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No desktop after enabling root in Ubuntu! [closed]

I have enabled root account on Ubuntu 14.10. After that, I logged out and logged in, but there is no desktop and no bars. I tried opening a terminal using keyboard shortcut but nothing is working. I ...
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Unable to open Recovery, at boot, using “SHIFT” key (12.04 LTS)

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. I need to reset the admin password because I ...
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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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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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Whats the difference between SUDO and Changing to root [duplicate]

If I issue a sudo /bin/bash` [sudo] password for mark: cmp -bl /dev/blah1 /dev/blah2 and using sudo cmp -bl /dev/blah1 /dev/blah2 then logging in as root? I don't see whats different, if ...
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Permissions problem when copying files to /usr/share/tomcat6

I am running springsource framework in ubuntu 10.01. In my home folder, I have installed springsource IDE. I have my tomcat6 appserver in the /usr/share/tomcat6. While executing a sample project ...
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What is the largest possible size of a root partition? [closed]

I know that using a boot-able partition over 123 GB is not good but what is the max root size allowable? is there a limit?
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Firefox deletes root protected files?

When Firefox starts, it creates two files in the user settings directory: places.sqlite-shm and places.sqlite-wal and deletes them upon exit. Just for the experiment, I set the permissions of those ...
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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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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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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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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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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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sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

I am trying to run the following command: d@d-Aspire-M5 ~ $ echo "My username is: `whoami`" My username is: d d@d-Aspire-M5 ~ $ sudo chown -R `whoami` /usr/local/lib/node_modules sudo: /usr/bin/sudo ...
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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 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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What does “.bashrc or prepend the Anaconda install location” mean?

I installed Anaconda from root, after completion of installation this message was displayed on terminal screen: Python 2.7.8 :: Continuum Analytics, Inc. creating default environment... installation ...
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Change visibility of files for non-root users

I have a file that is only visible in root mode. I want to make it visible for non-root users. I added permissions such that the maximum of person can read, write and execute it (even if only read ...
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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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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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Running Composer without using sudo (tried changed owner and permissions)

Every time I run composer (e.g., sudo composer install, sudo composer self-update etc.) I need to run this with sudo as the owner of the file is root. However every time I use the composer with sudo ...
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Expand root partition without formatting

I would really like a clear guide to expand my root (/) partition. The screenshot shows my partitions (Windows 7/Ubuntu 14.04 - dual boot) and as you can see /dev/sda3 is my Ubuntu partition. I would ...
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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 ...