, how do i do that ? I have tried to start it via terminal but no luck. I have tried to start it via ...
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Disable Root — what password will it ask for when I do Sudo

My web-host recommends disabling root. I've created a non-root-user with a non-root-user's-password in the sudo group. So far so good. Here's my question. Usually, when I do sudo, Ubuntu asks for ...
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Error while compiling softwares using make: cannot find -lXm, -lXt, -lX11

make compilation showing errors like /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lXm /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lXt /usr/bin/ld: cannot find -lX11 collect2: error: ld returned 1 exit status make[1]: *** [candle] Error ...
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MYSQL How to delete and set permissions to root@localhost

I have a problem using mysql, I keep getting this error message for the root user (access denied) : julian@julian-desktop:~$ mysql -u root ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user ...
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When one disables the root account via the terminal, what output can one expect?

When I used Ubuntu for the first time, my friends told me to enable the root account, and I enabled it. But, I know that I already reinstalled Ubuntu few times, but in this last time, I don't know if ...
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Root access stripped off my user [closed]

I think my user id has been stripped off its root access. I can't do anything on the GUI interface, can't mount drives, can't update softwares (only partial update allowed), can't add or delete users ...
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Can't log in: Can I get files using tty1? [duplicate]

My Ubuntu wont log in. If I type a correct password it just goes to a blank unity wallpaper and back to the log in screen. Funny It's being buggy when I decide to switch back to windows after a month ...
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Root HTC One m7 with Ubuntu

Is there a easy way to root HTC One M7(Lolipop) with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? I am a beginner with Ubuntu.
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First time ubuntu user

I have recently switched from Windows to Ubuntu. And I have no idea how to copy my files/folders from my external Hard drive. I could do once through using gksu nautilus command. But, am unsure how I ...
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What is “root” and how can I become it? [duplicate]

When I ran a command, I got the following error: You need to be root to perform this command. What is root and how can I become it?
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Trying to execute a process with pkexec asynchronously and get 'Refusing to render service to dead parents'

I'm trying to execute a process as root from my application that runs with regular privileges using pkexec. When I invoke pkexec synchronously everything is fine but when I run it asynchronously with ...
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Managing permission for multiuser manual installation in /opt [duplicate]

Similar questions have been asked but I can't seem to find a proper answer. Basically, I am installing several application manually e.g eclipse, android-sdk, android-adt, arduino etc. and have ...
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No desktop after enabling root in Ubuntu! [closed]

I have enabled root account on Ubuntu 14.10. After that, I logged out and logged in, but there is no desktop and no bars. I tried opening a terminal using keyboard shortcut but nothing is working. I ...
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Why does root get “Permission denied” when trying to create this folder?

Why does root get "Permission denied" when trying to create this folder? root@donhy:/var/www/clients/client2/web2# mkdir bin mkdir: cannot create directory ‘bin’: Permission denied ...
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gksudo equivalent for Ubuntu Touch

Is there a gksudo equivalent (or Cpp / Qml api call) that lets you ask for a password in a graphical way on Ubuntu Touch? Thanks
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Ubuntu Password Change [duplicate]

I am trying to change my password. I was able to change the password using the root shell, then I rebooted my computer. I tried to login using the new password and it seemed to work, but after putting ...
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Stop prompting for password every time I do something requiring privileges

I didn't see this answered satisfactorily anywhere, so I figured I'd ask. Every time I go to do something requiring privileges, such as install a program, open restricted folders, etc., I'm prompted ...