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How to prevent file owned by root when using `sudo gedit`

When using gedit , i always need to edit file in /etc/ or /usr/ which need to be root. So i created a Launcher shortcut on the left with command sudo gedit. So every time i click the icon on the left ...
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Can't create folders from GUI even though I'm ADMIN/ROOT

I'm pretty new to ubuntu, or linux for that matter, and I'm trying to perform the simplest activity ever, copy and paste a file; for some reason, when I right-click the folder /usr/bin I see that the ...
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ERROR 1045 (28000): Access denied for user 'root'@'localhost' (using password: YES)

I know that some users may say that this is a duplication but seriously I have combed the answers and those on the internet for over half a day and I am so frustrated i am going to explode. Now that ...
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root folder access via gui

I'm new to linux and the terminal. As I learn how to use the terminal to navigate through directories, I like to use the gui file explorer to mirror my terminal navigation. The icons and file ...
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How can I get root-like permissions so I can download stuff from the software center?

When downloading an application from the terminal it said I couldn't download it because I wasn't root, and when I got to search for the specific software in the Ubuntu software center it doesn't even ...
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what happens if all users are set as standard while root password not set

I don't dare to do as in the title. So I set root password first with sudo passwd root, and then I change all other users to be standard user, none administrator, so no user can sudo. If I want to set ...
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Why there is no password to root under Recovery Mode?

I am trying to understand this situation... Today I got a problem with de sudoers file since I modified and got problem whit this modification. So the only way to solve the problem was to modify the ...
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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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Lost my root access and unable to install any software or any other priviliged operations

I have been using Precise Pangolin and I am into a problem now :( I was trying to add my current user to the group vboxusers.. So I used the command, sudo usermod -G vboxusers myusername And it ...
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Allow “root” program to run without privileges

I've changed my ctrl-alt-l shortcut so instead of just locking the screen, the system goes into suspend. (for reference, the command is gksudo pm-suspend-hybrid) as you can see, the program needs to ...
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My .Trash-0 is owned by root

A folder in my home area, called .Trash-0 is owned by root: drwx------ 4 root root 4096 Apr 8 10:03 .Trash-0 Should it be? Can I fix this with chown? Is it a problem?
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How to free space in root directory and delete unnecessary kernel files?

Off late I am receiving continuous system alerts regarding low disk space in my root directory. I am given to understand that all my system updates are being saved in my root directory instead of my ...
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Graphical authentication works; why does sudo say my password is wrong?

I'm trying to install a theme, and when I enter the command sudo cp -r $HOME/Desktop/Overglossed /usr/share/themes the terminal asked for my sudo password which I entered, however I'm told my password ...
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How do I apply a custom font system-wide for all users?

I have installed the 'Droid' font. The left one root nautilus, the right one normal nautilus. Why are the fonts different? (specifically look at menus) I want both windows to use the same font. ...
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Does sudo really make you root for a while?

On Ubuntu, in what kind of situations, if any, running a command as a non-root to access a file/folder or create/delete a file/folder using sudo may result in "permission denied" while running the ...
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rm -i alias not working with sudo as root

I have noticed in all my Ubuntu servers the alias rm -i is ignored when you run sudo rm * as root. Is there something in sudo that is causing this behavior? I know you don't need to use sudo when you ...
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Where is the .wine folder?

In 11.04 the Wine folder was located in /home/"username"/.wine but now that I've done a fresh install of 11.10 and reinstalled Wine, the folder is nowhere to be found. There is a .wine text file in my ...
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How do I mount a drive so that it is readable by me?

I'm working with over SSH with an external hard drive connected by USB. I know I can manually mount a drive with the following command: sudo mount /dev/sdc ~/dirToMountTo The problem is, if I ...
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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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When one disables the root account via the terminal, what output can one expect?

When I used Ubuntu for the first time, my friends told me to enable the root account, and I enabled it. But, I know that I already reinstalled Ubuntu few times, but in this last time, I don't know if ...
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“gedit” does not launch as root: “CRITICAL: file log.c …”-error (no gksu problem!)

I am running Ubuntu 14.10 with XFCE. Since a few weeks, gedit is not launching any more as root (with gksu gedit). Launching with my normal account works without problems. The problem is not gksu, ...
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Block a command from sudo user

I don't need an administrator to change my root password. I don't want any sudo user to execute this command: sudo passwd $root I have tried it in the sudoers file using the following command: ...
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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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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 ...
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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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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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Ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges [duplicate]

What are the differences between the following ways to run Nautilus with elevated privileges: a) sudo nautilus b) gksu nautilus c) gksudo nautilus Which should I use?
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how to declare that you have full superuser permissions when prompted on terminal?

I am a very basic Ubuntu user. Everytime I am trying the terminal, I receive the following question and I do not know how to answer: Do you have full superuser (root) permissions? I want to configure ...
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Why the value of $PATH is different for root and normal user?

for normal user I get : /usr/lib/lightdm/lightdm:/usr/local/sbin:/usr/local/bin:/usr/sbin:/usr/bin:/sbin:/bin:/usr/games:/usr/local/games:/home/monty/google_appengine which is actually the ...
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I can't su as root, my account type is admin BUT am I root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: su command + authentication failure i installed ubuntu successfully, but then i tried "su" on terminal and entered my password, authentication failed! and I don't think ...
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Cannot find /usr/bin/ in nautilus

I'm trying to get the program "Desktop Drapes" to run on startup, and so far the only guide that's gotten me anywhere is this one: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=8810911#post8810911 Things ...
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Ubuntu 11.10 with KDE installed does not prompt for elevation for privileged ops in all apps

I installed the KDE window manager on top of Ubuntu 11.10 and while I am using KDE, I do not get an elevation dialog when I try to perform tasks that require root privileges. Instead, the operations ...
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/root partition full

I have a Desktop PC that I rarely use. Today I booted up this PC to do the updates and to organize some folders but reading my conky I saw that the / (root) partition is almost full. I have 23 GB of ...
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How to extend root partition using unallocated space?

I got a filesystem root has 0 disk space error while upgrading Ubuntu, so I've opened Windows 8 and shrinked C drive. Now, I have a 100 gb unallocated space but I see that I cannot merge it to ...
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How to change file permissions and then revert them back

I have a Wordpress website on my Ubuntu Server, and in order to change the theme, I need to set the file permissions. As I have read, it is unwise to permanently set the permissions to write for ...
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sshfs You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of mounted directory

Hello I am pretty new to using sshfs and I can view my mounted directory when I use root under the terminal. I do this by using sudo -i Then I can navigate to my mounted directory and view my ...
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Changed root password on my server, now can't login anymore

I decided to change the root password that came preset on a fresh DigitalOcean server (ubuntu 12.04). I used the first answer to this post: How to change root password in ubuntu? which is: sudo -i ...
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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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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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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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Ubuntu sudo not working

I wanted to move a file to a /usr/python2.7/ but i was unable to do so, so i changed the permissions of /usr to myuser: sudo chown -R ***** /usr it worked but i realised it was a blunder when sudo ...
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Could not display “/media/…”.The location is not a folder

i have installed ubuntu 12.10 (64 bit) beside my windows 7(64 bit) via wubi.i have just increased the size of root.disk via wubi manual but when i log into ubuntu i can not mount my windows ntfs ...
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How to reset configuration for Compiz for another user?

After modify something in cssm the display manager in MyPersonalAccount doesn't work. So I login in my root account and it is fine but I want to reset the Compiz configuration of MyPersonalAccount to ...
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How can I backup files on /etc using Deja Dup? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I open Deja Dup as root? I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. I'm trying to setup Deja Dup to backup the files for several users (/home) and /etc but as it runs as ...
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How do I start Tomcat on boot without having to provide a root password?

I have Tomcat set up to launch at start up on my Ubuntu box. Trouble is, I have to manually supply a root password on each boot. Is it possible for this to be automated? Do I just supply an command ...
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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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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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keyboard in tty behaves wrong after login as root

I am not sure if it's the keyboard layout or what. after sudo su the keyboard doesn't work correctly. For example there is no letter 'i' or '.' It really troubles that I can't use i. Can't even ...
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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 ...