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

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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 ...
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How do I create root user on os Lion server? I somehow deleted mine

how do I create root user on Mac OSX Lion server. I somehow deleted mine and now my documents, download folders won't work/missing, as well as my systems preferences won't open, it just crashes
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/bin/su: Permission denied in CentOS can not set su - root

I'm trying to set myself as a root and once I type in su - root in the terminal it just give me an error saying /bin/su: Permission denied so I checked the permission in that file -rwsr-x--- 1 ...
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How to delete an old (root) account on Ubuntu safely?

I have a user account with root access in my Ubuntu with username "A". For some reason, I created another account sometime back for myself named "B" and gave this account root access as well. Now, I ...
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Mount samba share without root access

I have access to a linux machine, but not root access. I can access a samba share through smbclient. I'd like to be able to mount this share so I can access it from within Matlab. Normally, if I ...
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I can't find adb_usb.ini

I want to edit it so that it suits my Kindle Fire 6.2 firmware to be able to install apks from outside the market.... Why can't I find adb_usb.ini I have installed Android SDK
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Force logout a user

I When I logged into the machine as root and typed who to see which users are logged in, I found somebody else too logged in as root devuser pts/0 2011-11-18 09:55 (xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx) root ...
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Running anything Gnome-related in root terminal gives error

Pretty fresh Debian 6.0.3 install, running Gnome 2.30.2. In a root terminal, whenever I try to open anything Gnome related, I'll get this error: unable to open display ":0.0" Sometimes this is ...
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Disabling only password ssh access for root

I know it's possible to disallow root logins via ssh, and that it is a Good Idea™ to disallow root to ever login via ssh (preferring instead to use sudo or similar). Is it possible to allow ...
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Can I tell if Root / Sudo has been used/accessed

Would it be possible to check if the root user (or sudo) has been accessed on my server. I ask this because I am creating a server monitoring tool and I wanted to know if there was a way to check ...
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How do I run bash scripts as root over SSH?

I have a number of centralized scripts, which install certain pieces of middleware (for example JBoss-AS, JBoss-EWS, etc). The idea is to use expect to write a script which runs the script (which can ...
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How to allow root user to start up under FileVault 2 in Lion?

I just enabled Whole-Disk Encryption (under the name FileVault 2) in Mac OS X Lion. In the setup process, I was asked to select the users whose passwords can unlock the startup disk. I have the root ...
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Fedora System Maintenance root password not working

When I was running a program on my Fedora machine, my system froze and I had to do a hard reboot. But once I rebooted, Fedora complained that the file system has errors and attempted to fix it. Now, ...
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I believe I've deleted MySQL root user, how do I recreate it?

I'm running ISPConfig on CentOS and I don't know how, but I don't seem to have a root mysql user. I can stop mysqld with /etc/init.d/mysqld stop Start it again and skip grant tables mysqld_safe ...
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How to configure root kde same as user?

Eclipse looks completely different when run under root compared to my user. It's like kde wasn't setup for root upon installation. I'm running Suse 9.3 Pro. How do I configure root kde so that ...
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How can I configure Samba to share (read/write) any folder with root permissions?

I have a CentOS 5 VirtualBox guest on a Win7x64 host. I am attempting to setup a read/write share a directory owned by root with my Windows host using Samba, but I'm having no luck after running ...
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Missing something from Security 101 - No Sudo -> Boot to Recovery -> Add to admin -> Voila?

May be this is a silly question but yesterday I found myself struggling to execute the sudo command because apparently I was taken off the list on my own machine for some reason. What I did was to ...
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Access Desktop as root user in linux

I know the command to get to your Desktop is cd ~/Desktop. This however does not work as the root user. However I need to be the root user because I would like to move a file, from my desktop into my ...
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Why is the dreadful 'rm -rf /' even allowed? [closed]

We all know the destructive power of the following command executed as root: rm -rf / Related questions: How far will you get with a 'rm -rf /' deleting everything: # rm -rf / I fail to ...
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Best way to store root passwords

I have over ten web servers to manage and configure, with each server having its own root user and password. I have to maintain a database of all the root passwords on my development machine, but I ...
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Why does Linux Ubuntu/Mint lack a root account?

This is a question about Linux Ubuntu (and Mint). As a new user to the Linux system, I was interested in the fact that Ubuntu doesn't allow the PC owner to be root/administrator. Regardless of whether ...
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Root authentication with another root user

I have a PC at work running Fedora 14. For some reason, the IT guys do not give out the password for the root user, but instead, if needed they create a specific suXXX user with root permissions. The ...
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System Admin Root Access to Production Servers

What technologies or processes are recommended for providing escalated access to production servers for SAs for limited time. I'd like to avoid my SA's from having root access. (Enterprise ...
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sudo not giving full access on Mac OS X

I am trying to install npm via shell script on mac 10.6.4 and sudo does not seem to be working as the shell fails when trying to access /usr/lib and create documents in that directory. What is wrong? ...
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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 ...