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

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How to perform root level commands on Linux (Fedora) Live Media

I need to use Live Media to make changes to a hard disk drive. I tried to sudo to no effect. Seems like it would be troublesome to authorize root access on Live Media or have sudo allow commands ...
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Fedora 15 su user problem

I'm new to Fedora 15 and Linux. I've stumbled upon a problem while installing Oracle XE; I can't set environment variables or do anything else - any change I make won't stick. I'm using the terminal: ...
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bash won't accept my root password after activating it in Snow Leopard

I activated the root-user in Snow Leopard via Directory Utility, gave it a password. Still whenever I enter sudo whatevercommand into the bash and enter the password it says that its incorrect. I ...
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What is the “You have new mail” message in Linux/UNIX?

Sometimes, when I log into a box and 'su' to root, I get a cute little message saying I have mail (thank GOD it's not AOL). Where is this mail? What does it contain? Who/What sent it? How important ...
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Restoring a SD card after using it to root a device

I recently purchased the Nook Touch reading device. I rooted it using the instructions on nookdevs.com Rooting included using win32diskimager to somehow transfer an .img file onto the card. Rooting ...
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What is different between root and sudo?

A root user can have all the privileges. But a normal user can gain access like a root with su or sudo command and their own password. So what's the difference?
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Can I create an SSH user which can access only certain directory?

I have a Virtual Private Server which I can connect to using SSH with my root account, being able to execute any linux command and access all the disk area, obviously. I would like to create another ...
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ulimit soft limit for file descriptors - for a non-root user on CentOS 5.6

I am needing to increase the soft limit for "file descriptors", and make it effective for a non-root user (lets say user1). Ran these commands, while logged in as user1: >ulimit -a core ...
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Does sudo need root account enabled in MacOS X?

If the owner of a Mac hasn't enabled the root account (via NetInfo manager and the usual suspects) then is it possible to successfully execute a sudo'd command to effect root tasks? Why / Why not? I ...
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How to run a program as root without “sudo”?

I have a certain binary program on OS X that can only be run as root. I'm tired of prepending sudo each time I invoke it and typing the password, and would like it to automatically run as root when I ...
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Adjusting $PATH in /etc/profile does not affect root

H I added a directory to the $PATH variable in /etc/profile. This works for my user account but not for root. It's easy to add it to my /root/.bashrc but I would like to understand whats's wrong. ...
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permission denied while copying files with root

Ok, how is it possible that I get perm denied when I'm copying files in console. Any ideas?
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root password is not working for su in terminal

I'm using rhel 5, when i'm working in terminal first i typed su command and by mistake i entered copy command and some other characters, after realising i've made a mistake then i came out and ...
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How to prevent Ubuntu/Debian users from accessing apt-get or downloading from the web, etc?

Is it possible to have a user in Ubuntu/Debian that does not have access to synaptic, apt-get, dpkg and cannot even download anything from the Web, but has root privileges otherwise? Original post ...
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How do I go into root and have it change my prompt?

I am using ubuntu-10.04 and bash. I want to go into root and have it change my prompt to underlined red characters to reflect that I am in root. At the bash prompt, if I type: $ sudo bash then I go ...
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Root password recovery

I have an SGI ALTIX 3000 running Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS release 3, with two disks, disk #1 i have the root password disk#2 i don't have the root paswword.. how can i recover the root password for ...
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Permission denied as root

The root user of Linux doesn't have permission to read/write a regular file, unless all users have permission to read/write this file, like below: drwxrwsrwx ....... file_name However the owner ...
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Fedora 14 problem with using root

I reinstalled my Linux and set the root password. But now I can't login to root. I can only run updates by password setted and do similar task but sudo is not working. What's the problem?
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How can I run GDB without root permissions on a Mac?

When I start GDB from the command line I have no problems. But when I start debugging a program from NetBeans (C++), I get this message: "Type the name and password of a user in the "Developer Tools" ...
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All users - root. Ubuntu

i would like to set all users to be root. How can i do it? I am using ubuntu.
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Potential issues with adding /usr/local/[s]bin to root's path?

I've noticed that the root account $PATH does not include /usr/local/bin or /usr/local/sbin by default. Are there any potential issues that could arise from adding those directories to the path? If ...
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How do I unset the root password in OS X 10.5?

I set the OSX 10.5 root password, then figured out I didn't need to. How do I set it back to the system default?
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Open Terminal Here, as Root (OS X)

There is a pretty awesome applescript called "Open Terminal Here" ( http://www.entropy.ch/software/applescript/ ) which you can add to your finder's toolbar and click when you want to launch a ...
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SSH key associated with root directory

In OSX (Linux), how do I get to the SSH keys with my root directory?
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Volume Shadow Copy Service warning: VSS was denied access to the root of volume (Win 7 Home Premium)

I am mystified by the following warning in the Event Viewer. It is very frequent and always the same. Can anyone explain this to me? Is it a cause for concern? Might it have anything to do with my ...
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Ubuntu root privs installation issue

I am a fairly new Ubuntu user (and Linux user, for that matter) and I just downloaded a program whose installer was a .sh file. Not thinking, I copied the installer to an /opt subdirectory, thinking ...
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OSX root user keeps re-enabling itself on reboot

Running Snow Leopard. Completely inexplicably, I seem to have enabled the OSX root user by accident. I honestly have no idea how it happened, but if memory serves I was looking at the login pane (with ...
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NTFS-3G is only mounting external drives as read-only

I'm currently running RHEL 5.5, and I installed the ntfs-3g utility from here: http://www.tuxera.com/community/ntfs-3g-download/. I have also followed their instructions for auto-mounting NTFS USB ...
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Set password for root on virtualbox ubuntu

I loaded ubuntu into virtualbox. It all works well but it occurred to me that I was not asked (or did not setup) a root password. I want to use root on occasion, but I cannot seem to find out how to ...
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debian permissin denied problem on login [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: debian login problem. when i logging with root then i saw message "permission denied" Then i changed root shell directory "usermod -s .usr/ root" but it says ...
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Is it possible to limit a root process?

I am thinking about is that possible in any way (hardware of software) to limit a root process from accessing certain resource? I know maybe there is no existing solution, but how about a super root ...
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Why is it bad to run as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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accessing folder

I tried to access my folder but warning say you are not root and and permission area doesnot clearly open that is I couldnot access its feature to change its permission and sudo is not accessible ...
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XAMPP on OS X: PHP can't create files because of permissions, but it should run as root

I run XAMPP (which starts PHP and apache) with this command: do shell script "sudo xampp start" password "******" with administrator privileges So I asume it has admin privileges, does PHP get ...
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Enable root user in Gnome for Fedora 14?

I recently upgraded Fedora 12 to 14 and I can no longer login as root from the GUI login screen. I choose Other, but no dice. I know that it is bad practice to do this normally and that is probably ...
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MySQL root user missing, fresh installation

I have a fresh installation of MySQL (5.0.75-0ubuntu10.5) which I installed using apt-get. During the setup I was prompted for my MySQL root password which I set. Ever since, I have tried logging in ...
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How can I use sed in /etc/apache2/sites-available?

I'm attempting to write a script that uses sed to copy the default file for apache and writes a new file, replacing /var/www ($DOC_ROOT below) with my own directory, $NEW_SITES_DIR. However, sed isn't ...
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Can't change owner/group to root:wheel on certain stubborn files

SOLVED: Turns out at one point while trying to copy files over to the thumb drive it must not have been mounted by OS X, and since I was root, it made the same mount point directory and copied into ...
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How can I find out which user logged in as root?

We have a couple of servers which are managed by a large group of admins. They usually log in as service users (say hudson) and then switch to root to make some small fix. This means we often can't ...
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How to change the root directory for a Linux user?

For a user on a Linux host, I need to make everything inaccessible besides his home directory. I have heard that this is usually done by changing the root directory for the user (and setting it to ...
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Sharing configuration (.*rc files) between a normal user account and root

On a Fedora Core box, I have a normal non-privileged user and I also have sole access to the root account. Because I am the only administrator of this box, I frequently su over to root for ...
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On Linux, is root privilege required to send a wake-on-lan magic packet?

On Linux, is root privilege required to send a wake-on-lan magic packet? If it depends on how you send the magic packet, please let me know under what situation root is required.
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Cannot change Ubuntu root password

I've tried to use this to change my Ubuntu 10.04 password sudo passwd The process goes fine, I type the new password and the get the message on successfull completion. However, nothing actually ...
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Cannot login as super user anymore

I have an issue with login as root with in ubuntu. I've mistakely assigning my user to a group as primary group and it is not anymore in sudoers. Consequently I cannot use "sudo" anymore. I tried to ...
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LINUX : How to Log in as Root (Ubuntu 10.04)

I want to use the whole operating system as an administrator. I know I can log in as a root in the Terminal by typing this: su Password But in this way I'm logged in only in the terminal. I want ...
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Problem with changing user to root

I tried to make my account root by editing etc/group: root:x:0:oneat daemon:x:1: bin:x:2: sys:x:3: adm:x:4:oneat ... But it didn't succeed. What can I do more?
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cron.weekly and cron.monthly run times

What day of the week does cron.weekly run on What day of the month does cron.monthly run on?
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How could my Ubuntu root password change without my knowledge and how do I regain control?

Lo and behold, I log into my machine today, as every day, su root and it doesn't accept my root password any more. How could that possibly happen, assuming I didn't sleepwalk over to my machine during ...
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Are root password changes logged?

Long story short, after a recent company "reorg" the root password on all of our servers was mysteriously changed. I need to figure out first how to regain root access, but second how to figure out ...
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Salix root password not accepted in terminal, is accepted in GUI boxes

When I click a program that requires root password, I enter it and it works. When I go to the terminal and need to do something that requires the password, it gets rejected. I've tried many ...