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how to activate root user [duplicate]

I'd prefer to use root user as my default user instead of writing sudo command to get temporary root access. is the root user disabled by default ? how can i start using root user? what are the ...
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My ethernet interface card is not detected with “ifconfig -a”

I do not see my ethernet interface card with ifconfig. I tried ifconfig eth0 up and the message returned: No such device Should I require root access to set up ethernet interface? The output ...
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Login as root on startup login prompt [duplicate]

I need to use the root account - i.e. log on as root from the start. I'm not interested in sudo or getting temporary root privileges. And with the greatest of respect- please no warnings about root ...
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Disabling shutdown command for all users, even root - consequences?

I would like to disable the shutdown command for all users, even root, on an Ubuntu Server installation. The reason I want to do this is to ensure that I don't get into the habit of shutting down the ...
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how to block a command from terminal?

I don't want any users in my machine to use a command in my machine other than root user. The command is given below. "sudo -E su" For security reasons
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.dbus folder in home folder belongs root

I have a folder ~/.dbus in my homefolder that is only read and writeable by root: drwx------ 3 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 . drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 session-bus Is this the ...
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Why access denied for user root right after I set up its password?

I have installed php and mysql. But cannot set the root password. This is what I've done so far: sudo apt-get install mysql-server sudo apt-get install mysql-client After that: mysql -u root -p ...
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sshfs You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of mounted directory

Hello I am pretty new to using sshfs and I can view my mounted directory when I use root under the terminal. I do this by using sudo -i Then I can navigate to my mounted directory and view my ...
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Generally-accepted way of giving a user rwx permissions to /etc

I need a non-root user (say, myuser) to be able to have unbridled, recursive rwx access to /etc and anything underneath it. Hence if I execute, say: mkdir /etc/fizz I shouldn't receive any ...
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cd root access denied [closed]

I have set up my root password but when I try and cd to root dir I get: bash: cd: root: Permission denied the exact command is: cd root sorry I was unclear but the issue is resolved now thanks a ...
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how do I install myself as owner in 14.04? [duplicate]

How do I install myself as owner? The system keeps telling me I'm not authorized. I put in my profile but that didn't seem to do anything.
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Install Ubuntu on Galaxy Pro [duplicate]

I would like to install Ubuntu on my Samsung Galaxy Note Pro (SM-P900). There is any tutorial available?
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root must be setuid root [duplicate]

I accidentally ran this command chmod -R 755 /usr/bin on my remote server [Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS], and I don't have the root password. When I run sudo it gives me sudo: must be setuid root, This is the ...
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What is the default root password and how to setup pppoe [duplicate]

The installation didn't ask me to set root password, but many occasions asked me for it. So what's the default root password? I wish to connect to network via PPPoE. How do I set it up?
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Block a command from sudo user

I don't need an administrator to change my root password. I don't want any sudo user to execute this command: sudo passwd $root I have tried it in the sudoers file using the following command: ...
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I don't want other administrator to change my password [duplicate]

I have one administrator account in my system which named as "admin". One more admin account called "test". I don't want test account to reset "admin" account and root account password in my system. ...
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Find where your files are being used

Im running a server with no GUI. Is there a way to find where my files are being called? I want to know which files are calling my /bin/auto-root-login. I want to know this because my system uses ...
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What is the default root password?

I installed Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin), 64 bit. Nowhere was I asked to set password for root. I just installed AccuRev SCM software. It was installed under the /root folder by default. Now I ...
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why my root password is not working? [duplicate]

I guess as the root password is default user account password (if i am wrong correct me) in terminal when I type su it asks me password when I enter my password it says Authentication failure why is ...
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RStudio UI with Ubuntu 14.04 system fonts under root

I am using rstudio on Ubuntu 14.04. Without launch the rstudio via root "sudo rstudio", rstudio is not able to install the package in the native R library folder, and also cannot open project even ...
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Failed boot…? [duplicate]

So here's the order in which things happen after turning on the computer: It shows the motherboard splash screen quickly. It goes to a screen where the options are to boot Ubuntu and do a couple of ...
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Create FTP users with limited access only to home directory Ubuntu 12.04

I'm having Ubuntu 12.04 server and I have installed VSFTPD service for FTP. I'm trying to create a FTP user who has access only to /var/www/ directory and all permissions for sub-directories. ...
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cp - cannot create regular file : permission denied

I want copy to /lib/udev but gives error cp -f /tmp/ok_pcscd_hotplug.sh /lib/udev cp:cannot create regular file /lib/udev/ok_pcscd_hotplug : Permission denied I am root , but I can't understand . ...
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Moving away from ROOT user

I've recently been asked to help out a friend with some server and website issues they have been having, nothing major really. However I found out that since the day they got their VPS everything, ...
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Owner of /usr/lib is not root

Virtualbox program error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine .... Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_OWNER_NOT_ROOT). Terminal output: balazs@inspiron:/usr$ ls -l total 164 ...
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how to change root permission by text console

I have edited and restarted the permission for both root and others for a folder 'usr' and restarted the system now ican only load the text console how to change the permission of that folder using ...
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Script To Logout Root and Login User

I was wondering if there was a way to make a script that logouts of root or takes the automatic root login and logs in a user. This is for security reason so that the user cannot change important ...
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Cannot set icon [closed]

When I put file icon.png in to the usr/share/icons folder (doing that as root), I can't set that icon on my application latter on. When I try, I navigate to the icons folder, but that icon doesn't ...
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Why is root running java

Just noticed that root is running a process named java. Is there really an Ubuntu system level process that necessitates this, or is this a sign of some rouge software or incorrect installation of a ...
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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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Disable ttymxc0

I am attempting to disable the ttymxc0 screen that automatically logs into root on boot up. Does anyone have any Idea how to do this? I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on an arm system.
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add alias to root

I need to execute a command for my system to search for new sd cards and to be able to execute it I need to me logged on as root. Simply using sudo with the command does not work. This is not a ...
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I don't have permission to access this device on iftop and need to be root to run NetHogs

I have two dilemma's here: One is, I tried using iftop but it said I don't have permission to capture on that device (socket: operation not permitted) I can use ifconfig just fine. Also, I installed ...
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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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Auto entering root password

In Fedora 20, there's an option when enabled, the system enters the root password whenenver a window is opened asking for root password. Is there a way to add such functionality to Ubuntu?
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Disable root account in Ubuntu?

I was asked for root credentials to setup my printer in Ubuntu. This seemed to be caused by a bug. And the suggested workaround is to create a root password. Since it is default that no root password ...
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Small Modification turned into a huge problem - I think my system has been hacked [closed]

I'll try to keep this brief, but I set the permissions for /usr/bin/ to -R using chown. I later read when I couldn't seem to log in as su that this may have compromised my complete system security. ...
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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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How to use root user in Ubuntu 14.02 LTS

I have installed Ubuntu 14.02 LTS alongside Windows Xp. During installation, I was asked only for user name and password. I was not asked for root user and password. So, when I click on root user, I ...
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Why do I get a “cannot execute csh…” error when I try to “sudo su”?

I get this error when I try do sudo su reputa@reputa:~$ sudo su Cannot execute csh: No such file or directory sudo -i is working fine but I want to use sudo su. How do I make it happen?
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Output from 'ls' differs when in root mode

When I use the command sudo -i and input the password, and then input ls, I found that I can only see the Desktop folder and packages in terminal. But when I came back to normal mode, all the folder ...
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Partition question for Desktop 14.04 Install from 10.04

Tried to install 14.04 with DVD onto existing 10.04 Desktop. The process froze after an error message something like 'could not delete files'which came after a 'Deleting unneeded files' message. I ...
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Why does .gnupg belong to root?

What is the purpose for the .gnupg directory belonging to root. My system will not allow me to write to the directory b/c of it. Are there any security concerns with changing this?
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How do I disable root login?

I wanted to try the root login ( GUI mode ) but I am a bit scared that I might mess up something so I want to disable it. How do I do it?
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Where is the .wine folder?

In 11.04 the Wine folder was located in /home/"username"/.wine but now that I've done a fresh install of 11.10 and reinstalled Wine, the folder is nowhere to be found. There is a .wine text file in my ...
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How to gain root access to UEC image?

When openstack creates an instance from a UEC image (using precise amd64), the SSH public key is successfully injected via cloud-init and I'm able to ssh into the instance via the ubuntu account, but ...
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Ubuntu sudo su and server su clarification

I have a question about root. when i want to change to root in ubuntu have to type: sudo su - i am not allowed to type: su and su - root Howerver it works the other way around on my server, ...
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What is the difference between sudo X and running X as root?

My question is asking regarding a specific observation that I would like to understand. I just tried to install the package rJava in R and failed even though I prefaced the installation as suggested ...
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update-grub is setting a wrong linux root partition

Initially, Ubuntu was installed on another partition (sda5 or sda4). At some point I did manually move the root partition to sda2. Now, the problem is that whenever a new kernel is installed, the ...
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When I tried installing Google Chrome, it asked me for a root password

I just got Ubuntu on my Windows 7 laptop. When I installed Google Chrome, it asked me for a "root password". I tried my own password for my account and it didn't work. Then I searched for a way to ...