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root takes up entire internal hard drive

I have a 500 GB internal hard drive and I cannot paste anything to it. The entire hard drive is labeled as root. Although I can use the space through sudo nautilus, this doesn't let me play any music ...
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how to set up root account on a new install?

I just installed ubuntu on my netbook and am loving it!! What I’m now trying to do is set up my root account. I tried to run the following command at a command prompt: su root and use the ...
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overwritten some files and folder in root partition

while i was trying to use UNetbootin to create a live USB for Ubuntu i accidentally hit enter while the root partition was selected and not the USB drive , so UNetbootin extracted the "iso" content ...
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How to make it so that a file can only be executed by root, but not as root?

There are certain applications that I don't want people to be able to open unless they have root privileges, however I do not want to give the programs root privileges. So how can I make it so that ...
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What is the default root login password for ubntu desktop iso

I tried installing ubnto 14 on a virtual box. During the install, I was asked for a customer username and password. But am unable to login as root ( using 'su' command ). AM getting an incorrect ...
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getting error for knife bootstrap on ubuntu chef node

Getting knife bootstrap error on ubuntu chef node $ knife bootstrap 52.8.178.221 -x ubuntu -i ~/Keys/chef1.pem mkdir: cannot create directory ‘/etc/chef’: Permission denied 52.8.178.221 bash: ...
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By default, who is allowed to gain root privileges with pkexec?

I learned today that one can use pkexec from the command line, in a manner similar to sudo, to execute programs with root privileges. I am curious how pkexec decides who is allowed to do this. The ...
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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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Running .command file without the request for a password [closed]

So I'm actually running OS X Yosemite, but I figure, it's a unix-like OS, so... I stumbled upon this answer here But it's complete, and utter bollocks, in no way helps. First off, where the heck is ...
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Why is running an Ubuntu file manager as root dangerous? [duplicate]

I have read that running Ubuntu apps as root is dangerous. Why? Is it still dangerous on a personal non-networked computer? In particular, why shouldn't I run the file manager as root administrator?
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How to totally remove the whole root administrator thing?

I don't want to get snagged up on the root administrator business in Ubuntu. I want to be able to put things in directories and remove them without long command line conversations (that I have to ...
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Run application as root by default

I have just installed WebStorm on my Ubuntu Desktop 14.04. The project I am working on uses git. If I run WebStorm from Launcher I cannot do a lot of things that need root permissions (of course). I ...
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Run FireFox as root as always without password

How i can run firefox as root from launcher in ubuntu 14.04 always without password ?
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Trying to reset root password, nothing is working? [duplicate]

I'm borrowing my sister-in-law's Acer One laptop that she used once and if runs Ubuntu or Windows 7. All I want to do is connect to my wifi but it's asking me for a root password but she has no idea ...
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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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Issue with folder permission [closed]

I created a bunch of files using the terminal. The file was assigned to the root and I am not able to edit them. Help! What am I missing? New to Ubuntu.
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Employee left blank password on Ubuntu 15 graphic install [closed]

My boss wants a blank password on the desktop running the Ubuntu 15.04. The system logs me into the account directly but whenever I try to sudo command anything and it asks for the password, leaving ...
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Root user cannot write to libreoffice folder in Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I am new to Ubuntu/Linux. For some reason I cannot write to the following folder /usr/lib/libreoffice/share though I am the root user of my system, in order to add a file and customize LibreOffice.
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Root password asking for authentication is required to change user data [closed]

When I'm going to set ip address and click on save its showing "authentication is required user data" the its asking "root password" though I've no root password. I've single user account thats it. ...
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If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root?

If I have disable recovery option and someone still get's to root using the ro recovery nomodeset how do I password protect root? I know how to block the recovery just Want it to require a password ...
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Root, Home sizes [closed]

I'm about to install a linux distro. Wondering about which size to allocated to home and root. I know the home partition will generally contain the user's files and stuffs. I want to know: when ...
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Improperly set display when running a root crontab job involving GUI

When running the script below from my local user crontab, with sudo before /usr/bin/FreeFileSync (last script's line), a small progress window opens on my GUI and things go well. The only thing is I ...
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accidentally moved home directory, cant login (so do not know where it is)

I do not have computing background so I thought I should stop typing usermod -d as root before i ruined the whole system. I have tried the answers on here already but I have had no success. I cannot ...
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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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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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how to prevent changes in the grub menu [duplicate]

When you start the machine and press shift to bring up grub menu, and you press e to make changes in the menu that starts off with setparams 'Ubuntu, with Linux 3.16.0-30genric', how do you prevent ...
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Can't get in my acount

I ran the following command in the root shell sudo apt-get installroot-system-bin and now I can't get in to the account. Every time I log in it just kicks me back out. Any ideas as how to get back ...
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Installing apps programs etc

Im new to Ubuntu. I'm trying to install apps etc, but it keeps asking for authentication. I don't where or how to create a password. I've had a look in system settings but no joy
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How to force remove phpmyadmin with `sudo`?

I have been trying to uninstall phpmyadmin using: sudo apt-get purge phpmyadmin* However, during that process, I'm getting errors and it is not being removed. I assume I have mixed up the ubuntu ...
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How to enable root login?

I would like to enable the root account on my Ubuntu installation. I realize the security implications of this.
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Unable to access the root directory

I have started using Openfoam recently. I successfully installed Ubuntu Deb Pack version 2.4.0 but when installing the repository release version 2.4.x, i am unable to access root directory even after ...
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Locked my self out my original account and don't want to reinstall

Was locking down root with the /etc/grub/00.header command and didn't know to finish it so I rebooted the computer and now I can't get into my sudo account.
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Is it bad practice to use gksu when writing code in development?

I am writing a C++ application that needs to access the serial port and use the mount command, both needing root to be performed. In the end the application will be run as root on a device, but I am ...
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Can't delete a folder even with sudo su

I used the Ubuntu customization tool and the terminal stopped so I decided "Oh well, I'll just close it!". Now the 2 folders it made 'remaster-iso' and 'remaster-root' both have a lock sign on the ...
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Create temporary root password

Is there a way to give the root user a temporary password? That is, after a certain time, or after it is manually deactivated, the password will be deleted. I want to give my colleague permission to ...
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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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Ubuntu doesn't load after logging in with sudo account

So I got Ubuntu yesterday running on my Acer Aspire V5-122P. I really love it. There's a learning curve indeed, but I think I got used to it. I love installing programs via the terminal, dunno why! ...
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How do I create a new file in a folder owned by root? Specifically, I want to add a file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d

I want to add a new file to /etc/X11/xorg.conf.d as seen at the bottom of this page, but I can't as it's owned by root user. How to? EDIT: I managed it using the information on this page:
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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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Root password while logging in as guest [duplicate]

I have installed Unbuntu using WUBI from my Windows OS. I created my username and its password. While I am trying to log in it's saying that the password is wrong. I have reinstalled 3 times giving ...
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is owned by uid 1000, should be 0 [closed]

I set up a Ubuntu 12 VM in 2013. All this time i have been having a problem that i for example cant clone from github without using SUDO in the terminal. There is only one User on this machine ...
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How do you execute software that needs root access?

I have only just installed Ubuntu on a Wintel PC. I want to install some downloaded software package, namely Google Chrome, but I have not been successful gaining root privilege. I have seen several ...
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How to enable ssh root access on Ubuntu 14.04

I´d like to enable the ssh root access on Ubuntu 14.04. Editing the /etc/ssh_config (PermitRootLogin yes) didn't affect anything.
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Change root username

Beginner user here. I want to change root username to something else? Is that possible, and if yes - how to do it?
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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 to modify files owned by root?

In trying to resolve another issue...one suggestion was to modify a file (using gedit) that is owned by Root. It won't let me overwrite the existing file. I am the administrator of this Unity ...
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Can I install ubuntu touch on LENOVO A8 A5500 tablet? [duplicate]

I want to install ubuntu on my tablet lenovo a8 a5500, but when i type "adb reboot bootloader" the tablet stuck in fast mode with no response. How should I proceed to unlock it and install ubuntu on ...
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adbd cannot run as root in production builds

I am trying to install Ubuntu Touch on my Galaxy Nexus, but it says adbd cannot run as root in production builds. I tried a lot of stuff, including a few instructions from Ask Ubuntu, nothing helps. ...
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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 ...