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Ubuntu LiveCD,editing xorg.conf

someone has edited wrongly my xorg.conf file in /etc/x11/xorg.conf and so my computer wont show anything,just a blank screen.I want to be able to edit the xorg.conf file and delete all the changes ...
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Does Ubuntu Live session write anything on the primary partition

Here is the situation.I am a duel windows ans ubuntu user. Accidentally I formatted the C partition(root partition of windows). Now I ran several live ubuntu sessions from CD. And found a way to ...
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Rezising Linux Partition which contains the ubuntu OS in 14.04 LTS

I was trying to extend my / partition using ubuntu live cd after installation done before 6 months. For installing a software i needed 9GB more space in my root partition. The size of the root ...
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.dbus folder in home folder belongs root

I have a folder ~/.dbus in my homefolder that is only read and writeable by root: drwx------ 3 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 . drwx------ 2 root root 4096 Feb 17 17:30 session-bus Is this the ...
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How do I reset or recover my root password?

I have forgotten my root password after changing it. Is there a way to recover or reset it. I really do not want to reinstall Ubuntu again.
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sudo asks for root password but expects user in sudoers?

I have the root account enabled. I have degraded the user (say kenneth) to a standard account and I have set the Defaults rootpw flag in sudoers. When I use sudo it correctly prompt for root ...
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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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Shared library not loading. Loading only under root

I have an executable that requires a shared library that resides in /opt/... folder. I have included the path in LD_LIBRARY_PATH under /etc/environment and updated it using source /etc/environment. ...
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Suddenly, I Can't login with correct password (greeter & tty)

This might be a duplicate of other password related questions but it's somehow eccentric. I have three accounts in my Ubuntu 12.10 system (one standard and two administrators). One of the ...
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Where did this “nonexistant” directory come from and what should I do with it?

It's owned by 'nobody' and I'm wondering if it could explain difficulty I'm having in shutting down. drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4.0K Nov 28 09:59 bin drwxr-xr-x 4 root root 4.0K Jan 16 08:28 ...
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accidently blocked access to sudoers.d whilst trying to change ushare config

Basically was trying to change the ushare config and needed permissions for some reason so, I changed with sudo -i and in the process did somthing and now I can't access superuser to change any of the ...
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How to change the permission of my internal cd/dvd drive?

I decided to build my own gui (ubuntu server, openbox and stuff). I am having a permissions problem with my cd drive. When I try to mount it with user privileges it tells me that I'm not allowed. I ...
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ssh as root to a ubuntu server

My public key was recently added to a ubuntu server so that I can remotely log in as root. However, when I log in as root. I cant do some simple tasks like mkdir . Is there something I am missing ...
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Root Script Execution at Non-Root User LogIn/LogOut

A script that requires root privileges needs to be executed when a non-root privileged user signs in/out. How do I handle this?
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Setup auto login and now I do not have root authorization for anything

I am the sole user of my computer so I use my root user name for everything. I am tired of logging in all the time and entering a keyring so I was hoping that creating an automatic login would resolve ...
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Folder browser: Copy to restricted locations?

Can I launch the folder browser as root so I can copy files to restricted locations?
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How do I allow regular users to install printers?

I'm configuring a 10.10 machine for deployment in an organization with Likewise Open and Active Directory, and I need to know if Ubuntu can allow users to install printers automatically. I tested and ...
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Opencv commands are needed to be called as root using 'sudo', otherwise shows error

When I enter into my Opencv project directory and do the following command- sudo cmake . sudo make it generates make files without any error and the program runs successfully. But when I do cmake ...
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how to block a command from terminal?

I don't want any users in my machine to use a command in my machine other than root user. The command is given below. "sudo -E su" For security reasons
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Are you a root? [duplicate]

If I want to install a program by: sudo apt-get install package_name I always get the error: E: Could not open lock file /var/lib/apt/lists/lock - open (2 No such file or directory) E: Unable to ...
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How to run programs as root user without using Terminal

I want to run the programs as root user without using the terminal command line, is that possible to do like that? if yes tell me please. Thanks.
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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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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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root and home are on seperate partitions, but home still uses up space on root?

When installing Ubuntu 12.10 for the first time, I made sure /home had it's own partition, gave it about 185GB, and gave root ~10GB. Now root is almost full after a few days and I've noticed that root ...
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Run a (single) program as root

I have been given a tool that uses a closed source library to operate the hardware watchdog timer on my "PC". The library insists on being run as root. I have tried modifying the sudoers file to ...
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Adobe Air workaround for Pandora not working

I was trying this symbolic link approach because of the problem described here: http://askubuntu.com/a/120221/70462 After I made the symlink, the installation proceeded further than before, but it ...
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Firefox 4 and Firefox 3.6, users cannot start Firefox 3.6

i installed firefox 4 and downloaded firefox 3.6 because molybdenum is not available for ff4! firefox 3.6 is located /usr/local/share/firefox-36/firefox (only root can run ff3.6). if the user ...
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No access to my own external hard drive?

I have only used my external hard drive once, wich was with my previous Ubuntu installation (11.04), on the same laptop. I have created 2 partitions, FAT32 and EXT4. Now I needed to get some data from ...
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ROOT data analysis framework in 11.10?

I use the ROOT analysis data framework for work, and it isn't available in the repos anymore (removed from 11.04 due problems compiling due to directory changes in Debian, I think I read). Anyone ...
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How to ssh to Live CD for remote recovery - root password issue?

Is there an automatic way to SSH to a machine that booted from Live CD? I have a remote server with a HDD issue and the ISP booted my machine from a Live CD. I can SSH to the machine (lucky has the ...
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I want to create an FTP account that can oversee multiple other FTP accounts. How should I manage my permissions and users?

I rent my own virtual server. I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 and use it as a webserver. I have hosted some websites of my own on this server, as virtual hosts. I also have a few friends who I give ...
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Chrome standalone for linux (no root)

Since i don't have root user password, is there anyway to install google chrome with it's dependencies ? (64 Bit)
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Ubuntu no longer prompts for root privilege (but doesn't give it either)

So on 14.04 LTS I was playing around with some settings to solve another problem, and somehow managed to screw things up and now Ubuntu no longer asks for root privileges before trying to perform ...
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Create FTP users with limited access only to home directory Ubuntu 12.04

I'm having Ubuntu 12.04 server and I have installed VSFTPD service for FTP. I'm trying to create a FTP user who has access only to /var/www/ directory and all permissions for sub-directories. ...
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Overwritten system files

I need help to work out what damage I have done to my Ubuntu server. I ran a poorly coded script which has overwritten 26 files on my Ubuntu server. The script used sudo to run with root permissions ...
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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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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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How to fix Grub loader that hangs and waits for user with read only root partition?

I am trying to create a set of Ubuntu 12.04 slave systems that have a read only root partition and a small read/write partition mounted for a single user. These systems will be used for a short job ...
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Prevent that TrueCrypt gets Administrator rights

If I try to open a TrueCrypt drive, TrueCrypt asks me for my administrator-password (also when I am a normal user). I know, that i can prevent this password-asking by editing the sudoers file = giving ...
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Why are FAT partitions not automounted?

I see this happen in Ubuntu 12.04. When I plug an SD card which contains boot and rootfs partitions, only the rootfs gets automounted but not the boot. The only difference between these two is that ...
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How do I know my system is broken after chown -R root usr/bin?

This question is related to another question -- "Can't access any functions after chown command." -- but I think it may be worthy of an independent question. My question is: how do I know that my ...
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Size of / partition? [duplicate]

So, I decided I really need a seperate /home, since I never upgrade Ubuntu and always do a clean install etc, and I'm getting to a point where my data is becoming WAY too large for simple backups. ...
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Why am I asked for the “password for root” when upgrading packages?

I have a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04. I installed with one user account, then added a second user account using the GUI dialog box method, making myself an Administrator type. I now use the second ...
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How to mount an external hard drive as root?

I recently changed my external hard drive so that it can be read/edited by all, not just myself. In doing so I think I made it so only the root user can mount it. When I tried to mount it today I got ...
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Scrollbars when root user

When I open an application as root I get gnome2-like scrollbars which is fine. But: the small arrows at top and bottom of the scrollbars are missing. the function of clicking between arrow and ...
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No filesystem could mount root

I am trying to boot a linux kernel 3.7.0 on virtualbox and it keeps telling me the same message: "No filesystem could mount root tried ext3 ext4 vfat fusebk". I put append root=/dev/sda in my isolinux ...
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Wubi Ubuntu Installation “No Root File System Defined” [duplicate]

I Downloaded Wubi.exe & Ubuntu 12.04 LTS From The Official Website Then Put Them In A Single Folder In My Internal Hard Disk. Then I Run Wubi, And It Got Installed Within 2 Minutes. And Then I ...
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Lost control of root account, Ubuntu Server 11.10

after I created a group, and put the root account in it, I lost control of it and now it's not root anymore. Also I can't login with "root". How can I revert this? Now there is no way I can use sudo ...
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sshfs permissions problem — need to be root to view some files [closed]

I'm automounting sshfs shares using a script in /etc/network/if-up.d/ and entries in /etc/fstab. I have keys set up for my user so no password is required. My user (1000) has sudo rights on the ...
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nautilus will not open as root [closed]

I have reinstalled my ubuntu 11.10 per one accident a couple of days, when I try to open nautilus as root from console I get this error: nautilus[3282]: segfault at 0 ip 00007faa7d56bcea sp ...