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running the xrdp process as non root on Ubuntu

Does anyone have the procedure to run the xrdp-sesman process as the xrdp user? It runs as root most likely to listen on port 3389 for rdp sessions.
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Why no gui option to open a program as root? [duplicate]

Just wondering why there is no option in Ubuntu's desktop environment to open a program, for example Nautilus, as root. I know that I can accomplish this in the terminal, but wouldn't it benefit the ...
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Root login disables / not showing in customised ubuntu 14.04

I tried to customize my ubuntu using uck-gui tool, I created user logins, in the customization. After making and creating new system from the image, i am not able to find root login that i created, ...
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How can I add a user to group root? [duplicate]

I can't add a user to the group user when I do sudo adduser gonzalezx600 root. It gives me this: gpasswd: cannot lock /etc/group; try again later. And then the following error: adduser: ...
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Why can't I execute a script I created

I created a script and have rwx user permissions on it. It runs ok if I use the command bash myscript but when I try ./myscript I get the result: ./: Is a directory I also tried running it using ...
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How do I dual boot my phone to Ubuntu without bricking my phone? [duplicate]

I want to dual-boot my HTC M9 so I can run Ubuntu without rooting the handset. How can I do so safely?
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Apache as non root

I am going through an audit at work, and there is a company requirement that certain services do not run as the root user for linux systems. Apache starts the first process as the root user to bind ...
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Change root name in ubuntu [duplicate]

how're you doing? I am somewhat new to ubuntu and finding problem changing the root user name. My terminal displays priyank@Alex right now. I changed the second name to Alex using hostname and hosts. ...
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Remote connect. windows

I have Ubuntu 14.04 running on a home server. I don't like having to pull it out every time I want to make a change. I have WINDOWS remote desktop working with the server to give me a GUI. I am using ...
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How do I access other extended partitions if I create a linux-swap in one extended partition ?

I am asking this because I have tried ubuntu in live session and I couldn't access my extended partition which I created only for data storing and other one is for linux-swap . I checked the disk ...
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Question about root user and/or running certain commands in my terminal?

I been experimenting with Ubuntu for a while now and have been installing and running all types of commands in my terminal which some have been giving to me from other people so I can install certain ...
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Ubuntu : Delete part of root .bash_history without traces

The .bash_history file of root may look like: line 1 line 2 line 3 line 4 Now I delete lines 3 and 4 su vim ~/.bash_history #delete line 3 und 4 with dd line 1 line 2 :wq ENTER CTRL + D ...
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Apache server root access from Netbeans

I get this error warning when I select to copy project files from source folder to another location (my apache root: /var/www/html/) "The directory must be accessible via your web server at URL ...
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Which files are sourced when using su -c?

Context You are working on Ubuntu LTS 14.04. You are logged in as the root user. You run the following command: exec su simple_user -c "/bin/bash /etc/init.d/simple_user_service" So that the ...
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FPS drops when using compton as non-root user

With an intel HD Graphics 5500 on Xubuntu 14.04 LTS (compton version git-v0.1-beta2.51-g65e655e-2014-11-30) I'm experiencing a different behavior with compton : when started with non-root user => ...
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Reset directory owner [duplicate]

Believeing I was in another directory I accidentally ran the following command on the root: sudo chown -R j:root / My username is j Unfortunately because of this I am unable to run any sudo ...
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How to free up space on filesystem in /dev/sda2 root partition?

My root partition (/dev/sda2) always fills up. The folders with the largest capacity are /usr and /var. I need either a way to clear up space or to resize partitions without formatting. I do not have ...
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ubuntu drop to root shell prompt asks for password

I'm using ubuntu 14.04 and I messed visudo and now sudo code is not working. So, I tried to fix it but because I'm not root user, I can't access to visudo to fix what I messed. so I tried reboot and ...
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Virtual Box in superuser

I'm trying to start virtualBox in root user, but appears a grey window, with anything. It shows normally if I start in my user, how can I fix this??
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When installed updates, opened 2 sessions for root?

I installed yesterday few updates for Ubuntu, and I always take a look at the logs for anything suspicious. Yesterday, while I was installing the updates, I saw this at auth.log Oct 5 21:49:23 ...
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Ubuntu set ftp user root path to home

I have created ftp user "ftpuser" on my ubuntu vps. This user have access to /home/ftpuser path. Now I want to have root path to /home directory with this user. Because I also have some ...
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Accidentally moved directories under root

I've accidentally made this sudo mv /* /applications/minced/ instead of sudo mv ./* /applications/minced/ This is all what's left in the root directory user@server:/$ / applications/ dev/ ...
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Convert Ubuntu to _not_ using sudo

I've searched this forum but not found an answer. I've a user that uses sudo I've set a root password so I can use su What I would like to do is remove the use of sudo, so that the system asks for ...
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“No protocol specified , Could not open X display” error when Running bleachbit as root on KDE

I have this error when running bleachbit through sudo or as root: ~$ sudo bleachbit No protocol specified /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/gtk-2.0/gtk/__init__.py:57: GtkWarning: could not open ...
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Trying to change file in recovery mode and getting “E138 can't write viminfo file”

I need to change a file (10-evdev.conf) while I am in recovery mode. However, I am getting this message: E138 Can't write viminfo file /root/.viminfo! What should I do in this situation?
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How to extend root partition using unallocated space?

I got a filesystem root has 0 disk space error while upgrading Ubuntu, so I've opened Windows 8 and shrinked C drive. Now, I have a 100 gb unallocated space but I see that I cannot merge it to ...
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why the first to switch root user password is required ?

When I Bahrain ubuntu system , the first time in the terminal to switch to root users are prompted for a password , I did not remember to set the root password when loading system . Who can tell me ...
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root and /home in different partitions

I installed in my HD, Fedora22 and ubuntu MATE 15.04. I did a 4 partitions. At first I installed Ubuntu with 2 partitions, / and /home. After that, I rebooted and installed the Fedora22, just / (root) ...
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SSD-caching vs OS on SSD - which is faster?

I have an Alienware laptop with a 750GB HDD and a 32GB SSD-cache. I currently have a Windows 10 partition that I only use for maintaining the SSD-cache and drivers. The laptop is useless for gaming ...
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How to install ROOT cern on Ubuntu 15

shinee@shinee:~/Downloads/root$ sudo apt-get install libx11-dev Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done Package libx11-dev is not available, but ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 Samba 4 root password

I am about as entry level as they come as far as Linux and servers go. I am trying to set up a domain controller using Samba 4, I have everything installed on a VM and it boots up perfectly fine, but ...
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I Can't access with root user to ssh. (before works fine)

I have a Ubuntu server with plesk and I sometimes access to ssh. But it is not frequent. But one day I trying to access it. The server cut the connection after root access. Then the validation is ...
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ubuntu and rebooting with root users logged in?

so I recently ran into an issue at home, I have an ubuntu machine that I've configured to allow a central machine to login as root with an ssh key, I'd logged in from terminals A & B and connected ...
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Exit from both root and user with one command

I know about "not using sudo su -" etc. But let's be honest, almost all of us do it. So, here is the issue. We can't have root logins enabled, so we have to ssh in as our user then su to root. Here ...
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Does udev need sudo in run?

I've got a udev rule that is properly matching, but it is not executing the command in the RUN+="/usr/bin/synclient TouchpadOff=1" properly. If I change that to be some sort of test shell script then ...
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Mount file without root

I have a file with an ext4 file system in it and want to mount it without using sudo every time (the script should run with user rights). The file I want to mount and the folder which I want to mount ...
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Why does running a file manager as root mess up the permissions in the home directory?

I understand that on occasions when running your file manager as root, with the command: sudo nautilus For instance, that it messes up your home directory's permissions so that files get owned as ...
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.bash_history of root account on Ubuntu Server 14.04

Last few hours I'm looking for a solution to enable saving of bash history on root account of Ubuntu Server 14.04. I'm not using root account, because I created my own, but some other users are still ...
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root takes up entire internal hard drive

I have a 500 GB internal hard drive and I cannot paste anything to it. The entire hard drive is labeled as root. Although I can use the space through sudo nautilus, this doesn't let me play any music ...
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overwritten some files and folder in root partition

while i was trying to use UNetbootin to create a live USB for Ubuntu i accidentally hit enter while the root partition was selected and not the USB drive , so UNetbootin extracted the "iso" content ...
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What is the default root login password for ubntu desktop iso

I tried installing ubnto 14 on a virtual box. During the install, I was asked for a customer username and password. But am unable to login as root ( using 'su' command ). AM getting an incorrect ...
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getting error for knife bootstrap on ubuntu chef node

Getting knife bootstrap error on ubuntu chef node $ knife bootstrap 52.8.178.221 -x ubuntu -i ~/Keys/chef1.pem mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/etc/chef’: Permission denied 52.8.178.221 bash: ...
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By default, who is allowed to gain root privileges with pkexec?

I learned today that one can use pkexec from the command line, in a manner similar to sudo, to execute programs with root privileges. I am curious how pkexec decides who is allowed to do this. The ...
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How to make it so that a file can only be executed by root, but not as root?

There are certain applications that I don't want people to be able to open unless they have root privileges, however I do not want to give the programs root privileges. So how can I make it so that ...
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Why is running an Ubuntu file manager as root dangerous? [duplicate]

I have read that running Ubuntu apps as root is dangerous. Why? Is it still dangerous on a personal non-networked computer? In particular, why shouldn't I run the file manager as root administrator?
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How to totally remove the whole root administrator thing?

I don't want to get snagged up on the root administrator business in Ubuntu. I want to be able to put things in directories and remove them without long command line conversations (that I have to ...
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Run application as root by default

I have just installed WebStorm on my Ubuntu Desktop 14.04. The project I am working on uses git. If I run WebStorm from Launcher I cannot do a lot of things that need root permissions (of course). I ...
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Trying to reset root password, nothing is working? [duplicate]

I'm borrowing my sister-in-law's Acer One laptop that she used once and if runs Ubuntu or Windows 7. All I want to do is connect to my wifi but it's asking me for a root password but she has no idea ...
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Issue with folder permission [closed]

I created a bunch of files using the terminal. The file was assigned to the root and I am not able to edit them. Help! What am I missing? New to Ubuntu.
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Employee left blank password on Ubuntu 15 graphic install [closed]

My boss wants a blank password on the desktop running the Ubuntu 15.04. The system logs me into the account directly but whenever I try to sudo command anything and it asks for the password, leaving ...