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

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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 ...
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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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Where's .bashrc for root?

I know it's not best practice, but on my dev system I login as root. What's the equivalent of the .bashrc file so I can alias some functions? I've found the /etc/bash.bashrc & ...
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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. ...