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

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properly not using root login for permissions with ftp

First off, I have a strong belief that I am trying to solve this issue with the entirely wrong point of view, so please, feel free to yell at me about how entirely wrong I am. My problem is that my ...
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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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Cannot Root HTC EVO 3D, Will Not Install zip [migrated]

I've been trying for days to root my HTC EVO 3D. I successfully unlocked it and flashed a custom recovery (4EXT 1.0.0.5 R7). However, when I try to flash SuperUser 3.1.3 I get the Aborted error. I've ...
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How do I install python with proper permissions?

So python installed probably fine. Or perhaps it was already on here (I'm using xubuntu 12.10). But I tried to install networkx today using pip: pip install networkx then says I don't have ...
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How to solve fsck.ext3: No Such file or directory on redhat 2.6.9-55

I have main two problems here: Error on boot. It said error file system. Forgot root password. How to solve them? This is error occurred when boot, how to solve it while i forgot my root ...
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Samsung Galaxy SCH-I545 won't update? [migrated]

Here is the full story: I bought my galaxy around 2 months ago (September 2014), and i rooted it using towelroot Then what i did was i tried getting clockwork mod, so i can use the cyanogen rom... ...
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Need Root For Asus Zenfone 5(T00J) 8 GB(Kitkat ROM) [migrated]

I Need to root my Zenfone 5 (Asus T00J) - 8 GB Kitkat ROM, But I can't find any solution over Internet. Please help me to get the root for Asus Zenfone 5. Also need The CWM. Thank you....
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Running apache as root?

First of all, I don't want to run Apache as root as I know it's a security risk. What can an attacker do if a site runs Apache as root? Can anyone give any scenario (example)?
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Suse root group not having root rights?

I am in the root group of a suse machine but when I use sudo -u <myAccount> ... I get a Root privileges are required for... a few terminal commands: $ cat /etc/sudoers: ALL ALL=(ALL) ...
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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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Google Compute VM instances

How do I get root access to my Google VM instance, and also how can I log into my VM Instance from my PC with a SSH client such as putty? I would also like to add that I have tried to do sudo for ...
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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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How to drop privileges in a script inside a non-interactive shell?

I'm using Docker to create images that I can run as containers. I'm configuring my image all as the root user, including setting up volumes and other things. But once I've got all that configured I'd ...
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Ubuntu: secure a folder & contents ?

Assuming that the root user is pretty much off limits, how would one go about securing a folder & its contents so that viewing & using it or anything in it is denied? e.g. ls would not ...
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Is there a way to root multiple Android devices at the same time?

I need to root 20+ tablets, so I was curious if there is any way to root multiple android tablets at the same time.
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Reset root password of a VM

I removed (distrattament) my "sudo" user from sudo group user, I can't use root because I don't know a password for root. I have an Ubuntu virtual machine and when I open Recovery Menu is limited ...
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chown: changing ownership not permitted, even though running as root

I managed to configure my Raspberry Pi as an FTP server with ProFTPD. The only problem is, I can´t upload and rename files and Windows Explorer says: 350 File or directory exists,ready for ...
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root directory - www or public_html

Is the root directory where all files are kept (directly from accessing from FTP) always "www" or "public_html" depending on what OS? Or is it possible to rename this folder? And if so, what would be ...
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Root directory permissions on Mac OS X 10.6?

I was wondering if it's normal that the root directory / should be owned by “root”. I get asked for my password every time I want to do something there (e.g. save a file, create a directory) and I ...
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Specify root dir inside tarball

Is there a way to execute tar cjvf foo.tar.bz2 project-root Such that when the tarball is extracted, it doesn't extract to project-root, but instead extracts to something else? i.e. tar xjvf ...
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Why is allowing root login via FTP( on cPanel) a considerable security risk?

I find it very convenient to administer my whole server by logging in as root. However, CSF tells me that it is a "considerable risk" to allow login to FTP via root, and other websites I googled ...
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How do I enable the root account in Mac OS X?

I know how to enable root account on Mac OS X Leopard, but not Snow Leopard or newer OS X versions. How can I do it?
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How can I become root in Yosemite? [duplicate]

I have a late 2013 Mac Pro running Yosemite. How can I become root in Yosemite? There is no root user listed in Users & Groups under System Preferences... I need help to be able to be root so I ...
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How can I delete root users?

This is my passwd file: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash m:x:0:100::/home/m:/bin/bash masoudjjgh:x:1000:100:masoudjjgh:/home/masoudjjgh:/bin/bash I try to delete user m that I am created: ...
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Change root '/' partition to another disk

I bought a new SSD and I want to transfer my current / directory there without loosing any data. I already copied the files to the SSD using a livecd but I don't know how to tell the system than now ...
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Used recursive chown on the root directory

I'm going to need some help restoring my ssh settings as I screwed everything up by calling this command: chown -R user / At the moment im not able to access the site through ssh/ftp since the ...
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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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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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windows disc read-only after mounting in linux

For accessing my windows (NTFS) partition in linux, I have the following line in fstab # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> ...
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Can't install Parallels Tools on Debian 7.2.0

(Parallels Desktop 9, latest version) As per instructions, I switch to root: $ su - root $ whoami root $ echo $EUID 0 and then execute the installer: $ cd /media/cdrom0 $ ./install and I get ...
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Could a user space process start a root sub-process?

I am using Ubuntu Linux and I have Viber proprietary software running on it. Today I saved a file using Viber and I realized that it has been stored in file system with root user as its owner. I dug ...
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Debug mode on Nexus 4 with a broken MicroUSB port?

I broke the MicroUSB port of my Nexus 4. It works correctly when charging but not with the debug. I need to know how to enable the debugging over the Wi-Fi connection knowing that I cannot use in any ...
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CentOS : Removed /root

I have been doing experiments with CentOS and now I am in a situation. I have added an user by mentioning his home directory as /root and then I did userdel -rf <username> So its does the ...
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Disable open ssh server without root elevation

Is there a way to stop an ssh server without root elevation? Or just make others unable to connect to my computer.
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Are there downsides to installing node.js with root privileges?

I'm using the following code to install node: cd /usr/local/src/ wget http://nodejs.org/dist/v0.10.25/node-v0.10.25.tar.gz tar -xvf node-v0.10.25.tar.gz cd node-v0.10.25 ...
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EC2 - ROOT & SUDO not working

I've setup an EC2 instance(PHP, MySQL, phpMyAdmin). Last night I accidentally execute some command that messed up the permissions. I was able to login as root before (to ssh using puTTy) but now ...
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Difference between su vs root SSH login for mounting?

I have a bash script luks that I use in Android for mounting/umounting encrypted devices, that can be called in a terminal emulator with su -c "luks ..." The script works ok for the first part, ...
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chown is not changing symbolic link

I'm trying to change the user/group of a symbolic link with the command: $ chown -h myuser:mygroup mysymbolic/ But it's not changing. I'm logged in as root. The current user/group is set to ...
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What is the disadvantage of using a single superuser in linux?

I just want to know about the risks one can face during using only one root user and no any other users for handling some of the simple tasks. How it can be harmful for security and data point of view ...
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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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Virtualhost.sh killing apache

I got virtualhost.sh working via homebrew for developing my websites with. I was able to create virtualhosts absolutley fine and had multiple sites running magento and wordpress. Unfortunately i ...
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sudo: must be setuid root

I rented a server (ubuntu 12.04). They gave me a root user account. Next, I went in and created a new user using: # adduser <newusername> And added a password. The new user account works ...
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unable to open a file in gedit from the terminal when I login as root

When I try to open a file named tester.php from gedit by logging in as root, I see this : [root@Feddy htdocs]# gedit tester.php (gedit:4310): EggSMClient-WARNING **: Failed to connect to the session ...
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Install devtools on CentOS without root permission

I would like to install devtools on a cluster that runs CentOS 5.4 (to get a higher version of gcc than the default one. I need gcc>4.7 to use some C++11 features) However I don't have root ...
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Ettercap and Wireshark broken when not logged in as root

I'm having an issue with Kali Linux (v.1.0.8-amd64) where network sniffing programs such as the aforementioned are not displaying my network interfaces, thus not allowing me to use them. This only ...
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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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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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Mac 10.8 Root Enabled But Won't Log In

Mac's (generally 10.8) on my network are bound to my AD domain. This works fine. Most Mac desktops have network mounted home directories. Not sure if this is relevant. I need to enable root and log ...
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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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Grant Ubuntu root permissions to ldap user

I have a development Ubuntu machine attached to our corporate domain. I have root permissions on this machine, however my ldap account does not. I would like to grant my ldap user unrestricted local ...