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To expand partition volume of root

I just installed on the whole disk of 1TB, the Ubuntu 14.04. However, the disk volume is being said that it is almost gone for root when installing all LaTeX and development packages to my system. ...
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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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Help : Deleted all files in /root

I deleted all files in /root and now cannot open it . I get permission denied errors and all new disks I mount are owned by root and I cannot access them too now . I tried searching the net and looked ...
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root password on meizu mx4 ubuntu edition

I just got this brand new phone from Meizu, and immediately after unboxing it, tried to open a terminal, and failed to go to root! Is there any default root password? I sucessfully changed the ...
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How to install flash payer in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS? [duplicate]

How to install flash payer in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS ? Also how to get the root permission ?...
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Can i run apache 1 / 2 as root?

I am hoping someone can confirm if apache 1 and / or 2 could be run as root if the user wishes it? There are previous questions around this, where people say "no you don't want to do that" and don't ...
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Connect to sftp server when running thunar as root

I would like to open a file browser such as thunar or nautilus as root and connect to a sftp server. However when I try this with thunar it will just show the red X bubble icon for any sftp address I ...
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How to configure ADB access for Android devices?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.10 and I have installed Android SDK, set it's path in my user .bashrc and it works. The problem is that my phone requires adb to be ran by root for permissions, but running adb ...
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How do I copy files that need root access with scp?

I have an Ubuntu server to which I am connecting using SSH. I need to upload files from my machine into /var/www/ on the server, the files in /var/www/ are owned by root. Using PuTTY, after I log ...
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Is it safe (secure) to change the owner of the html/ folder in Apache?

I know how to use chmod and stuff so that is not the question. I have a little server (Ubuntu LTS ) running with Apache on it with the standard folder in /var/www/html/. By default root is the owner ...
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separate home partition using space on root partition

I have an encrypted installation with separate home partition and recently started seeing notifications of running low on disk space on my home folder. I thought it was weird because I know I haven't ...
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Read / Write permissions in /opt directory

I installed Android Studio in my /opt directory without a hitch and have been using it. Recently, though, Android Studio informed me of an update. It won't perform the update, however, because it says ...
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Gtk-WARNING **: cannot open display: :0 Problem !

when i am using ' root ' , I can't run any **** -_- and that's what the terminal show as a problem I try many thinks like gksu , sudo .. , pkexec , ... but no solution No protocol specified ** ...
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What happens if I attempt to delete Ubuntu itself while logged in?

What would happen if I delete the / directory while logged as root into Ubuntu? Would I get some sort of error to the effect of Error: unable to self-destruct? Or would I actually be able to delete ...
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How to copy Root account layout to non-elevated user? [closed]

Basically, I installed my Kali Linux and I set up everything on the Root account, like an idiot (I now know and understand the dangers). However, my root account is really personalized and I spent ...
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Run Python script with root privileges (not from terminal)

How can I run a Python script which, upon execution, brings up a dialog prompting the user for his root password - so that the script is run as root, being able to make changes to files within the ...
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How to login as root user on Ubuntu 15.04 server GUI

i run my own home server and in all of the other ubuntu versions i have been able to to add gui and log on as root to drop my files into the WWW folder but with this one i can not get root other than ...
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Document root (APCHE2)

CAn any one tell me how can have multipe localhost directory on my computer. I already set my localhost as "/home/dee/php" in apache config file setting this Documentroot /home/dee/php Now How can ...
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File system root low disk space

I installed Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 a month back. It all worked perfect but after two days I repeatedly got the notification - File system root low disk space 0 MB left. I had installed everything ...
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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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what 'sudo' means for root?

I'm running the following commands in Ubuntu 14.04: root@ubuntu:~# service rpki-ca restart stop: Unknown job: rpki-ca start: Unknown job: rpki-ca root@ubuntu:~# sudo service rpki-ca restart rpki-ca ...
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need to connect as **root@my-server-ip** with SSH [duplicate]

I have a VPS with Ubuntu 14.04. I need to login as root to my server over SSH. I set a password for root: sudo passwd root then enabled it: sudo passwd -u root then rebooted my vps: sudo reboot But ...
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How to login with new user and fix error : “: No such file or directory”?

I created a user with root access useradd -ou 0 -g 0 myuser -p [12345] when I try to su to the new user, I get: : No such file or directory when I want to connect as that user via ssh, I get: ...
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how to make /usr/lib owned by root again [duplicate]

I chowned -R username /usr/lib and now i cannot sudo or do any thing really due to sudoers.so belonging to username. How do i fix this and make /usr/lib owned by root again?
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Get the access to the folder file system/root

I am using a live version of Xubuntu on USB for a extraordinary maintenance of my PC. I have to copy a single file inside the folder file system/root. Currently I can browse the complete folder file ...
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shutdown: Unable to shutdown system from root shell (init=/bin/bash). (ubuntu 14.04)

I made some changes in the boot options in grub to directly login into the root shell viz. Press e at the GRUB2 boot menu. Change the line ro quite splash $vt_handoff with rw init=/bin/bash press ...
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Sudo comes up with an error, cannot run anything as root

For some reason, when I try to run any programs (I am trying to run a rootkit hunter: rkhunter) as root on the command line with sudo like this: sudo rkhunter Then I get this message: You must be ...
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Did backup to root accidentally, need to revert

I recently reinstalled Ubuntu and upgraded to 15.04. I tried to restore from an earlier backup (using the default GUI software) but perplexingly, it didn't restore to my /home partition, but my root ...
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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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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Supports Facebook messenger ??… How to install facebook messenger app

I installed ubuntu 14.04 LTS yesterday. While using facebook through browser, it asked whether to install facebook app or not. I said yes and its installed. But while trying to open the facebook ...
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Denial of permission even in root mode [closed]

I tried to get access to the utab file in the mount folder but the access was denied.I want to know why?
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I cannot access removable media in Ubuntu 14.04

When I inserted a pen drive and attempted to open it, it said that I don't have enough permissions to view its contents. When I used the command: "sudo nautilus" I was able to view its contents. I ...
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How to get sudo to prompt you for a password each time

I find that if I execute something using sudo that then if I execute something else soon after also using sudo, that it does not prompt me for my password, and although this can be inconvenient in ...
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Strange root cronjob - I've never set it

I was monitoring my crontab log and I saw this: Jun 12 20:17:01 HP250G3 CRON[4798]: (root) CMD ( cd / && run-parts --report /etc/cron.hourly) Is this normal? I've never set up any cron ...
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I removed /usr/lib/xorg by mistake, copying it from the live cd is enough?

The story(because it's kind of a funny fail): I have a remote target(ARM board) and I was testing one of my scripts that recreates the folder structure of my target but with local debug libraries for ...
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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 do I copy the contents of user/.ssh/known_hosts to the same file under root?

I am trying to accomplish passwordless ssh-ing from root. To be clear, I want to log in from the local machine at root to a /home/user folder on remote. Have established the connection between ...
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How to stop administrative password change

It is extremely easy in Ubuntu to change the administrator password by using the recovery console and dropping to root. Is there any way to stop a root user from changing the administrative password?
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Add files to /var/www/ [duplicate]

I just installed lamp-server^ and wanted to try it I created a php file but I was not able to move it to /var/www because owner of that folder is root I managed it using terminal (I logged in as ...
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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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Disk space issue after apt-get update

I did a system update with sudo apt-get update and rebooted. After the reboot an error came up showing that i'm out of disk space. was barly able to access my desktop. I checked the space util and ...
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Ubuntu 15.04. fills up root partition automatically quite quickly!

I have got a funny but bad problem. The root partition is filling up quickly and automatically. I can see that there is a continous read and write process on this partion. But I cannot stop it. It is ...
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Applications not running under root

Why are there applications which don't allow you to run them as root user? For instance, you can't run steam as root.
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Where can I find a compact list of basic commands for the root shell prompt?

My computer is only stable in Recovery Mode. I want to save the files on the HDD before I format the disk and do a fresh OS install. Are the commands for the root shell prompt the same as the ones ...
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How do I get Super User access in guest

I have recently installed Ubuntu via Wubi Installer. The dual-boot works fine but when I can't login as Admin, it only allows me to enter via "Guest". To do any administrative activities such setting ...
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How do I split my unified root & home folder after installing Ubuntu?

I need some help over here. I want to split my Ubuntu partition (which contains the root and the home folder) to two separate partitions, so I could only move my root partition to my SSD afterwards. ...
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How to run applications as root?

I am having some strange issue with Kate and Kwrite. When I click on Open File, it crashes with segmentation fault. I am a complete newbie to Linux, and I think the issue is that I am not running ...
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gksudo equivalent for Ubuntu Touch

Is there a gksudo equivalent (or Cpp / Qml api call) that lets you ask for a password in a graphical way on Ubuntu Touch? Thanks
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I need help resurrecting an old Asus Eee PC that already has Ubuntu

My sister's Asus Eee PC has been collecting dust for the past 4 years ever since she started using her MacBook Air. I wanted to resurrect it and use it at school. It originally ran Windows XP, but ...