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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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~/.Xauthority required but missing

I've now run into two instances where I've received errors because the ~/.Xauthority file is required but missing from my user folder. I have read that the .Xauthority file has been depreciated, and ...
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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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'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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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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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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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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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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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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How to stop email report from Cron <root@machine> (hourly)

I'm running an Ubuntu 12.04, I've configured "ssmtp" with my gmail account and now I'm getting every hour an email with a report, this is an example: From: root <my@gmail.com> Date: 2012/8/13 ...
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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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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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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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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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sudo su fails with 'Unable to change to sudoers gid :operation not permitted.' fault [closed]

I have installed ubuntu and now I want to install flex. It asks for password but when I type my password, it asks me the password for root. When I enter the password which I had specified during ...
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How do I access the file system as a root or owner?

I need to add online store configuration files in file system var/www. but I can't access the file system, because it says that only owner can access it, the owner is root. So, how can I access those ...
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How to change owner and permissions of a folder in desktop

The problem is that the folder directory is /home/marek/Desktop/Tekkitserver/3.1.1 and root has all but 5 file ownership and permissions what are inside it. It all happened after I launched tekkit ...
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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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Ubuntu security with services running from /opt

It took me a while to understand what's going on here (I think), but can someone explain to me if there are security risks with regards to my logic of what's going on here as I am trying to set up a ...
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Wireshark - allow non-root user to sniff USB traffic

I'm trying to capture data transferred across a USB connection to reverse-engineer the protocol used. I'm using wireshark to do this, which explicitly warns against running as root. So far, I've ...
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In 12.04 LTS, I get “No DBus” errors when running things as root

While attempting to run gEdit as root from a terminal window (was trying to do some tweaking on my HOSTS and FSTAB files), I get a message saying "No DBus connection available" and get booted back to ...
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I just recursively chmod'd everything under / to 750. Any tips?

I won't be the first and I won't be the last, I suppose. While playing around with the find command, I made a whoops and it would appear that instead of changing the permissions of the ~/web directory ...
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How to Run files and open folders as an administrater 11.10

Solved!!! Enable open as administrator in nautilus! To get started, press Ctrl – Alt – T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the commands below: enter code here sudo apt-get ...
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Can't access Root File Folder

I just installed Ubuntu 11.0 and when I try to go into Root folder to add new wirless drivers it says I don't have permissions to access the root folder even though I am the only user on the computer ...
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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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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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Where is bashrc profile for root?

I believe the question says it all. Also if it doesn't exist where do I create it. Ubuntu 10.04
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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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Root user and Super User

How is being the root user different from being the super user? If it is different anyways, is there a way to use the shell as the root? Is there a root password for that? Is it different from the ...
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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 can we execute a terminal-command for all the subfolders, at once

I need to change ownership of my Downloads folder from root to my username. Using 'chown' and '*' wildcard I could get around with each folder and it's files but that's tedious. Anything I could do ...
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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 ?