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What is the name of the security concept that explains why Linux asks for root password?

Whenever I'm installing new software or making changes to the system, Linux asks for the root password. What is the name of this security concept and where can I research more information about it?
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How can I get access to the folder

i recently install Ubuntu 15.10 after windows 10 now my problem is that i do not have permission to delete or move any file or folder. please help me with this
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Ubuntu server unexpected command history

Logged into my Ubuntu server (15.10) and when I check the command history, I see a few of these: echo Execute SU command begin: && export LANG=en_EN.UTF-8 && su root -c "echo Start ...
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Dropbox fail in Ubuntu 12.04

I tried installing Dropbox in Ubuntu 12.04 in the computer that is provided by my university. I do not have root privileges. I tried to install it through Ubuntu Software Center. When I did a reboot ...
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How to run GUI applications as root

UPDATE I would like to know which is the recommend way of running GUI applications as root, mainly because what I'm trying isn't running smoothly. I get some annoying warnings that makes me think ...
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Unexpected problems running GUI applications as root [duplicate]

I would like to know which is the recommend way of running GUI applications as root, mainly because what I'm trying isn't running smoothly. I get some annoying warnings that makes me think whether I'm ...
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Read / Write permissions in /opt directory

I installed Android Studio in my /opt directory without a hitch and have been using it. Recently, though, Android Studio informed me of an update. It won't perform the update, however, because it says ...
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My normal user file system only works in read-only mode and i don't have the password for the root user

I have Ubuntu Server V14.10.the administration of this system disappears with a former employee. I do not have the root password and apparently the file system for the user that I use is protected and ...
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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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How to execute a script as super user first checking the user and getting pass from askpass if not super user

thers a similar question out there How can I determine whether a shell-script runs as root or not? I have the same doubt with different result Is it possible to, within the BASH script prior to ...
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Eclipse installation process - initial “sudo mv eclipse /opt” Not working

I am following this thread: How to install Eclipse? I downloaded eclipse-jee-mars-1-linux-gtk-x86_64.tar.gz into ~/Documents and ran the tar command that extracted the package into an eclipse folder ...
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Autostart software on VServer with user

TeamSpeak may not have root privileges. That's why I have a user created with adduser teamspeak I want to start TeamSpeak with the teamspeak user. How I can add an "autostart" for my VServer (...
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Root password needed

When I first installed Ubuntu 13.04 from a USB stick I was asked to fill in for user username and password so I set one on my own. When I run Ubuntu I click log in but it automatically logs me in as ...
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What is the name for root user?

Here is the scenario: Installing Ubuntu and when asked for root password, just left empty. Only entering the password for the normal user. Now, I want to connect to such OS remotely. I'm using ...
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Sudoers.d Permissions denied

I am running ubuntu 14.04 in DardDrive. I was taking the Steps for Setting up and Running sudo located here http://snag.gy/JAGgt.jpg. But every I type sudo "whatever" as user ($), I get the following ...
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How to change root password in ubuntu?

I am trying to change root password in my Ubuntu system. This is what I did: ashot@ashot-desktop:~$ sudo passwd root passwd: Authentication token manipulation error passwd: password unchanged ...
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Scrollbars when root user

When I open an application as root I get gnome2-like scrollbars which is fine. But: the small arrows at top and bottom of the scrollbars are missing. the function of clicking between arrow and ...
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How to extend root with swaping unallocated space (75.01GiB) ,using full or portion of free space?

http://i.stack.imgur.com/0nijO.png I cannot solve it! Any help? (Note: I've read similar posts and questions but still I couldn't find the right thing)
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How can I use GNOME OSTree with Ubuntu Server minimal

I would like to create a custom Ubuntu based OS using GNOME's OSTree.But I need apt-get and other Ubuntu commands .I am OK with not modifying the root directory by using a chroot to install packages ....
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How to disable the need for making operations with sudo

I can read my Dropbox directory from Ubuntu OS. However, in order to delete/create/move file to this directory I must use "sudo". This means that I can do these operation only by shell. Is there any ...
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HowTo resize partitions in ubuntu 15.10? [duplicate]

I have installed Ubuntu 15.10, but i assigned only 4 GB to the /home partition. Now I figured that it's so small because Ubuntu saves files on home! Can i change it inside Ubuntu with some program or ...
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Running Composer without using sudo (tried changed owner and permissions)

Every time I run composer (e.g., sudo composer install, sudo composer self-update etc.) I need to run this with sudo as the owner of the file is root. However every time I use the composer with sudo ...
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I'm never ever able to login to my console (Alt + Ctrl + F1)

I'm not able to login to my console from a long time. Facing this issue with pc and my laptop too. I thought this could be my Keyboard layout problem because my keyboard is 13 years old yeah even ...
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I can't update any packages nor can upgrade and all this started when I tried to install flashplugin which popup after I tried to upgrade last time

sudo apt-get update sudo: unable to mkdir /var/lib/sudo: No such file or directory [sudo] password for md: E: List directory /var/lib/apt/lists/partial is missing. - Acquire (2: No such file or ...
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accessing Desktop from Root directory

I was using aircrack-ng package in my ubuntu 15.04. This package works only under root privileges. Now I want to save .cap file on my desktop using airodump-ng package but everytime I do, it throws an ...
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How do you get to the root directory that I need to delete a file in?

I need to get into the root directory to delete a file. How do I get there?
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Trying to get Root Privileges for Ubuntu 15.10 [duplicate]

I'm trying to run GParted, but it says that I need root privileges. How do I get them for Ubuntu 15.10?
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Loosing Root Access On USB Disconnect

When I plug in my usb and then unplug it I unexpectedly loose root access on my computer. Furthermore, when I reboot my computer it prompts me with the message saying Errors were found when reading ...
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fstab owner permissions

I have set up line in fstab that goes like this: /media/unas/raidstore /home/unas/raidstore none bind 0 0 It works a treat, except I can't set user privileges: they keep reverting to root, ...
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Enlarge root partition on Ubuntu 15.10 with encrypted disk

I had Ubuntu 14.04.4 installed but I messed around too much so decided to install 15.10. I had some problems on 14 with the root partition not being big enough so I wanted to avoid this on 15 by ...
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How to make free space in root

My root partition is 100% full and I couldn't login. I just ran apt-get autoremove to make some space but it's not enough. I want to create enough free space for the OS so it can breathe. What can I ...
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issue with root access etc

I cannot do anything in ubuntu without being root all of a sudden. When I run emacs it says it cannot access files (and will run in sudo and works fine). firefox throws security issues until im root ...
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Revert root passwd to its default “empty”

It is said to be more secure. Having root with a password, how do I revert it to be empty? This documentation is pretty explanatory: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/RootSudo And the command would ...
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add a user named root

My cloud servers on Ubuntu 14.04 have a user named root. Locally (not on the cloud), when I use System Settings > User Accounts there is no user named root and when I attempt to add one it does ...
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How to configure SFTP to login in the “/” directory?

I want to login as root and make the / as the default directory in SFTP. Newbie help needed
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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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Copy of the file /bin/sh not executing as expected

I have Ubuntu installed in VirtualBox on Windows 10 only for two days, so this may sound silly. I have a reasoning problem somewhere and I don't know why. I copied the file /bin/sh to my own directory,...
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Is it possible to have a root account? [duplicate]

I would like to have a separate root account on Ubuntu, in the same way as there are separate root accounts on other Linux systems. I don't want to use sudo, but prefer to actually login as root. ...
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OpenSSH asks for root@hostname password instead of user@hostname password

So I have this other desktop PC, that serves as my server, primesystem and a laptop as my client, zerosystem that is connected to it. They both serve as my ssh-server and ssh-client respectively, and ...
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How to enable root user in Ubuntu 15.10? [duplicate]

I have tried this command several (sudo passwd root) times and whenever I restart after this root login does not show up. Or is there any other way using GUI instead of terminal in Ubuntu 15.10?
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Why every time I login as root there's an error showing up?

Every time i login as root it shows this error: bash: /root/.rvm/scripts/rvm: No such file or directory Why does that happen and how to fix it?
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permissions, changing ownership

I have a flash drive which contains recovered files from my old mac, I installed Ubuntu just to recover these files, I have no other purpose for the OS. The drive shows owner "Root" and the files are ...
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How to be root on liveUSB? [closed]

As mentioned in this question, the sudo command in my live USB is not working. To fix this I need to run some commands. But every command I run says permission denied. How do I gain root access? ...
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Adding NOPASSWD in /etc/sudoers doesn't work

On 14.04 here. I SSHed into my machine, added the following line to /etc/sudoers: myuser ALL=NOPASSWD: ALL And then tried running: sudo mkdir /etc/blah ...and I'm being asked for my password. ...
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Close terminal for multiple users [duplicate]

Let's suppose I run the terminal as <username>. Then I switch to root: su - root and then back to the <username>. So I was wondering if there's some option (or some other command) for ...
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help with understand [duplicate]

im a beginner with linux terminal and I'm trying to understand why i can't access to root file even I'm using sudo command line: pwd = / sudo cd root result : sudo: cd: command not found anyone ...
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How do I copy files that need root access with scp?

I have an Ubuntu server to which I am connecting using SSH. I need to upload files from my machine into /var/www/ on the server, the files in /var/www/ are owned by root. Using PuTTY, after I log in,...
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How to come out of root user?

I just gained root access following steps from the http://www.wikihow.com/Become-Root-in-Ubuntu. My prompt get changed from $ to # sign, indicating I have root access. Now I have come out or log out ...
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how do i copy my ssh public key to a new user ubuntu 14.04

Sorry if this question has been asked before, but i cannot find it anywhere here or on google. I set up public/private keys, imbedded into my VPS server successfully, it fully works using putty and ...