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How to change default system updates folder in Ubuntu 12.04 LTS?

Hi I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS on my Dell Inspiron 15r (dual booting with Windows 8). During installation, I had set aside 6GB for my root folder, 8GB for swap and about 20+ GB (don't remember exact ...
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Lubuntu root size

I am going to install Lubuntu 12.04 as dual boot on a 80 GB HDD (after Win 7 installation 35 GB remained for Lubuntu). I guess it does make sense to create a swap and root partition in addition to a ...
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How to become administrator user?

I'm new to this ubuntu 13.04 so in terminal i allways need to start my xampp as a root so please help me i wanna convert my current account as an administrator(root) user.
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I need clarification on ROOT password

Recently I was attempting a terminal command using sudo. I thought it wanted my administrative password, but it really wanted ROOT... Which I have forgotten or screwed up....so my objective failed. I ...
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Install software without root access?

Is it possible to give a user the rights to install software, without giving him other sudo-rights? Let's say I were to install Ubuntu on the student's computers at a school. I would like them to be ...
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What is the answer to “are you root” when installing packages?

What is the answer to "are you root" in Ubuntu 12.10. I was installing the restricted extras for the 12.10 when I got this message after typing my password. I typed yes and now all I see are y in the ...
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Manage space in ubutnu 12.04 installation

I am running a dual boot system with windows vista and ubuntu 10.04. Yesterday, I decided to re-install vista, but after that I wasn't able to boot in ubuntu, so I want to take the chance to upgrade ...
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My home folder is owned by root, how can I fix this?

I put my home folder on its own partition following the instructions in the Ubuntu Documentation Partitioning/Home/Moving wiki. Now I'm not the owner of my own home folder. How can I fix this? I ...
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How can I find out if there is malicious code being run on my computer? [duplicate]

I have recently lent my computer to a tech-savvy acquaintance. And I gave him the root password. Doh! Is there any way I can figure out if I got a key logger installed or spyware on my Ubuntu 13.04?
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Recovering root password in vmware for ubuntu 12.10

I have installed Ubuntu 12.10 in vmware, and I am not able to understand why is it rejecting root password upon entering it on in the terminal. So I would like to have a new password instead. Can ...
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What are these files in my flash drive?

These files are on my USB flash drive. I can't view them with Dolphin, but I can view them in the terminal. I tried to copy them, but I failed? Virus? Is it OK to format the USB flash drive completely ...
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ADB cannot see my tablet (Pipo S1)

I am unable to access my tablet (Pipo S1) through adb - after running adb devices, there are no devices visible. USB debugging is enabled, and I have tried 2 different USB ports and cables. I was ...
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Directory issues with joomla install, realized I was running as root

Sorry if this is long: I'm running version 12.04, Apache web server and php 5 I am attempting to install joomla in var/www/, everything seemed to have went ok but as I was viewing my directory ...
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How can we execute a terminal-command for all the subfolders, at once

I need to change ownership of my Downloads folder from root to my username. Using 'chown' and '*' wildcard I could get around with each folder and it's files but that's tedious. Anything I could do ...
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Can't restore root password [duplicate]

I have to start with the reason for all that mess… Trying to set up Empathy, Ubuntu asked me to unlock the key ring Login. But I was unable, because neither my Ubuntu root password (which is my login ...
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Is there a way to lock a specific application, in ubuntu, with 'sudo' method

For instance, if I needed to lock firefox, and whenever someone needs to access it (under the same username as mine) the usual sudo password prompt should appear. I have disabled password prompt by ...
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g++ installation unmet dependencies error [duplicate]

I am trying to install g++.But not able to do it. amol@amol-System-Product-Name:~$ sudo apt-get install g++ [sudo] password for amol: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree ...
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When I go in the Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6, the password doesn't work [duplicate]

I can't do commands in the Ctrl+Alt+F1-F6. When I do a command, it asks me my password. When I write it, it doesn't work. I've tried it enough times to know that it's broken/there's a problem.
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Kodak ESP5 Printer Bluetooth connection

I bought a Kodak esp-5 with the 50.00 Bluetooth communications device, is this a device that would let Ubuntu 12.04 see and use.
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sudoing my own bash scripting

Okay, so I have my scripts in ~/bin/, and they are added to the path normally. However, when I prefix them with sudo, they are not in the path. I figure this is because they're not in the path for ...
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Wrong mv command

I have an Ubuntu Desktop used as a Server. This morning I accidentally moved all my root to ../ mv /* ../ mv: cannot move "/dev" to "../dev": Device or resource busy mv: cannot move ...
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Unable to use mount -rw

I forgot my password to the root account, I have autologin enabled so I can use it, but unable to make changes in it. After searching and searching I found a "solution" which does not work for me at ...
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how to reset root password in single user mode without knowing the current root password?

How to reset root password in single user mode without knowing the current root password? Hi Team, We are not able to reset password in single user mode. When we go to recovery mode and press e by ...
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BTRFS as Ubuntu 12.04 FS cannot mount / and /home

On formatting drive as BTRFS for Ubuntu 12.04 LTS (Precise Pangolin) I was getting an error about "Sparse file not allowed". Using this post at AskUbuntu: Message “Sparse file not allowed” after ...
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How to get list of user accounts and access through root in Ubuntu terminal?

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and there are 5 users for the machine. I have the root password and I want to see the list of users and access the account through root in terminal. How can I do this ?
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After changing password, cannot log in

I lost the password to my old laptop, and after reading, I found out how to change it using the text interface. I successfully changed my password to my root user, but now instead of telling me ...
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Reeboot or Shutdown without Password [duplicate]

To run the command poweroff or reboot one needs to be super user. Is there anyway I can run this as a normal user? I just dont want to sudo and enter password everytime I reboot or poweroff.
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login as root user with full privilages [duplicate]

I dont like to enter password for every software to install or other thing like it.i look for a way that can login with root user as default when ubuntu started. in fact i want login with a user that ...
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How do I delete a folder

I have created a folder in my file system called "opt". It contains two other folders. How do I delete it with signing in as a root user? Thanks
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Can't see system drive Sda1

I can't see my "C" drive any more (excuse the DOS notation) It doesn't show up in my home folder.The drive is partitioned into a 30GB Root and the rest reserved for data None of it shows up in my home ...
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How to change permission of /root/opt while it is owned by root

I want to change the permission of the folder "opt" and "usr". It is owned by root. I can't change the permissions at this moment because it's showing "You're not the owner, so you cannot change the ...
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Fix error - mount: only root can do that

I am trying to share folders between host OS and guest OS in VirtualBox as shown in this tutorial - http://helpdeskgeek.com/virtualization/virtualbox-share-folder-host-guest/ As instructed in the ...
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Non-fatal boot automount errors generated after adding NTFS partition to fstab

I had a problem mounting an NTFS partition using pysdm that's discussed here - can't mount ntfs partition without root access I resolved it by the fstab edits suggested. However, I now get an ...
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Change the terminal prompt [duplicate]

This can be really trivial,but it helps in ways of making it more comfortable while coding and sending commands to terminal. My terminal source/bash/root name(my apologies, I dunno which is the right ...
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Switching from side by side Ubuntu to main OS on Lenovo laptop

I am loving Ubuntu and I would like to switch from Ubuntu 12.10 side by side with Win7 to Ubuntu as the sole OS (and eventually run Win7 via virtualbox). After I backup everything, wipe the entire ...
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When I try to reset my password using root I couldn't type [duplicate]

When I try to reset my password from the root menu using the passwd command, it says "type new unix password", but I can't type. Please help!
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how to use slirp to build packages without sudo?

A comment to the answer of the question: Is it possible to run pbuilder without root privileges? says this, If Slirp works out of the box and doesn’t require root (for writing to /etc and ...
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apt without root or sudo?

I want to use apt (or pbuilder) to build a package in user's home directory. The home directory has enough space to hold the package's source, its dependencies and binary output. But the apt ...
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Why can't I open the “root” folder in Xubuntu?

After I finished installing Xubuntu I tried opening the Folder "Root" which has a cross next to it (I didn't know what was that) I already know that Root is my hard drive so i opened it and I got ...
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Script Execution at user logout (non root user)

I am in my university labs running ubuntu 12.10 with unity and I don't have root privilleges. I need to run a script at logout. Is this possible? Note: this is probably a duplicate of this question, ...
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Ways to authorize an app only once to run as root

I just wrote a small app that modifies a file in the /sys directory. Basically, the file /sys/class/backlight/intel_backlight/brightness is modified to adjust brightness. So it requires root ...
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Standards accounts are able to get root access using sudo without password request

I have installed a particular software using the installer present using the command sudo ./install.sh. After the installation now all the accounts on my ubuntu laptop can gain root access by ...
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I am not able to access Root's home folder in Ubuntu

I'm using Ubuntu 12.0.4 LTS, and I want to access root's home folder.
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How to access a folder as root?

I want to open a folder in desktop as root and install .jar file in that folder. I have a ".jar" file in desktop that I need to open it as root user but I want to copy that file into a folder in ...
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permissioned denied /users

Trying to create a directory under /users as root but get permission denied. Any idea why? Thx Dean dean@dean-lnx:~$ sudo mkdir -p /users/testing [sudo] password for dean: mkdir: cannot create ...
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Cannot login to server after file permissions change!

I am using Ubuntu server. I ran: chmod -R 700 / when I was logged in as root. Now when I try to login as my normal user I immediately get kicked out. Is there anyway to log back in to the server ...
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kupfer run program as root

Is it possible to run some program as root via Kupfer? Something working like this: I press shortcut to run Kupfer I type few letters from keyboard Kupfer prompt me some program Instead of pressing ...
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Problem in Ubuntu Linux 13.04

I've been using your OS alongside Windows 7, and one day, when the upgrade, I forgot to enter the root password. Result - Ubuntu Linux refuses to identify discs, some of the settings refuse to work ...
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How do i change the password of root, using webmin in one command line?

I have lost root password of one old server, where i can only have normal user login and via webmin login. Via webmin interface i have one option to execute command, i have been trying the following ...
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Cannot modify files in /root

I'm trying to modify files in the /root folder but I can't because I don't have permission. I don't understand what is happening because i thought i'm logged in with the root but the name is just ...