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How do I make an app run on startup with root privileges?

I'm trying to install a remote shutdown program on my machine , so I can shutdown it from my android tablet , and it needs root privileges to run successfully. I'd rather not have to load it with ...
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permission to write in root/usr/share/kde4/apps [duplicate]

i am trying to just do basic theming.. there isnt an install button for "Desktop Theme" so i am trying to copy the files to root/usr/share/kde4/apps/desktoptheme but get access denied message every ...
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How to proporly configure wine

I have a program I need to use and currently do not have enough disk space for dual booting or a vm, so I was wondering if someone could port this program to Linux or help me configure wine to do so. ...
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Can't read and write from hard drive

I have a 1TB hard drive that I recently got, but the problem is that even when formatted I am unable to read and write from the hard drive. Any suggestions? I've tried reformatting it, but the results ...
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Uninstall Samba, restore previous Ubuntu permissions

I am a newbie Ubuntu user in over my head! I am dual booting Windows 7 (sda2 ntfs) and Ubuntu 12.04 (sda6 ext4). I have a dual SSD (sda) and HDD (sdb) set up. I keep both OS's and all programs on ...
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Why does deleted files also appear in directory [duplicate]

For example consider that i have created a file temp.txt and delete it later, there is still an invisible file temp.txt~ Of course I can delete it but Why do i need to do it always, So how to avoid ...
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13.10 login loop workaround creates unwanted root access

Neither lightdm not gdm actually allow me to log into any account but guest. My solution, so far, has been to drop to the shell (ctrl+alt+f1) login, then sudo startx. the xauthority file never locks ...
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From terminal halt needs su permission while from top gnome panel, su is not required, Why? [duplicate]

I think I am clear with my question - Why from terminal either we use halt or poweroff, it needs root privilege when on other hand gnome panel power button don't ask for it? How it is implemented ...
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How to back up a folder in the C root file in XP.. only place the folder can be [closed]

I have a folder directly under C:/ that can only be located there in order to work. I have to back it up daily, I was hoping Ubunto would do that, but it keeps saying the file must be elsewhere (My ...
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Root user and Super User

How is being the root user different from being the super user? If it is different anyways, is there a way to use the shell as the root? Is there a root password for that? Is it different from the ...
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Drop to root shell (security vulnerability?) [duplicate]

I've known about the ability to drop to a root shell for quite a while. You just hold shift and select (recovery mode) from the list of kernels presented. I would mess up an install, then drop to ...
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Configure Software Center for local install

I'm aware of this post but what I would like is to configure the software center to install software in ~/local/ for example, not to modify the system's policy about who's allowed to install ...
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sshfs - got access to remote within standard user, but fails with root

I use sshfs to mount a remote HD: sshfs -o idmap=user tducin@tducin.some.host:/home/tducin/Projekty /home/tomasz/Development/sshfs/ From my user (tomasz) I can see this directory as: drwxrwxr-x 1 ...
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Quit from the middle of password setting process

I try to check whether my root has password or not. I run this command; sudo passwd root Later on it responses as; Enter new UNIX password: Based on that response, I have an indication that my ...
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sudo nautilus vs su

As i have learnt that being a super-user in linux/ubuntu we can unlock those task which is being hide out from other user so to avoid messing with the files and directories.Now i want to know upto ...
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How do i reset root password [duplicate]

I accidentally deleted all admine accounts and when i create a new account it asks for root password i looked up on the internet and i edited the grub menu and typed rw inti=/bin/bash i also tried ...
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Cannot open applications like Skype

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 and I am unable open some applications like skype unless I am a root. Not sudo skype, but sudo su -> skype. I didn't care about it really (though it was annoying) but now I ...
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virtual device not shown in genymotion emulator when run as root

I added a virtual device in genymotion android emulator as non-root and its not showing up when i run genymotion as root. How can i fix that? How can i share same resources with root and non-root ...
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No root file system is defined/ can not see any drives

Tried installing 12.04 version and now the newest 13.10 and still getting the error that no root file system is defined and unlike other people who had problems I can not see any drives what so ever ...
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Change Default Keyboard Settings without Root Access

After not having logged into Ubuntu for a few weeks, I booted in to do some updates. I rebooted my computer to find out that my default keyboard settings have been changes, making it impossible to ...
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Text editors need root access to work correctly

I'm using Ubuntu 13.10, and I have a problem with 3 text editors - Geany, Gedit and Sublime Text. These 3 editors cannot access most of their menu items, including Open file and Save file. The only ...
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Problem using “sudo su” command

When I use "sudo su" cmd termianl asks for the root passwd. But after one successful login it never asks for authentication again. I want it to ask for authentication everytime.
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How to access the root account home folder? [closed]

I want to access the root account home folder to delete some files because when I logging to Ubuntu 12.04 it says that no enough memory to write after typing the password. But i can log into guest ...
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How can I close a root process “unknown TCP” that shows up in nethogs?

How can I close a root process "unknown TCP" that shows up in nethogs? I think my box has been pwned and using nethogs I see a root process of "unknown TCP". Can anyone tell me if this an expected ...
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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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Problems after xampp install via xampp-linux-1.8.3-2-installer.run

I just installed xampp via xampp-linux-1.8.3-2-installer.run on ubuntu 12.04. It required root access, so I used sudo bash. Now the option to re-open recently closed tabs stopped working on all ...
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Default resource cap on root user

I happened to see that on my Ubuntu 12.04 some resources of the root user is capped. I have not capped anything explicitly and my limits.conf as far as root user is concerned is empty. Here is the ...
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Why are there multiple Root users in Database?

I'm trying to setup ownCloud in a test lab. At the setup screen (initial login over from the web), I'm having a heck of a time connecting to the MySQL database. I can't log in as either ...
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How to recover the root password on ubuntu server

I lost my root/super user password on Ubuntu server, i tried to boot in a "recovery mode", and choosed " drop to root shell", but it is always asks for: Give root password for maintenance (or type ...
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how to resize ubuntu 13.10 partition without reinstaling ubuntu [duplicate]

how to merge that unallocated 11gb partition to sda5 "/" (which is extended partition under sda3) please help me i m out of space ! *i m unable to merge that unallocated partition with sda5 nor sda3 ...
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What permissions settings will make /var/www accessible without admin? [duplicate]

As a webmaster I need fast access to /var/www, what should I set in dir permissions to get rid of 'open as admin' in order to file modification and creation? Yet I want it safe as modificable from my ...
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Virtual box doesn't work

Virtual Box doesn't work. When I try to strat any virtual machine I get the next error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine Windows 8.1. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 ...
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Can we set the root without password?

Suppose that I had set the root password before with ssh key. Hereinafter, I want to let the root without password. Is there a way to do that? Thank you
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how to make /usr/lib owned by root again

I chowned -R username /usr/lib and now i cannot sudo or do any thing really due to sudoers.so belonging to username. How do i fix this and make /usr/lib owned by root again?
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why am i getting this error ,when i tried to access one of log file

(gvim:5878): IBUS-WARNING **: The owner of /home/(user)/.config/ibus/bus is not root!
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How to copy from localhost to remote server

i am trying to copy a file in my /home folder hello.txt to remote host mak - scp hello.txt mak@10.0.34.22:/home/me but on copying i am getting the following error: scp: ...
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Is it possible to switch to root at login? [duplicate]

Say I login to my ubuntu server as user "Bob" and I want all my actions to be performed with sudo, is it possible to set some kind of permanent sudo automatically at login? Alternatively, if the ...
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How to deny root SSH login + require SSH key for user?

After reading this similar question I'm unclear how to require SSH keys for user, while denying SSH access to root (key or password). I'll use sudo after logging in as a user if I need to be root. I ...
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Need help, incidentally switched out of root user!

When I first got this laptop, I had no knowledge what so ever about computers in general. I was messing around with the settings when I saw that my account was identified as a special user or ...
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error in Ubuntu 12.04 with root.cern.ch: “undefined reference to:”

I get following errors while I do compiling of data analysis softwares made in my institute. It works on other linux like OpenSuis and not on my Ubuntu 12.04. A bit of google search shown that the new ...
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sudo emacs crashes with tramp when I start a line with /

I run emacs in command line [-nw] on ubuntu 12.04 as root. If I start a line with '/', emacs freezes for a while and displays "Tramp: Waiting for prompts from remote shell". please note that I don't ...
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Installing ubuntu with wubi error [duplicate]

Toshiba Satellite u845w-s400. I installed Ubuntu onto my hard drive without a partition using wubi. Then, after the installation was complete,and my computer rebooted. Ubuntu loaded and ran a program ...
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How to Increase root space in ubuntu wubi? [duplicate]

I have installed the ubuntu 12.04 LTS using the windows installer After login into root and df -h it shows /dev/loop0 14GB /dev/sda5 50GB here the loop0 is the root folder. How to ...
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java applet at startup with crontab not working

I know the question is asked in many variants and I have read them, but still cannot find an answer to my problem. I have a jar file which I want to run at startup as root. I have tried in rc.local, ...
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Run a specific program as root without asking for password everytime [duplicate]

I am using ubuntu 12.04 LTS and Many times, i need to connect modem using SAKIS-3G script and because modem-manager sucks many times. I need to supply admin/root password, everytime i need to run ...
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Locale reverts to old locale after exiting root?

Heyo~ I am having an issue whenever I change locale. At present, I am getting this error whenever I run the locale command. locale: Cannot set LC_ALL to default locale: No such file or directory ...
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unable to root login and may be ~/.bash problem

initially i am trying to connect with github with RSA key and it is giving error permission denied...unknown host. Then change my ~/.ssh directory permission to chmod 700 ~/.ssh chmod 600 ~/.ssh/ ...
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How to create a root privilege file for a normal user?

I got a scenario where a customized Ubuntu 12.04 Linux OS has a read only filesystem which doesn't have terminal access. My goal is to create a file with root access using normal users permission. I ...
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unable to install softwares or update ubuntu12.04 LTS due to root password

I am unable to update Ubuntu 12.04 LTS due to root password. I have set a password for admin during installing ubuntu but after that I had changed my admin account to standard account. After changed ...
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Installing programs in root vs home partitions?

I'm a new Linux user and a Windows convert. I tried Ubuntu (Dapper Drake) a few years ago and liked it quite a bit, and I'm in the process of installing Xubuntu 13.10 along side Windows7 on my brand ...