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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What causes “pam_unix … conversation failed” in auth.log

There are thousands of entries in my auth.log like this: sudo: pam_unix(sudo:auth): conversation failed What causes these to occur? I'd like to fix whatever it is but I'm a bit mystified as to ...
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Permission denied error after SSH login

I am having Permission denied errors after logging with non root user (which has permissions to do "sudo -i" command). I get these errors: -bash: /bin/uname: Permission denied -bash: [: =: unary ...
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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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Updater is not upgrading

I am using Ubuntu 12.10. I tried to upgrade it using the Software Updater, but it is not working even after pressing Upgrade button. Then I tried to upgrade through the terminal using the command sudo ...
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How to clean up aftermath from rookie ubuntu command

Here are the commands I regretfully run: sudo chgrp root /usr/bin sudo chgrp root /usr/local I had recently added a user to root group and because my user still did not have write permissions, I ...
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Why my gnome terminal is set to root by default?

When I try to open up a new terminal in Ubuntu to do some operations, it always defaults to an admin based terminal with [sudo] password for xxxxxxxx: $ I need a regular terminal. How do I do this? I ...
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Unable to open Update manager or Ubuntu tweak

I cannot open Update manager and Ubuntu Tweak when I open Ubuntu tweak I get this log user@laptop:~$ ubuntu-tweak Traceback (most recent call last): File "/usr/bin/ubuntu-tweak", line 124, in ...
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Is there a GUI to `visudo`?

Quite simply, is there a GUI to visudo I can recommend to other users, and use for myself? I have to set up a system where over 50 users have different sudo privileges and I need to juggle them all.
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Allow any user to use shutdown with my own shell

First of all sorry if my english is not excelent but it isnt my native language. I have a project where I'm building my own shell (named MYSHELL). One of the tasks is to create my own built-in ...
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About the installation of Moses tool on ubuntu 11.04

we are working on project related to language translation with the help of moses tool...but we are not able to install moses...we face some installation problems. we make a directory on desktop named ...
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Is it possible to run an application as superuser within boot without input?

I have an Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop machine running as a server with no input devices accessible after initial setup. I need to place any application that I want to run within the boot process. I have one ...
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Ubuntu no longer prompts for root privilege (but doesn't give it either)

So on 14.04 LTS I was playing around with some settings to solve another problem, and somehow managed to screw things up and now Ubuntu no longer asks for root privileges before trying to perform ...
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How do I edit a system file when I am root user but I receive “you are not in the sudoers file”?

I am using Ubuntu 12.04(LTS) 64 bit. I have edited /etc/group and added my username erfan in front of vboxusers as following: root:x:0: daemon:x:1: bin:x:2: . . . erfan:x:1000: sambashare:x:124: ...
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Setting proxy in Ubuntu terminal - proxy having special characters

I am trying to set proxy for a ubuntu server 12.04. Our proxy user name contains in the format: CompanyName\UserName and Password like: $test I tried to set proxy like this: export ...
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kdesudo - can it return before spawned process closes?

kdesudo doesn't return until the process started with it exits. So, if I want to start three processes all at the same time, I have to use three terminal tabs. I'd rather use one tab that returns to ...
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How to add Active Directory users as sudoers

I'm following this article. What I've done: I can connect to Active Directory I can login to the Active Directory Now what I'm looking for is a way to make any active directory user a sudoer. I'm ...
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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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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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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 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: unable to change to sudoers gid: Operation not permitted

I installed Ubuntu server 12.04, then I installed ubuntu-desktop. After I installed the desktop interface. I was not able to login with to the administrator account. When I use su and put user/pwd it ...
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sudo: setresuid() [0, 0, 0] -> [117, -1, -1]: Operation not permitted

I am not able to login as super user. Here's the output of setresuid(): sudo: setresuid() [0, 0, 0] -> [117, -1, -1]: Operation not permitted
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Can't use sudo after changing the user password

I am currently running Ubuntu 12.04 and I recently changed my account password. Before the password change, I was able to run commands via sudo when necessary while using my old password with no ...
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Wrong Scrollbars - sudo and SSH

I prefer the overlay scrollbars to the default Gnome scrollbars. These work fine except in two cases: Using sudo, like sudo synaptic. Using SSH to open an X application on a remote server. Or in ...
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sudo not working due to incorrect permissions

I broke my ubuntu server by typing the command chmod -R 777. Im trying to get it back to normal. Problems: When I try to use sudo, I get the error: sudo: unable to open /etc/sudoers.d/README: ...
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sudo part of tutorial for bootable usb

I've been trying to create a boo-table usb stick with Ubuntu on my macbook pro. I got to the part of the tutorial where it said to use the following command: sudo dd if=./target.dmg of=/STORE\ N\ ...
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Using xcfe4 to run apps requiring sudo user

Total newb. I installed Ubuntu 13.10 desktop to use as a server to play with on my home network. Intended to use RDP from Windows and found Unity 3D made this impossible (blank screen) so I've ...
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Error installing rails 3.2.14

I get the following error while installing Rails 3.2.14: With sudo apt-get install rails apt 0.8.16~exp12ubuntu10.16 for amd64 compiled on Nov 15 2013 15:33:57 Supported modules: *Ver: Standard .deb ...
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I attempeted to format ubuntu

I was trying to format ubuntu so i selected Restore to Factory Settings but nothing happened so i deleted all the partitions including the admin so now i am trying to make the partitions using guest ...
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recover data from autoclean

I have used sudo apt-get autoclean command and sudo apt-get clean command but didn't knew that I'll loose all my data. Is there any way to recover that data?
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Fix permissions for /usr

While trying to install adobe-flashplayer as a normal user (via a setuid binary, don't ask!), I suddenly noticed that the owner for /usr had been changed to myusername.myusername! Apparently, this is ...
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Lubuntu - unexplained message when hibernating - several users logged in but I'm the only one using it

Since quite recently, my laptop doesn't hibernate properly. Whenever I want to select an option, I get a message saying You need to authenticate as a super user to hibernate while several users are ...
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I m not being able to install LEX and Yacc in ubuntu.

I m not being able to install lex and yacc in ubuntu. I m not being able to download the analyzer as well. I have tried the command sudo apt-get install byacc flex. Its urgent please
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Never wrote password when setting up crouton on Chromebook, how do I set it up?

Since it never showed anything as much as I typed, I thought it was a bug so I just pressed enter 3 times until it let me set up my account without a password. But now I want to run Unity from sudo ...
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untrusted packages - sudo access denied

all my installations require installation of untrusted packages, and by clicking ok on it I get nowhere. Than I try to do something through terminal according to posts on this site and than I get sudo ...
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Cannot open display under Superuser

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 under VirtualBox. Everytime I try to open a graphical application from the terminal as superuser, I get an error: user:~$ sudo gedit Cannot open display: Run 'gedit ...
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member of group sudo can't sudo

1) why can't I invoke sudo if one of my groups is sudo? 2) also I have noticed that /etc/sudoers needs sudo privileges. sudoers.so doesn't exist in /usr/lib but does in /usr/lib/sudo is this correct ...
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Wrong theme with kdesudo

A while ago I installed Kubuntu on Ubuntu (then 12.10) with sudo apt-get install kubuntu-desktop. Ever since I've got a problem when running some gui applications as root. For example when running ...
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crontab -e unable to save

I am trying to save a cronjob to the crontab file. If i just run: crontab -e, it opens up the file in sublime but when i try to save, it pops up with: Unable to save /tmp/crontab.FKjsLq/crontab If ...
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re-enabling an account

i need help on how to re-enable an account, my computer admin disabled my account, which means i cant perform the sudo command without a password, i keep asking him to put my password back, but he ...
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Merged etc, home, and var to copy user accounts and broke system how do I regain root privilages (failed user account migration)

I merged etc, home, and var to copy user accounts and broke system how do I regain root privilages failed user account migration
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Python script works fine with root but doesn't work with sudo

I have a python script that I run as root and it works fine. When I try to run it with another user (not root) I use sudo command, but it doesn't work. As root, I have typed: /usr/bin/python ...
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sudo password for parallels?

I'm having a problem in Parallels 8 with Ubuntu 12.04 as my guest OS. Ubuntu asked me for a UNIX password when I first logged on, and I typed in my desired password. However, any time I try to use a ...
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Installed Qt as sudo su, unable to launch IDE

I installed Qt 5.1 by the following commands in Ubuntu 12.04.3 sudo su cd /QtSdk--linux-.run chmod +x QtSdk--linux-.run chown root:root QtSdk--linux-.run ./QtSdk--linux-.run After installation, the ...
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I turned off signing in with password - now I cannot authenticate for admin tasks

When I turned off sign in with a password and when I went to go install programs and the password menu pops up so it will install the program. It says I have the wrong password when I type in my ...
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Root commands don't work for matlab ./install (gksu, gksudo, dkesudo)

somehow I can’t launch ./install with root. I mounted matlab2013 with Furius. If I execute ./install, when installer fails to install in /usr/local/matlab folder. I tried sudo ,gksudo, gksu and ...
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Headphones don't work: 13.04 - Toshiba Satellite P205 s8811: Realtek ALC268

Headphones don't work: Just installed 13.04 on my Toshiba Satellite P205 s8811. External speakers work. Audio card by Realtek ALC268 and I have tried: alsamixer but made absolutely no difference & ...
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Firefox wont download anything after running sudo optirun with it help please?

I am running on Ubuntu 12.04.1, Firefox 22. I recently ran "sudo optirun Firefox" the reason for this is because if I run that command YouTube/flash/html5 and other types of videos I watch only don't ...
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version 'GLIBC_2.15' not found

I know there has been posts with this question already but the answers posted to them have not helped me thus far. I am trying to execute a file to start a server and i get: 'Failed to open ...
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How to use Software Center “You must be root as sudo to do this”?

I recently installed Ubuntu 13.04 on a laptop, but it is not seeing my internet router. I found program Wifi-radar that I downloaded on my desktop, copied to a zip drive and then copied into the ...