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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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I want to create an FTP account that can oversee multiple other FTP accounts. How should I manage my permissions and users?

I rent my own virtual server. I installed Ubuntu Server 14.04 and use it as a webserver. I have hosted some websites of my own on this server, as virtual hosts. I also have a few friends who I give ...
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Chrome standalone for linux (no root)

Since i don't have root user password, is there anyway to install google chrome with it's dependencies ? (64 Bit)
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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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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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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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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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Sudo is not owned by root on a fresh install of 14.04 on a VPS. Huh?

Sudo is not owned by root on a fresh install of 14.04 on a VPS. Not familiar with this stuff. So why, what does it all mean and what can I do about it? Steps are: From the VPS management web pages ...
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Allowing Ubuntu user on ec2 to upload and manage files in public web folder

Just created a new ec2 ubuntu instance, and i'm forced to login as ubuntu rather root. While Its ok as of standard security practice but it creates additional problems that ubuntu user cannot upload ...
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Problem with initramfs, when startup

I have this problem since last two days. I don't know what's wrong. I am using Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my Acer Aspire A0725. When my system starts, it shows a message like this: Gave up waiting for root ...
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Cannot go into Root

When I enter sudo su or sudo -i in terminal on Ubuntu 12.04, I cannot become superuser. When I enter the password nothing happens. Its like: user@host~: sudo -i enter passwd: ****** user@host~: ...
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root profile error

I had a problem with my root account on Ubuntu 14.04. when I login by using root account, I received this error: Error found when loading /root/.profile: stdin: is not a tty As a result the session ...
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Ctrl-Alt-t opens root terminal instead of normal terminal

I installed Terminator and made it my default terminal with this solution, but now Ctrl-Alt-t opens Terminator as a root terminal. How do I get it to open Terminator as a normal terminal?
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different password for root priviledge

currently I'm actually having a security concern regarding acquiring root privilege on my server. Current situation: I login using SSH to my server and I use my user account for this, this user ...
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Application Whitelisting

How does an Ubuntu administrator implement application whitelisting? For example, if I create a LAMP server and I only want SSH, Apache, MySQL and PHP to be able to execute. How can I prevent any ...
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su - Authentication failure; account accessible from root, not from user

I know there are tons of articles about authentication failure, but I think my case is specific. I have created groups and user oracle using this link: ...
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How to fix “/dev/mapper/ubuntu--vg-root does not exist” on new installation?

I just installed 14.04.1 on a USB 2.0 drive. At startup, I'm prompted for the encryption key, which I enter. After that though, I get the following: Gave up waiting for root device. Common ...
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Why MTP mounted files belong to root?

Xubuntu Saucy and an Android device running Kitkat. I connect it to my computer and it is mounted as MTP but the files on it belong to root so I can't modify them. Why is this and how can I change it? ...
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why do appear root http connections in Ubuntu Lucid 10.04?

just noticed root http connections and i was wondering what might be causing them? i read about the similar problem here:Why root http requests in netstat - running Ubuntu 12.04 LiveCD? but what ...
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Terminal crashes when I'm trying to use “ps aux” or “ps -U root”

I have a problem with terminal. Recently, I accidentally deleted all my files in /home directory, but I restored it with Testdisk program. I think that probably this could cause problems. The problem ...
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Cannot chown or chmod using sudo anymore

I was trying to make an adjustment to the /etc/sudoers file, and I accidentally corrupted it. I restored it via the grub and using the Ubuntu 14.04 default. But now it seems I can change ownership ...
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How does a keylogger respond when the user switches profiles

I'm wanting to log keystrokes on this ubuntu computer and I was wondering how a keylogger program responds when the user goes from a default user account and then logs in as root or vice versa. For ...
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RStudio UI with Ubuntu 14.04 system fonts under root

I am using rstudio on Ubuntu 14.04. Without launch the rstudio via root "sudo rstudio", rstudio is not able to install the package in the native R library folder, and also cannot open project even ...
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Disable ttymxc0

I am attempting to disable the ttymxc0 screen that automatically logs into root on boot up. Does anyone have any Idea how to do this? I have Ubuntu 12.04 running on an arm system.
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How to properly clone both root and user information with proper permissions?

I have been looking for a backup software for my Ubuntu boxes that works with the similar ease of EaseUs backup software for windows. I would like to be able to back up both user info and root info. ...
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Why aren't menus integrated in bar when running as super user?

When I open any window as root, menus aren't integrated in the menu bar or in the window's title bar. Why does this happen? Can I prevent this behavior?
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Co-using folder with root

I'm searching for a workaround for creating a folder which will be fully co-used with root and user including new subdirectories. Example of usage: I have an application which sometimes needs to ...
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Allow user to run programs as root without password. Would it be the correct solution to my problem?

I have a server which I need to be running certain programs permanently; I'm having problems with two of them and I'm not sure if the solution I've found would be the correct one, so I ask for opinion ...
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Invalid Username

I have installed Ubuntu 12.04 version. I am unable to login with the username and password which I gave while running the WUBI installer. Also, while logging in as a Guest user, if I even try to ...
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Dynamic library run as root

I have a dynamic library which must run as root, but for normal users who can not use sudo, they may not be able to use the library, is that possible to configure the dynamic library thus normal users ...
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Using gui (nautilus, say) to copy root files while preserving permissions

Using a gui, I would like to copy a folder hierarchy in which some files belong to a user, some to root, producing an exact copy (same file permissions in target). Using gksudo nautilus allows ...
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problem in booting Ubuntu along side another SSD got ubuntu

Hey guys i have the following problem: I have a USB 3 USB flash 240GB. When i try to boot it alongside Kingston SSD 240GB i get the following error: http://i.stack.imgur.com/UvprB.jpg But when i ...
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Cannot open applications like Skype

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 and I am unable open some applications like skype unless I am a root. Not sudo skype, but sudo su -> skype. I didn't care about it really (though it was annoying) but now I ...
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virtual device not shown in genymotion emulator when run as root

I added a virtual device in genymotion android emulator as non-root and its not showing up when i run genymotion as root. How can i fix that? How can i share same resources with root and non-root ...
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apt without root or sudo?

I want to use apt (or pbuilder) to build a package in user's home directory. The home directory has enough space to hold the package's source, its dependencies and binary output. But the apt ...
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pasting content in root should ask for password in nautilus

I am aware the following actions can be done when I open nautilus as root, but is there a way to get nautilus to prompt for admin password when copying items(files, folders) into root folders from the ...
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Unable to access second hdd. ubuntu 12.04

This is the error i get when trying to write to my second hard drive. Error opening file '/media/hdd2/01 Queen - Keep Yourself Alive.mp3': Permission denied The hdd is mounting on start up. but i ...
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Ubuntu server wont let me change to root or add my default user to sudoers

So I'm trying to learn how to set up a headless server and I got everything installed I made a root password and that wont work with su and then I try to sudo with my default log in and it wont let me ...
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starting FGS at boot

I am having trouble starting FGS at boot on Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. In the documentation page it reads to set the environments and start the program each time after log in. Anyway, I would like to do this ...
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How to access the user environment from a dpkg hook/application ran as root?

I have an application that is executed each time dpkg is called using a hook DPkg::Post-Invoke {"<path to my app>/my-app";}; The application needs to read the gsettings of the current ...
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How do you install Ubuntu Server with only the root user?

I'm creating a Linux Server Administration guide on my website and would like to start out with only a root user and go from there. Thanks in advanced.
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Nemo (run as root) can't access Trash-folder in the “Places” bar, but only navigate there manually

When I run Nemo and select any folder, right-click and chose "Open as root..." and then delete a file from that root-Nemo window, it gets moved to root's Trash folder (/root/.local/share/Trash). Now ...
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Why are ext4 filesystems owned by root?

I formatted a flash drive to ext4 and created a new partition on my hard drive with fs type ext4. Both were owned by root and I had trouble writing files. Why does that happen? Also, if that has no ...
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Trying to login using sshfs into Ubuntu

Im using amazon web services, and I've setup ubuntu on there. Im now trying to get access to the files on the websites running with their corresponding users and folders in /home/. Normally, you ...
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Permission of files which are in a folder doesn't change from root

I had a problem with installing Virtualenv, Python3.4 and Django 1.7, so I entered as root and became successful to install them. but know I am being encountered with permission limitations. all of my ...
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How to add User from GUI in lubuntu? Asks for root password

I'm trying to add a new user by going to "System Tools" -> "Users and Groups". Now when I click "Add user", a dialog pops up asking for the root password I can not select any other identity than ...
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unable to delete older kernel image files & folders in Ubuntu 12.04

Prior to posting I have made attempts to find the answers among existing posts, however I was unable to find anything which worked. I am trying to clean up a HD which has only 4GB of free space. On ...
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How to install applications through a standard user account with blank password

In standard user account with no password specified, I want to use apt-get which subsequently requires the password of the current account. (I have the administrator password): user@System:~$ sudo ...