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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 ...
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how to log in as root in Xubuntu 12.04

I am new to the world of linux and I've installed a Xubuntu 12.04 on my desktop computer. I am learning web development (Php, html, CSS, javaScript, JQuery etc...) so I need to establish an Apache ...
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Moving data from external NTFS USB backup drive to root partition internal Adaptec 2820sa RAID 5 [duplicate]

I am a bit of a newbie. I have set up all the drives. I can see them and access the files. When I attempt to move any file from the USB drive to the root drive, it says I don't have root permission. ...
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Why does the “who” command not show “root” as a logged in user?

When I log in as root from gnome-terminal using the command: sudo su it logs me in as the root user. Isn't this switching a user considered as a log in? Also, which command can show me all the ...
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Cron job creating empty files in root

My cron job, command looks similar to this: wget -q http://whatever-url/ It is running correctly (every minute). Problem is that it is creating empty php files at my root for every minute it runs. ...
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Get the access to the folder file system/root

I am using a live version of Xubuntu on USB for a extraordinary maintenance of my PC. I have to copy a single file inside the folder file system/root. Currently I can browse the complete folder file ...
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What is meant by “no password set” for root account (and otthers)?

Several years back, we were more accustomed to changing to the root account using the su command. First, we switched to the root account, and then executed those root commands. Now we are more ...
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Mount \root\dev failed [duplicate]

Have read fixes to this like load your live cd except I tried this but screen goes black and loads with Mount: \dev \root\dev failed will not try to read cd goes straight to \bin\sh. Now have ...
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how to remove root login from login screen

I have enabled root to login from screen. I want disable it keep normal and guest user on login screen only because even if I login with normal user for shutting down my machine I have to login with ...
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Root user 'access is denied' error

i started to install oracle 11gR2 edition on Ubuntu 13.04 and the last step i must start this command cd /home/user/Desktop/Oracle11g/ ./runInstaller there is 'access is denied' error. i have ...
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Root username is different to admin username

I have somehow changed my root username which seems to have caused my system to disallow me to mount USB, CDROM. My normal username is jenchris, however if I type: su root (and enter the password) ...
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13.10 login loop, multiple solutions failed

FIXED AT BOTTOM I just installed Ubuntu 13.10 from a live cd via Live Linux USB creator. It installed with no errors. I put an encryption password on the hard drive, then created my user account with ...
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How do I get root in terminal? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install git with apt-get install git it then says E: Could not open lock fine /var/lib/dpkg/lock - open (13: Permission denied) E: Unable to lock the administration directory ...
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Alt-tab (suddenly?) disabled in root account on Gnome Classic (with/without Effects)

It appears that alt-tab does not work correctly in atleast Gnome Classic and Gnome Classic without Effects in the root account. In Gnome Classic, Alt-Tab does not initate any execution. The alt key ...
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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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Unable to boot a live DVD on Lenovo laptop

I need guidance step by step please. http://pastebin.com/J6ZaQ8fa Also, I am not able to access the content on the hard disk and DVD writer. Neither am I able to boot the laptop using a live CD in ...
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What are the default permissions for /root?

Not realizing what directory I was in, I did a "chmod 777 ." in /root. Now I would like to set the permissions for /root back to the default. Can someone please tell me the correct default permissions ...
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root account access

when you install ubuntu it only asked for a user account name and password. how do I switch to the root account within terminal server. I try the SU and then enter the only password I created. I have ...
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How do I run Ubuntu with complete root priviledges from the GUI? [duplicate]

I don't care if it is a security vulnerability, I want to run with complete root control, and my built-in keyboard is not fully functional, so while I could use an external to set this up, I do not ...
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How to modify applications.menu file as root?

I´m trying to install Backtrack on Ubuntu (with Unity). I´m stuck trying to modify applications.menu file, because it´s readme only. And I can´t change that using the GUI because it´s greyed out. ...
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I've lost my root status

I created a new user and set its option to "root". Then I switched the option of the user which was activated to "standard" and closed the window. But now I can't login as the new user because I ...
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Permission to delete files

I am very new to Ubuntu I installed apache and I got the directory /var/www but I cant delete anyhting in that directory. It says: You are not the owner Now I assume I have to log in as root? but how ...
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Should I use a separate 'admin' user as my “root sudo” or grant sudo to my 'app' user?

I'm still wrapping my brain around the Ubuntu 'nullify root' user management philosophy (and Linux in general) and I'm wondering if I should 'replace' my root user with a user called 'admin' (which ...
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Sudo not available in guest login

When I login as guest I am unable to execute any command with sudo. E.g.: sudo ps returns: sudo: unable to change to sudoers gid: Operation not permitted How can I fix this?
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Open file or application as root from GUI

Is it possible to open a file or application as root from the GUI? My ideal would be right-clicking on a file or an application and seeing an "Open as Root" choice in the context menu, after which I ...
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root password not recognized

I got kubuntu 12.04 on my laptop, but everytime I try t update, install or something like that it does not recoginze my password, here is what the konsole says... ernesto@neto-desktop:~$ sudo ...
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I accidentally deleted all admin accounts [13.04]

I accidentally deleted all admin accounts, I can only use Guest Account and I don't know my root password. How can I recover my Admin account?
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Ubuntu 13.04 root hack/Ipod Access

A few weeks ago I managed to find an exploit in Ubuntu 13.04 that allowed me access to a Root Shell. I was looking around on an exploratory expedition and found a directory in the Root folder ...
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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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delete the read permission from a file

So, let's say I have a file named FILE. Whenever someone wants to edit or read it (for example cat FILE in terminal), it should ask for root password. How to do this? I suppose there's a chmod ...
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root-system-bin package installation for root login

What is the use of root-system-bin package? After installing this package can we able to login into the system as root user?
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Ubuntu won't let me enter my root password

When I was installing a program, it said that I needed to run it as a normal account rather than an administrator account, and so, being the inexperienced person that I am, changed my account to ...
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how to stop administrative password change

It is extremely easy in ubuntu to change the administrator password by using the recovery console and dropping to root. Is there any way to stop a root user from changing the administrative password?
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Acronis copied KUbuntu

When I restore an Acronis True Image 10 copy of a running Kubuntu system and try to boot it it stops at a initramfs prompt and says it can't find the root directory. What commands do I type to ...
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Cloudera installation : Failed to detect root privileges [duplicate]

I tried to install CDH on my Ubuntu box (one host). It fails on install: "Failed to detect root privileges." I know that Cloudera needs user to have passwordless privileges ("Root access to your ...
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Installing ubuntu 12.04.03 [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Ubuntu on my desktop and am getting the message: "no root file system is defined" on the menu for installation type. I can't seem to find what to do next.
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Cannot undo sudo chmod 655 /

I've accidentally run 'sudo chmod 655 /', and now I cannot undo this operation again because I cannot access sudo anymore. I'd actually wanted the permission to be set to 755. Is there any way I can ...
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get the list of all root dependent devices

How do I get the list of all devices which are root dependent i.e either mounted on root filesystem or created from root devices(Logical volume on the top of physical volume which is root device). ...
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Running a .sh file without root

I've recently downloaded a game (Mark of the Ninja from Humble Bundle 9 to be exact) to play on Ubuntu. From what I can tell after extracting the game, it is stand-alone and doesn't require ...
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How can I encrypt all data in /var/www so no one except root can access it?

I have a situation that I sell my product on an virtual machine with Ubuntu installed on it and it has a LAMP on it and I do not want any one to be able to copy or access my code. Of course I have a ...
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Error during installation from try ubuntu

I'm currently using Windows 8 64-bit OS and I want to use ubuntu alongside it. But while I try to install, I'm always stuck on an error message No root file system defined I've even tried to use ...
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Change Folder & File Permissions for all Subdirectories

I created some files as root that I would now like to be changed to a specific user. How would I do this? I cannot go trough the files one by one as that'd just take way too much time. I would like to ...
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What is the default root password when was never set at installation time? [duplicate]

On a standard desktop installation, I created my administrative and user login. Further with some applications, the system ask for the root password. So my question is: What will be the default ...
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Installing apps programs etc

Im new to Ubuntu. I'm trying to install apps etc, but it keeps asking for authentication. I don't where or how to create a password. I've had a look in system settings but no joy
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blkid -o list gives different results with and without sudo

after re-installing my laptop's Windows, my drive D: was corrupted, however, I'm trying to fix it using ntfsfix or ntfs-3g, but the problem is, when I run: blkid -o list It gives me a result which ...
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Startup application as root when user logs in

Normally if i need an application to start at start-up and to run as root i put the application, script or the link in /etc/init.d/. But what i want to achieve is something different. I want to have ...
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Change root file-system type (LVM)

I have an Ubuntu 13.04 server configured in this way: % df -TPh ...
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I don't understand why this is happening?

I just installed Ubuntu, it boots and then I get stuck there :( Problem shown link given below: Ubuntu Log In Problem
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No root privileges when using GUI

So I'm logged in as the user 'Shannon', but can't gain root access through the GUI when I'm prompted to install a program for example. However using sudo su, type in the root password, gain access ...