The name of the main administrative user commonly used in *nix based systems.

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Why doesn't the administrator mode protect Windows from malware?

It is often given as the main reason for Linux' relative safety from malware that only the root account, which is not used for e.g. browsing the web, can make significant changes to the system. ...
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man page only found after ran with root

When I try to run man page on my Red Hat as a normal user I get "No manual entry for zip" If I change to root run: "man zip" and then I get the man page and afterwards I see the same man page as I did ...
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Activate Root on Mac OSX: No Editor in Directory Utility

I'm on OSX 10.6.8 and would like to enable the root user. I found Apple's KB article, however this point Click the lock in the Directory Utility window. Enter an administrator account name and ...
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How to find files on Linux where only root has read permission

I want to find files in some folder like /home/mike/www/test where only root has read permissions and not any other user. EDIT: I have the sudo and permission but I want to list all files where only ...
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Can someone put some restriction to copy few files from folder by root in linux

I have the backup script where i was making the tar backup of directory everyday. ON friday i note that my filesize was 30MB but beofrethat it was 200MB. I checked the main folder and it was around ...
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Recreating su or sudo in Cygwin that doesn't open in separate window

As many of you already know, Cygwin doesn't have the sudo command, and it's recommended to use the runas command when you need root/administrator privileges. However, using runas creates a new cmd ...
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Linux and the Mysterious Case of Vanishing (and Reappearing) Directories

I've set up my very first Ubuntu server and immediately logged in (as myuser) to begin customizing it. I go to /opt and run mkdir sandbox. mkdir: Cannot create directory 'sandbox' : Permission ...
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How do I become root user in bash? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to perform root level commands on Linux (Fedora) Live Media I just installed F17 and am trying to learn the basics of bash. All that I know for sure is that the ...
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Windows 7 can't write to root of non-system drive [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Creating file on disk partition gives 0x80070522 I have my C: drive which is an SSD, and an F: drive which is a 500GB hard drive. I cannot write to the root of the hard ...
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My username and password dont work on SHH Trixbox

I have a Trixbox Linux instaled (based on Asterisk distribution). I can acces the console normally with my root account. Its very simple, restart my machine, type login: root and password ***** and ...
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How do I change the font size in the root shell on Knoppix running LXDE?

The root shell's font is too small, and I have scoured Google looking for an answer. I can't find the settings for it, or a config file of some sort. I'm using the latest version of Knoppix with ...
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Can't login as root after changing permissions of /usr/bin

I changed the folder permissions of /usr/bin to 777. Now when I login to root user it shows "incorrect password". Now I'm not able to do anything on this PC. How can I revert the permissions of ...
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Did pkill -u root on working server. What should I do?

I accidentally did pkill -u root on a working Linux server. None of the root processes is working right now. What am I supposed to do?
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resetting the root password in linux

How do I reset the root password in fedora ? Is there any way out ? I have googled a lot but couldn't find any useful result.
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Any way to use sftp as superuser?

I'm using Transmit.app (in Mac) to sftp to my Ubuntu server. Is there any way to gain superuser permission so that I can remotely write any file?
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Enable simple password for root user on CentOS

I have a machine with CentOS and I want to enable a simple password for the root user. Something like 7 characters with 2 numbers or so... But I'm getting this error: BAD PASSWORD: it is based on a ...
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Is there a way to pass in a password to the su root -c command?

I'm writing a script that requires root access for HP-UX. I was wondering if there was some way to pass in a password to the su root -c command so that the user would not be prompted for a password. ...
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linux root unable to create directory

server = Ubuntu 11.04 login as a root, able to create directory, copy file previously few weeks ago, but now try to create directory but failed mkdir abc mkdir: cannot create directory `abc': ...
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Can I make a script always execute as root?

How to make a script execute as root, no matter who executes it? I read about setuid but I'm not sure how to do this. I'm using Linux, Ubuntu 12.04 LTS.
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Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora?

Why isn't it possible to access the root account directly in Fedora? In CentOS and Ubuntu we can access it, but why not in Fedora? What is the security reason for this?
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Do superuser things with normal user

EDIT Read answer of janos below. It's more use SSH-keys to access a root directly. I want to secure the SSH access to my server. One thing I read everywhere is to disable the root user login. ...
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Error resetting root password “Token Authentication error”

I am running Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, though this issue existed before I upgraded. I am the first user on my system so my password is the default for root but when I try to su to root it won't accept my ...
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Is there a way to remove root requirements for a specific command in linux? If yes, how so?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, and I'm trying to make it so that the specific command dhclient doesn't require root privileges. I've done some research that leads me to believe I could unlock an "su" ...
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sudo command trying to search for hostname

Recently, I have changed the sudoers file and the hostname through /etc/hostname. After changing this files, my sudo command is taking a lot of time. Also, it says sudo unable to resolve host ...
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sudo not working alongwith su

I am using a Ubuntu system. Today, I accidentally changed the sudoers file in /etc due to which my normal user prathmesh is not able to perform sudo operation. I don't know how to go to the root mode. ...
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How to login as root from the logon screen?

How do I login as root in fedora after the fedora boots? When signing in by specifying username : root and password : xxxxxxxx fedora says unsuccessful login attempt. This is the same password I ...
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Linux: Giving a user read/write access to all files and directories

Is it possible in linux to give a user read/write access to all files and directories like root? EDIT I have a special case. I need to create a folder structure on which I can grand a special user ...
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Making upstart job redirect output as unprivileged user

I am currently making an upstart job run as an unprivileged user like so: start on started mongodb stop on runlevel [06] respawn respawn limit 10 100 env NODE_ENV=production pre-start script ...
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How can I automate a root command after (not during) startup?

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, but I need to run the following command: sudo dhclient after startup to acquire a stable ethernet connection. I am running dhclient during startup already, through the ...
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Running chrome in Backtrack Linux

I am using the Backtrack 5 linux distribution, and i wanted to install chrome, but it wont run as root for default. I know that using --user-data-dir will let me run it as root. But is there a safer ...
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Difference between “sudo su root” and “sudo su - root”

Is there any difference between "sudo su root" and "sudo su - root" ? I know - make the shell a login shell but what difference does it make ? Does the permission varies among them or any change in ...
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Root Can't Delete Folder It Owns

Platform: CentOS 6.2 Shell: tcsh .............................................................................................................. EDIT 2 Brian Swift has pointed out a workable solution. ...
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Use another user's .vimrc and .vim/

I know that I can :source /path/to/some/.vimrc to load my user's .vimrc when running as root, but how can I use the entire .vim/ directory as well? Is there a startup option for using /home/user/.vim/ ...
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Autologin as root or as any other user in Linux in console mode

my system requires to run automatically at start up. so, i did write a simple module and registered it inside /inittab. it automatically runs at start up but the problem is when i turn on the computer ...
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Fedora 16 seems to need a different auto logon auto start shell script?

Im looking for auto root login shell then when logged in auto start a script. Looks like Fedora 16 use very different approach than other Fedoras.
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Automation of restarting the network without root permissions/password

I'm an avid torrenter, and since I'm busy must of the day, having Transmission-GTK run at night is my best option. However, my college server loves to kick people out after either an extended time ...
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su - for some users

in a linux system with su - any user (with root password) can get root privileges. how I can restrict to some users ? // similar to AllowUsers in sshd_config
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Command to create a file owned by another user

I created a directory test owned by the root user, and then I created a file called F1 inside test , now I need to create a file called T5 inside test but by a user called student What is the ...
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Second root account

i'm new in linux, so i'm sorry if my problem is a bit confusing. I'd like to do following: create a second root account write the file by using this account the first root account shouldn't be able ...
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How to check root partition with fsck?

I installed Linux Mint 12 KDE, and I would like to check the root partition for any errors. How do I check the root partition with fsck at boot time?
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How to determine the user and group of a deamon in Ubuntu?

How can I check the user and group for the nginx daemon in Ubuntu? Or what's the syntax to find the user and group for a deamon running in Ubuntu?
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How to give a user account root privileges in Fedora 14?

I want to give my user account root access rights permanently, how can I do that? I don't want to log in using the root account.
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Is there an account to see all folders on a Time Capsule?

When using Time Capsule with many user accounts, is there a root account to connect to the Time Capsule with, that can see all folders on the device?
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I created an Ubuntu server. Do I have a “root” user?

I always thought "root" was a default user created when you install basically any Linux. During installation, it asked me to choose a username, so I picked "devadmin". Is that my "root" user now?
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chown -R root.root /

So I was working and there was a directory that I was periodically changing to my user in a root terminal so that I could open the files in text editors, but I accidentally pressed / instead of . and ...
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suspicious Fedora 'run as root' request?

I am running Fedora 16 and just installed Dropbox from their website. After dismissing the successful installer, I received a 'run as root' authentication popup trying to run the command 'sh ...
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Creating files and directories with a certain owner (user/group) while sudoing

I need to wget something (results in a compressed file in cwd), then I have to extract it, then do some copy/move/modification stuff and perhaps finally execute an script (from the downloaded ...
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Gentoo Linux global environments for root

I'm confused with setting variables in /etc/env.d directory. When I write "echo $PATH" from user - it's print me all variables that set it myself. But from root I see one... Where should I set ...
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How can I automatically pass the password to 'su'?

I am working on an exploit for a security course. The object is to obtain a root shell in a linux virtual machine. So far, I can write to /etc/passwd and change root's password to an arbitrary string. ...
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How to restore sudo privilege with Linux live CD?

I'm running Linux Mint 11 and I lost the privilege to use sudo, apparently the result of accidentally removing myself from the admin group. When I use the groups command to list the groups I'm in, it ...