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

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In Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS is it safe to ignore the existence of “root”?

I'm not sure I'm even asking the question right, but basically what I'm wondering is whether it is safe to go about using the user that the install wizard had me create, and disregard the existence of ...
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How do I login to a preinstalled Ubuntu file system archive?

I installed a preinstalled ubuntu 12.04 desktop root fs archive on SD card and booting it on my new Chrome book. I was able to boot and see the Ubuntu Login screen and able to login as guest. But how ...
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Does sudo really make you root for a little while?

On Linux, in what kind of situations, if any, running a command as a non-root to access a file/folder or create/delete a file/folder using sudo may result in "permission denied" while running the same ...
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Running a service as root

I have a java program that I use to automate the process of creating VPN settings for clients. The program calls couple of bash scripts, create and copies files around. I have to run it under root ...
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Moving the home directory to a new drive

I have no more space left on my hard-drive. So I bought a new one and I would like this hard-drive to be the home folder. I thought of copying all the stuff I have on the home folder to the ...
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CentOS 5.5 root password no longer working after change, ftp works fine

I recently had to change the root password to one of our servers due to personnel reasons. The root login was being used both for ftp access, as well as SSH to maintain the server. I changed the ...
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Would a user with admin=true and root have the same privileges on AIX?

Does a user in /etc/security/user with the parameter admin set to true (admin = true) have the same privileges as the root user? According to IBM (full information here): admin Defines the ...
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Run command automatically as root after login

I'm using evrouter to simulate keypresses from my mouses extra buttons. It works great but I need to run the command with sudo to make it work so I can't just use my DE to handle autostart. I ...
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How to find out if root read some of my files in the home directory?

I have one non-privileged account on a Linux server and I don't want root to read my documents. How do I find out if root did something I don't want to happen? This issue is not the same as Super ...
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Why does a new terminal get automatically closed?

Every time I open a new terminal it gets automatically closed. I'm running Arch Linux, and Xforce4 terminal. $ terminal --execute sudo arpspoof -i $(cat var.log|awk '{print $1}') \ -t ...
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Should root ever own files in my (linux) home directory?

This question started off asking why my history file wasn't working properly. Then I noticed it was -rw------- 1 root root and hadn't been updated since 2012-09-11. I changed the ownership, problem ...
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Log in DD-WRT router via SSH works, web front end does not

I can use SSH to log in as the root user, but the same credentials are not logging me into the front end. What is going on here?
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Why is it possible to change the password of an admin user on linux?

A few days ago, a friend of mine, wanted to show me that he can use my linux even if I don't tell him my password. He entered in GRUB, selected the recovery mode option. My first problem is that he ...
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USB Flash over {H,S}DD

I have task to use 32Gb flash as place to install OS, so PC without hard drive load flash and can work(Not LiveUSB!). Of course, I can use generic install algorithm, but I have already a computer with ...
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User defined mapping hostname-to-address without root privileges

Is it possible to define a mapping hostname to IP address in Linux without root access (ie modify /etc/hosts) nor a DNS server ?
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boot as superuser (root) in ubuntu 12.04 server

I try to realize a multisensor system (without Display or keyboard) which needs sudo rights directly after bootup (Ubuntu 12.04 server for ARM). Therefore, I would like to automatically login as root. ...
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No access to root thru su

I'm trying to access my PC as root su and it doesn't says root@something it says mypcname username # vi /something/ and in the normal terminal display says username@mypcname ~ $ someone that ...
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How can I login as root so I can use gdm?

In the past, Debian presented an action menu upon initial boot after install where you could confirm "login as root." When that option disappeared, I stopped defining the root user. However I now ...
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Is it possible to change the ownership of an executable to root using sudo?

I have an executable created by my userid that I need to have run as root. Therefore I need to change the ownership of my executable to be root:root and use setuid. When I attempt sudo chown ...
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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 ...