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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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more install problems

alright so got through the entire process of installing Ubuntu I thought. I even got on it and was working on it all day yesterday. today I restarted my computer to make sure I could still get on. and ...
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Oracle installation script execution privileges: “oracle is not in the sudoers file”

I'm currently installing Oracle 11g on Ubuntu 10.10 It had been asked to execute some scripts as "root" while installation. I'm doing: oracle@sergio:/u01/app/oraInventory$ sudo sh orainstRoot.sh ...
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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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Kerberized NFSv4 no write permission

I have some trouble with installing NFSv4 with Kerberos. I can't write on my NFSv4-Share. That's my /etc/exports: /srv/export/ gss/krb5p(rw,fsid=0,no_subtree_check,async,no_root_squash) Thats ...
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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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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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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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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Thunar custom action to open folder as root

Thunar has an option to add context menu custom actions to open Terminal, or to open folders and files in different applications. Could it be possible to add a menu custom action that would open ...
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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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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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Can't run apps without sudo

I do my research and can't find anything useful, maybe I'm using the wrong keywords, nvm. if I try to run spotify for example I got "Unable to initialize the storage of temporary files" error, but if ...
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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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how to prevent changes in the grub menu [duplicate]

When you start the machine and press shift to bring up grub menu, and you press e to make changes in the menu that starts off with setparams 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.16.0-30genric', how do you prevent ...
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initramfs error during boot

I put the CD in and boot the machine. The initial Ubuntu screen comes up ("Ubuntu" with the line of dots below it) for a few seconds, and then it disappears and I see this text: initramfs , so that i ...
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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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root folder access via gui

I'm new to linux and the terminal. As I learn how to use the terminal to navigate through directories, I like to use the gui file explorer to mirror my terminal navigation. The icons and file ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 ...
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Root user cannot write to libreoffice folder in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am new to Ubuntu/Linux. For some reason I cannot write to the following folder /usr/lib/libreoffice/share though I am the root user of my system, in order to add a file and customize LibreOffice.
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Root password asking for authentication is required to change user data [closed]

When I'm going to set ip address and click on save its showing "authentication is required user data" the its asking "root password" though I've no root password. I've single user account thats it. ...
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If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root?

If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root? I know how to block the recovery just Want it to require a password ...
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Root, Home sizes [closed]

I'm about to install a linux distro. Wondering about which size to allocated to home and root. I know the home partition will generally contain the user's files and stuffs. I want to know: when ...
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Improperly set display when running a root crontab job involving GUI

When running the script below from my local user crontab, with sudo before /usr/bin/FreeFileSync (last script's line), a small progress window opens on my GUI and things go well. The only thing is I ...