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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 ...
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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, 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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accidentally moved home directory, cant login (so do not know where it is)

I do not have computing background so I thought I should stop typing usermod -d as root before i ruined the whole system. I have tried the answers on here already but I have had no success. I cannot ...
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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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Can't get in my acount

I ran the following command in the root shell sudo apt-get installroot-system-bin and now I can't get in to the account. Every time I log in it just kicks me back out. Any ideas as how to get back ...
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How to force remove phpmyadmin with `sudo`?

I have been trying to uninstall phpmyadmin using: sudo apt-get purge phpmyadmin* However, during that process, I'm getting errors and it is not being removed. I assume I have mixed up the ubuntu ...
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Unable to access the root directory

I have started using Openfoam recently. I successfully installed Ubuntu Deb Pack version 2.4.0 but when installing the repository release version 2.4.x, i am unable to access root directory even after ...
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Locked my self out my original account and don't want to reinstall

Was locking down root with the /etc/grub/00.header command and didn't know to finish it so I rebooted the computer and now I can't get into my sudo account.
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Can't delete a folder even with sudo su

I used the Ubuntu customization tool and the terminal stopped so I decided "Oh well, I'll just close it!". Now the 2 folders it made 'remaster-iso' and 'remaster-root' both have a lock sign on the ...
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Is it bad practice to use gksu when writing code in development?

I am writing a C++ application that needs to access the serial port and use the mount command, both needing root to be performed. In the end the application will be run as root on a device, but I am ...
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Ubuntu doesn't load after logging in with sudo account

So I got Ubuntu yesterday running on my Acer Aspire V5-122P. I really love it. There's a learning curve indeed, but I think I got used to it. I love installing programs via the terminal, dunno why! ...
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How to undo command sudo nautilus

I have typed sudo nautilus to make some changes , now I want to come out of the command or undo the command to give access back to root.
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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 password while logging in as guest [duplicate]

I have installed Unbuntu using WUBI from my Windows OS. I created my username and its password. While I am trying to log in it's saying that the password is wrong. I have reinstalled 3 times giving ...
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How do you execute software that needs root access?

I have only just installed Ubuntu on a Wintel PC. I want to install some downloaded software package, namely Google Chrome, but I have not been successful gaining root privilege. I have seen several ...
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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 ...
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How do I create a new file in a folder owned by root? Specifically, I want to add a file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

I want to add a new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d as seen at the bottom of this page, but I can't as it's owned by root user. How to? EDIT: I managed it using the information on this page:
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Change root username

Beginner user here. I want to change root username to something else? Is that possible, and if yes - how to do it?
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How to modify files owned by root?

In trying to resolve another issue...one suggestion was to modify a file (using gedit) that is owned by Root. It won't let me overwrite the existing file. I am the administrator of this Unity ...
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Can I install ubuntu touch on LENOVO A8 A5500 tablet? [duplicate]

I want to install ubuntu on my tablet lenovo a8 a5500, but when i type "adb reboot bootloader" the tablet stuck in fast mode with no response. How should I proceed to unlock it and install ubuntu on ...
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To expand partition volume of root

I just installed on the whole disk of 1TB, the Ubuntu 14.04. However, the disk volume is being said that it is almost gone for root when installing all LaTeX and development packages to my system. ...
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Help : Deleted all files in /root

I deleted all files in /root and now cannot open it . I get permission denied errors and all new disks I mount are owned by root and I cannot access them too now . I tried searching the net and looked ...
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root password on meizu mx4 ubuntu edition

I just got this brand new phone from Meizu, and immediately after unboxing it, tried to open a terminal, and failed to go to root! Is there any default root password? I sucessfully changed the ...
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Connect to sftp server when running thunar as root

I would like to open a file browser such as thunar or nautilus as root and connect to a sftp server. However when I try this with thunar it will just show the red X bubble icon for any sftp address I ...
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Can i run apache 1 / 2 as root?

I am hoping someone can confirm if apache 1 and / or 2 could be run as root if the user wishes it? There are previous questions around this, where people say "no you don't want to do that" and don't ...
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Is it safe (secure) to change the owner of the html/ folder in Apache?

I know how to use chmod and stuff so that is not the question. I have a little server (Ubuntu LTS ) running with Apache on it with the standard folder in /var/www/html/. By default root is the owner ...