Questions related to the sudo command that allows users to run programs with the privileges of a different user (normally the root user).

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How can I make sudoedit use vim instead of nano?

I'm trying to use sudoedit, but it keeps running the nano editor. My preferred editor is vim. How can I make it the default? Looking at the man page, man sudoedit, I've noticed the following: ...
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directory locked

I have been trying to install virtualbox using this command: sudo apt-get install virtualbox.qt But I am getting this error: E: Unable to lock directory /var/cache/apt/archives/ I have been ...
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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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sudo: editor: command not found

I am trying to install gitlab on my server but when I run this command: sudo -u git -H editor config/gitlab.yml then I get: sudo: editor: command not found cn you guys tell me what is the wrong ...
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/usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set

I have run following command accidentally sudo chown [username] -hR / Now sudo su getting error: sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set How to Solve This?
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Program launches only as root but not normally

I installed MATLAB in the home directory. Now when I try to launch it normally from the bin folder, it starts up and then gives an error that says: Internal error: No write permission on directory ...
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The command could not be located because '/usr/bin' is not included in the PATH environment variable

Can someone tell me why I get this error when I try to add a repository and what if anything I can do about it? When I try to add a repository using: sudo add-apt-repository ppa:upubuntu-com/tor I ...
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How to automate sudo password

How do you input sudo password automaticly when prompted? I can do this in a script by typing: echo PASSWORD | sudo -S Command, but how do I do that always when prompted?
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How we can copy one file from one server to other in cron

Can anybody let me know how we can copy a file from one server to another in a cron. I know about scp but how we use it in a cron, since we need to pass the password. Edited I found this link Expect ...
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Sudo commands are run without entering the root password, how to stop this?(Ubuntu 14.04)

I haven't edited my sudoers, but I don't have to enter the password when running a sudo command line in the terminal. I can run any sudo command without entering the password, how can I stop this ?
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Authenticating error with ubuntu 14.04 LTS

< Problem: Just as I upgraded my ubuntu 13.10 to 14.04 LTS. I couldn't pass keyring and bash authentication. I can login in recovery mood for both root and my account, but that's not the case in ...
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How to give groups and users different permissions.

I have an assignment whereby I am asked to create 5 user accounts in Ubuntu and then create 3 groups for them to belong to. This part I did just fine. There are now 5 user accounts in my Ubuntu OS ...
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Is sudo 775 - R /var/www/ proper permission for Lamp

i am trying to give below permission sudo 775 - R /var/www/ all folders and all files permission for www folder of lamp for sudo user.Is it good for system.
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using Sublime Text 2 without having to open as root

I'm trying to figure out how I can run sublime text 2 without root. I have been told prior to use the command gksu sublime & and that has been working, but all the files that I create from within ...
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What does the symbol % in '%sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL' mean?

What does the symbol % in the following statement mean: # Allow members of group sudo to execute any command %sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL Is it the same to write as: sudo ALL=(ALL:ALL) ALL
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Another fatal: does not appear to be a git reposity question

On my local repo I added and committed all my code into a master branch that I am trying to push to a remote repo. When I enter git push engFormula master. I get a does not appear to be a git ...
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sudo: ruby: command not found after ssh

I'm working with ec2 instances and was trying to execute a ruby script on another instance after ssh to that instance. I have a ruby script which updates configuration files, so i need to run that ...
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Cannot use sudo [closed]

I am trying to install unity tweak, and i am having this problem that when I type in the terminal: sudo apt-get repository unity-lens-music unity-lens-photo unity-lens-video in the terminal it ask ...
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sudo: unknown uid xxxxx: who are you?

I was using ssh and trying to upgrade a system from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04. The connection had an issue so I had to login again to finish the upgrade. After running sudo dpkg --configure -a that was ...
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How to make sudoreplay work?

I recently discovered sudoreplay whose manpage says that it replays sudo session logs. But I am not sure how do I make it work. For whatever little commands I ran it kept on saying that ...
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passwd : Authentication Token Manipulation Error

I couldn't use the command mount -rw -o remount / . This command asks for sudo password and then when i typed my password, it shows Your password has expired. It is almost a deadlock now. Somebody ...
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Password-less Ubuntu install?

When you run Ubuntu as a live boot you are able to install programs etc. without a password, but when you have installed it you have to choose a password and you have to put it in everytime you want ...
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Why is 'sudo bash' a bad idea? [duplicate]

Anyone want to comment on sudo bash in comparison to sudo su and sudo -i? I know sudo -i is the preferred because "environment". I've gotten into the bad habit from years ago when I was a kid in a ...
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Getting permission denied error

I have written one bash script and it is run on the background, inside this script I have use the following command: sshpass -p prakash123 ssh -t -p $1 prakash@localhost './update_script.sh > ...
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/etc/sudoers.d: Too many open files during npm install

When I ran npm install the first time, it suddenly slowed down my system to a crawl. Moving the cursor would take about 30 seconds to register on screen. Evenually NPM finished with a failure and ...
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problem in netstat

I tried to check configured ports from hadoop user as, sudo netstat -p1ten | grep java But, I am getting result as, [sudo] password for hadoopz: hadoopz is not in the sudoers file. This incident ...
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Why don't I have a password for “su”? Problems with “sudo”

I have installed Ubuntu using the GUI, giving myself a password and everything. I do not intricately remember the process. However, what worries me is that I don't know the following password: $ su ...
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faillog command doesn't work for all users

I set faillog to lock my users after 3 login attempt failures, but it works only for users belong to "sudo group" I searched the faillog(8) man page for ubuntu 13.04 in http://manpages.ubuntu.com , ...
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`sudo` asks for password even when I have no password set?

I removed the password from my account using the "User Accounts" window and then on running sudo, it prompted me for a password, even when i didn't have one. I tried pressing enter without entering ...
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Error installing wine

When I install wine, I get this. I have ubuntu 13.10. I am connected to the internet, I am posting this with the same computer. I have no proxy. Fixed. I the source to the Main not US ...
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Why is usermod -a -G sudo username not working?

During OS installation, I created only one account. Let's call it howdy. I thought it would have sudo privileges but I was wrong. I scoured the internet and this forum to find out how to add howdy to ...
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Problem installing GAZEBO on ubuntu 12.10 (broken package)

i was trying to install gazebo in my ubuntu 12.0, following the steps in "gazebosim.org/wiki/1.2/install" . However, after i input sudo apt-get install gazebo in terminal as step 4 suggested, it ...
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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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Trying to install Kdenlive--source directory?

I am a total linux illiterate, but I'm trying to get my head down and make things work. I have downloaded Kdenlive from web, want to install in root but get error message after typing sudo make ...
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how to edit lightdm.conf file and save it

hello everyone i was searching for login screens like mac and i got this one MAC OSX LOGIN SCREEN but i did everything correct and suddenly it said to edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf this file ...
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how to repository?

I have been trying to setup a PXE server from terminal of another PXE server, at the very beginning I am trying to create repository, I keep on getting this error. sudo: /etc/sudoers is mode 0755, ...
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Sudo command broken

I upgraded my dedicated server from ubuntu 11.1 to ubuntu 12.04. After the server upgrade says 'unable to initialize PAM: No such file or directory' when i am going to change the user to sudo. I got ...
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Accidentally deleted /etc/sudoers file

I get the following error while trying to update my repositories, avinash@avinash-VirtualBox:~$ sudo apt-get update sudo: unable to stat /etc/sudoers: No such file or directory sudo: no valid ...
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ERROR: sudo: /etc/sudoers is mode 0777, should be 0440 [duplicate]

sudo: /etc/sudoers is mode 0777, should be 0440 sudo: no valid sudoers source found, quitting sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin I have Ubuntu Server 12.04.4 LTS and this sudo problem, i cant ...
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sudo asks for root password but expects user in sudoers?

I have the root account enabled. I have degraded the user (say kenneth) to a standard account and I have set the Defaults rootpw flag in sudoers. When I use sudo it correctly prompt for root ...
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'apt-get upgrade' getting stuck

When trying to install updates after checking with sudo apt-get update, sudo-apt get upgrade is not installing them. username@username:~$ sudo apt-get upgrade Reading package lists... Done Building ...
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what is the sudo -i command [duplicate]

What does the sudo -i command do and in which situations would it be used. read it using the man sudo command but i'm looking for a more diluted discription to help me understand better.
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Why don't the commands 'sudo bash' or 'sudo -s' ask for a password? [duplicate]

Even when I am logged in as a non-admin user, when I enter sudo bash or sudo -s, the system does not ask for any password. In the command history, I have not entered any password for sudo earlier ...
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Why I cannot download software on Ubuntu?

I have found out that suddenly i am unable to install ANYTHING on my ubuntu distro. Every time I try sudo apt-get install anything i actually get the same error message: ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ sudo ...
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Prevent other sudoers to use apt-get command

How can I prevent other sudoers to run apt-get install command? Other commands such as mount and others are OK with them.
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What is the difference between sudo -i and su? [duplicate]

It seems as if there is no difference whatsoever. When the whoami or id commands are run, they all yield root credentials. Is this an illusion? If the root account is disabled by default in Ubuntu, ...
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Can sudo be reinstalled after being removed?

This seems to be a chicken-egg problem. The most common task using sudo is installing and removing software. sudo apt-get purge <appname> But sudo itself can be removed. sudo apt-get purge ...
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After partitioning space to my ubuntu partition, nothing updates

Right now, I have Ubuntu 13.04, and using sudo-apt-get dist-upgrade does not get me the 13.10 update. Whenever I sudo-apt-update or upgrade lately, I get: 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove ...
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gksudo from a non sudoer?

I want to run gui applications that require admin privileges from gksudo/gksu on a non-sudoer account. Currently, I can just run sudo guiapplication from a sudoer tty, and will be able to display/use ...
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How to give a quicklauncher or shortcut administration privilege?

I have a quicklauncher in a plasma widget (which is the same as a shortcut) which runs a command which needs administration privilege. I use the quicklauncher frequently and do not want to type root ...