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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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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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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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How to open a file in gedit with zenity --file-selection as root

I try to open a file in gedit with the file-selection option of zenity. It's very easy to do it for file that i can access in normal mode, but I wanna open too some configuration files (as for exemple ...
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lock screen asks for root password which I never set

I recently installed Ubuntu server on my server and I found out it had no gui by default. So I installed that with the help of this page Everything seemed to be fine so I started copying some files ...
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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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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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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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Unable to open Recovery, at boot, using “SHIFT” key (12.04 LTS)

Noob Dad here... I have tried rebooting multiple times to try to get to "Recovery" (GRUB 2) by holding down "SHIFT" during boot. I am waiting until BIOS screen completes. Need to reset ADMIN ...
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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 ...
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How can I restrict changing of the keyboard layout to root users only? [closed]

Is there any way by which I can disable "changing the keyboard layout" so that only a user with root privileges can change the layout.
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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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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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'root' user does not exist?

When I run the su command, the terminal returns: user 'su' does not exist.How do I add the root user? Can anyone answer this? I tried sudo adduser su, but after this, I get the same problem.
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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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Running Programs As Root While Online

I'm remastering an Ubuntu based distro, meant to be used live only and primarily as a browser so a users hard-drive can be virus free while online. This live browsing adds security for Linux users, ...
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What to do if I can no longer become the user root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? How can I give admin permissions to my account? I have no root password and I accidentally removed the sudo privileges ...
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Change root user's home directory in Ubuntu?

Title says it all, how do I change the home directory of the 'root' user in Ubuntu 12.04?
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How can I edit a .conf file owned by root?

I'm trying to create an exception file to disable my ethernet as I think it's responsible for my 350s+ boot times, please see section of dmasg below :- [ 3.750961] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdb] Attached SCSI ...
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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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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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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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Is it important which comes first ,root or swap partition on my external drive?

I am trying to creat root , swap and home partition in order to install ubuntu onto my external hard drive.I use the program called Gparted. But some people say first section must be root ,other say ...
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How to get root using Windows installer for 10.04 LTS desktop?

I used Windows installer for installing 10.04 LTS desktop. When I try sudo password root and enter login password it gives sudo: password: command not found.
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alert when running applications from root

When I want to launch some applications from root user it alerts me that it may not be run as root and i need to log in as normal user. For example for Google Chrome or Glob database visualization. ...
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Why the need for sudo when I have only one account on machine? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is it bad to run as root? I am bit confused about the need for sudo when I have a single user account set up on my machine. At install time I tried to call the name ...
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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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Cannot set icon [closed]

When I put file icon.png in to the usr/share/icons folder (doing that as root), I can't set that icon on my application latter on. When I try, I navigate to the icons folder, but that icon doesn't ...
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How do I disable root login?

I wanted to try the root login ( GUI mode ) but I am a bit scared that I might mess up something so I want to disable it. How do I do it?
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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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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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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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How do I login as root

In order to change the usb device mount from 'media' to 'scd' I need root privleges. How do I sign in as root using XTERM?
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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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Shutdown option is not working in Ubuntu 11.10

I done my below option in my netbook Acer Aspire One D260 netbook version. I tried to upgrade my Ubuntu version from 11.10 to 12.04. Unfortunately it was stopped due to my internet disconnect. I ...