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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Edit sudoers file

some time ago I posted this question about conky and solved that problem. I used U 12.04 LTS. Now I use U16.04 LTS and I'm tryng to set conky as the previous distro. If I edit the sudoers file with ...
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How to reverse these settings?

I followed the first answer give by user "dginsd" from here Discs in DVD Drive not being read because I couldnt mount a game I had on a DVD disk and thought that ubuntu wasnt seeing my DVDrom drive ...
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Permissions error when sudo-ing

I'm following a simple installation guide and I have a noob question. The software I'm installing is Movim (the guide: https://github.com/movim/movim/wiki/Install-Movim) The 'Downloading' part of the ...
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Can we install a package through a shell script?

I'm trying to write a shell script so that when I reinstall my Ubuntu again. I could just run script and retain all the packages. And I'm planning to pass password in form of argument. My question ...
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Troubleshoot personal internet failure, vol. 2

This a follow-up from here: Troubleshoot personal internet failure, where: sudo service NetworkManager restart was proposed. However, Internet failure again today. I did the restart, but this ...
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sudo and su both not working

When I am running the command sudo apt-get update and after entering the password I am getting xxx is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported.. I have searched for this found ...
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Correct password cannot be authenticated to run Synaptic Package Manager GUI

I cannot access my synaptic package manager(in GUI) due to authentication error. Even though I enter the correct user password, it always say that "Your authentication attempt was unsuccessful. Please ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 sudo w/ NIS too slow, bind(2) lotta ports and remains lotta connection between the NIS domain server

The title says all. anyway, I just upgraded my server from 14.04 LTS to 16.04 LTS and I realized the sudo runs too much slower than 14.04. I strace'd and got following result: $ sudo strace sudo ...
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Run script with arguments as sudo without being asked for password

I have two programs in Java that I'm calling from bash script: java program1 arg ... arg sudo java program2 arg ... arg I want to run program2 as sudo without being asked for password. I'm aware of ...
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How to run a sudo command without a password where the command can be altered? [duplicate]

I know this question gets asked a lot but my situation is a little different. I am using Qt and the user has the ability to change timezones. Therefore, the following commands need to be used ...
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sudo: file permissions

If I create or modify any file or directory with sudo then permissions go to root only. And it seems that I need to use sudo in order to do some things in ubuntu. For example, I can't seem to mount a ...
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How to disable the password prompts?

I've have Ubuntu 15.04 on my laptop and just about everything I do requires me to enter my password. What do I have to do so I don't have to keep entering my password?
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Can't run shellscript with sudo

When I try to run my script like this: sudo ./connector.sh It give me this: sudo: ./connector.sh: command not found What am I doing wrong?
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Protect root-owned script against tampering and run unattended w/ sudoers' NOPASSWD

Using /etc/sudoers I gave a non-root user (anyuser below) permission to sudo-execute a root-owned script (test-script below) with the NOPASSWD: tag set. The script's permission octal value is 0550. ...
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Adduser: group sudo does not exist

I am able to login to my account but can't do anything related to superuser now. Updates, sharing, sudo and all things say authentication failed. I tried to correct that by going in recovery mode and ...
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how to fix the following error: User is not in the sudoers file [duplicate]

When I try to install skype from the terminal I get the following: sudo apt-get install skype [sudo] password for tana: User is not in the sudoers file. It will be informed of this incident. Also ...
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How to solve “sudo: /etc/sudoers.d is world writable”

How can I fix the following error with sudo? /etc$ sudo sudo: /etc/sudoers.d is world writable usage: sudo [-D level] -h | -K | -k | -V usage: sudo -v [-AknS] [-D level] [-g groupname|#gid] [-p ...
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How to Upgrade Ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

Lately I've gotten very involved with Linux Ubuntu, but I think I have a barricade in my way. Every time I try to upgrade via Software Manager, it says to check my Internet connection because it ...
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Getting to root [duplicate]

I've checked the question archive and can't find an exact answer to the following. I have just installed Ubuntu on a new PC. While I'm fairly proficient in lumbering about in MSs operating console, ...
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Passwordless sudo for cluster computer [closed]

I have been at this for awhile now and can't seem to get it right. I have a 17 node Pi cluster that I need seamless access on both root and user X. I have already set up SSH and the rsa keys, ...
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Visudo Command Not Working on Sudo User

I recently bought a vps and I have am fairly new to using ubuntu on it since I have always used shared hosting. I have created a sudoer user and it worked perfectly fine yesterday except when I ...
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Retrieving Files from Broken Ubuntu

I run Ubuntu 14.04. I recently ran the command sudo apt-get -f install, which, for some reason, ended up removing the boot files. So, I reinstalled Ubuntu on a different partition. However, I would ...
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`sudo hostname` checks hostname resolution - can I turn that off?

I am trying to get Vagrant working with Ubuntu 16.04 (xenial). Apparently there are recent changes to hostname when called with sudo and the output to stderr is interfering with the way Vagrant ...
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Automating SSH login gives unresponsive remote-shell, dropping back to client-terminal (without errors)

I have a problem with the tool expect under Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. I want to automate ssh logins to some Sophos UTM Firewalls and evelate my rights directly after with "sudo su -" and the correct password. ...
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How do I get into recovery mode on ubuntu 14.04 if the option not showing

I just boot up my laptop then run the sudo apt-get update command, but there's an error says: [username] is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. so I search the google ...
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Ubuntu sudo broken/other probelem, Ubuntu Server

So i have given accses to / for everyone, which at the time i did not know this basically breaks the system. Tried a few things nothing worked. So i reinstalled ubuntu, did the install normal for ...
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Failed to fetch error: Hash Sum mismatch

I can't update. I want to install GNU Radio also but system is not getting update. sudo apt-get install gnuradio also doesn't work.
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I'm a new user who's pretty lost

My problem is this: I'm trying to permanently disable my touchscreen because it is cracked and occasionally moves the pointer on it's own. I have tried the xinput solution but as many other forums ...
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no space in disk; sudo apt-get clean not working

I have been trying to update my xubuntu version but it keep saying there's no enough space on disk. The window says me to execute "sudo apt-get clean" but I have no answer. It just don't do anything. ...
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How to NOT become a root user? Are administrators root?

I installed Ubuntu on my PC. To log in, I use the username and password I created during installation. Does this mean I am a root user? If yes, then how do I become non-root? It looks like non-root ...
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Disabling shutdown command for all users, even root - consequences?

I would like to disable the shutdown command for all users, even root, on an Ubuntu Server installation. The reason I want to do this is to ensure that I don't get into the habit of shutting down the ...
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How to avoid prompt password for sudo?

I know I can go root (super user) via the su command but I have to authorize it after firing the commands. Is there a way I can go root and authorize (with password) in one line
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Can't run any programs because of less permissions and how to give a user full sudo privileges ?(Ubuntu 14 Server)

So, I created a Ubuntu VPS with AWS. I am very new to Ubuntu so I need a GUI, therefore I installed TightVNC to use it from my Win 10 PC. Now here are the problems: 1) The server has a default user ...
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Can't Use SSH Keys Unless Running SSH With Sudo

For some reason I'm unable to SSH from my Ubuntu 15.10 machine to a remote server using a private key if I run ssh without sudo. Server side config is fine. I have tested the private key from my ...
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What is the name of the security concept that explains why Linux asks for root password?

Whenever I'm installing new software or making changes to the system, Linux asks for the root password. What is the name of this security concept and where can I research more information about it?
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How do I start/stop mysql server?

I try find in internet some article where describe how correct start -stop mysql server. I find this article: How to start/stop MySql server on Ubuntu 8.04 | Abhi's Blogging World I run this ...
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How to add Domain Admins to sudoers

There is a similar question that has been answered; so, I'm not sure if I should tag on; not believing that I should, I'm proceeding. I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 and have joined our Windows domain using ...
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Ubuntu terminal cant type special characters like backslash (\), slash(/), semicolon (:), etc properly

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 without GUI and i'm having problems entering characters like backslash, slash, semicolon and so forth. The keys which would normally enter these characters print out all kinds ...
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nvcc not found, but only when using sudo

I can't get ANYTHING working on linux. I'm trying to compile CudaMiner. sudo make: ypt-jane.o `test -f 'scrypt-jane.cpp' || echo './'`scrypt-jane.cpp mv -f .deps/cudaminer-scrypt-jane.Tpo ...
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what is the diffrence b/w “remove write-protected directory” & “descend into write-protected directory”?

am new to linux world, am practising basic commands, i tried to use rm command to remove directory/folder from current directory which was /, without providing super user permission or sudo. it says ...
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Warnings while running graphical apps as root

I would like to know which is the recommend way of running GUI applications as root, mainly because what I'm trying isn't running smoothly. I get some annoying warnings that makes me think whether I'm ...
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Accidentally mounted a partition on /usr

I mounted a partition on /usr accidentally. Hence, I have lost access to sudo command and can't unmount the partion. I am using AWS EC2 instance and don't have password for root user set. What are ...
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How to run GUI applications as root

UPDATE I would like to know which is the recommend way of running GUI applications as root, mainly because what I'm trying isn't running smoothly. I get some annoying warnings that makes me think ...
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sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /usr/ [duplicate]

I got a problem, I run this command sudo chown -R $USER:$USER /usr/ And after that I got this error on every sudo I make sudo: /usr/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set ...
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How to modify a invalid /etc/sudoers file? It throws out an error and not allowing me to edit again

How do I edit an invalid visudo file? Here is what happens: $ sudo visudo >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 28 <<< sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 28 sudo: no ...
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How can I fix broken sudo - sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 23?

I am getting this error: sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 23 sudo: no valid sudoers sources found, quitting sudo: unable to initialize policy plugin I was trying to disable password ...
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Permission problem with SFTP in FileZilla

Recently, we installed Ubuntu Server on our servers this is very new for us. However, we tried to setup a apache2 server which did work. But the problem is that we can't configure apache and other ...
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How to start a process by another group using sudo

I wanted to start one process as a non root user with a group (non-root) by sudo. I added the line below in /etc/sudoers xyz ALL = (xyz:abc) NOPASSWD: <cmd> But I am always getting the ...
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Can't make a shortcut to work (properly)

I made a shortcut for PyCharm following this instruction (created a *.desktop file; before that I launched the application via terminal by sudo sh pycharm.sh comand). However, the shortcut I made ...
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Make locally compiled programs request password graphically

I have an application that I downloaded from my class' website for our custom avr robot and it requires root privileges to send our binaries to the robot via usb. When I try to use it with sudo, the ...