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

learn more… | top users | synonyms

7
votes
3answers
9k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
14 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
11 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
6k views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
3k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
146 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
2k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
7 views

How to root SNT-210, an Android 4.4.2 chinese CarDVD (no standard methods work)? [migrated]

The device: Model SNT-210 Android 4.4.2-0140516-sntb-HOMEMADE Kernel 3.0101-gdaab9de-dirty QDroid@DevServer #9 Build omnisntb-eng 4.4.2 KOT49H eng.QDroid.20140516.133512 test-keys I found out ...
0
votes
0answers
24 views

Can't write files using new user on Linux Ubuntu via SSH

So I just added a user to my server, let's call it "user2", when I tried uploading a file via Filezilla while logged in to "user2" I got the error open for write: permission denied, so I assume ...
0
votes
0answers
18 views

Idle TeamCity agents dont take compatible tasks from queue

I have new TeamCity 8.1.3 and one task in build queue and compatible enabled agent. But agent is idle. I tried to re-install teamcity, re-install buildAgent and install agent on another machine. ...
4
votes
2answers
2k views

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/ ...
0
votes
0answers
15 views

Can't get file to copy from /sys/ on rooted Android [migrated]

I'm currently rooted on a Samsung S3 i9300 running a custom rom on Kitkat 4.4.2 I use es file explorer to perform root tasks on directories and files, I wanted to permanently turn off the led lights ...
0
votes
7answers
2k views

How to enable Ubuntu 9.10 root login?

How can root login be enabled in Ubuntu 9.10?
0
votes
3answers
4k views

Ubuntu error “Gave up waiting for root device” on 9.10 Netbook Remix

So I installed Ubuntu Netbook Remix 9.10 onto my Asus EeePC 1008HA netbook. It worked perfectly and was pretty quick. Restarting, suspending and hibernating worked just fine but the very first time I ...
1
vote
1answer
35 views

Linaro system boots to root without password

I installed a linaro system on my ARM chromebook, and it seems to autoboot to a root prompt. I've set a user password, and use it to login to the GUI, but with a simple Ctrl+Alt+F1, I can get to a ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

Can't login to CentOS desktop as root via GUI prompt

I have CentOS 6.5 running on a VM in VirtualBox (Windows host). I had no problems logging in as root from the GUI prompt (clicking on Other and typing root, then my root password and getting the ...
0
votes
3answers
28 views

Access User Desktop Files While Using Root

I'm really new ubuntu user... I'm working as root user (the software that I'm using just works if you are root user) but the files that I need to access are on my normal user desktop. I don't how to ...
1
vote
1answer
168 views

devmem: can't open '/dev/mem': Permission denied

I have 2 phones (Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE I9505, Android 4.4.2 Kitkat) which I already rooted and have root access to the phones. Previously, on my rooted Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE I9505 running Android ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

How can I open a command prompt as TrustedInstaller in Windows 8.1?

I read that "TrustedInstaller" is the new root account in Windows 8, when it was previously "SYSTEM". The SYSTEM account still exists, but it's not the highest level admin account anymore. While I can ...
0
votes
2answers
504 views

CentOS 6.5 - bash: service: command not found

So I can't type service on my CentOS 6.5 server. I'm logged in as root. When typing service I get this error: bash: service: command not found I have also tried to type sudo service, but with no ...
22
votes
5answers
2k views

Sudo vs root; any actual differences?

I'm working with a support member for a product, and he insists that I need to be root to install a series of patches, and that sudo won't work; he doesn't provide a reason but seems very firm in his ...
0
votes
0answers
59 views

Can't sudo when logged in with ssh

I set up a ubuntu machine on my local server. I've got a user with sudo privileges (same password as for login). I've got passwordless ssh going by putting my rsa public key on the ubuntu machine. So ...
0
votes
0answers
17 views

Segmentation Failure 11 in Single-User Mode

I booted up my Mac in Single User Mode (by holding down Command-S while it boots) so then I have access to a terminal that is logged in as root. But when I run passwd to try to change root's password, ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Why does 'cd' not work on an entry with 'directory' attribute?

My OS is fedora 20. I act as a root user. under / directory, I input: #ll ... d????????? ? ? ? ? mnt ... #cd mnt bash: cd: mnt: Not a directory #chmod 777 mnt chmod: cannot access 'mnt': No such ...
1
vote
1answer
73 views

Is it possible to run a program as a specific user but with root permissions?

I'm doing development with PyCharm, doing development on a script that uses the scapy module for Python to do port scans, sniff traffic, and build raw packets. This, of course, requires root ...
2
votes
3answers
5k views

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 ...
0
votes
0answers
30 views

Apps crash with “Job failed to exec(3) for weird reason: 13”

I recently finished school but the IT department didn't unlock my computer. When I try to run certain apps (mostly certain games), they appear on the dock for 0.1 secs and then crash with out an ...
3
votes
4answers
11k views

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 ...
0
votes
2answers
77 views

Why my setting with NFS and setuid not working in Linux

I'm using Linux. On machine A I have such NFS setting in etc/exports: /home 10.0.129.130(rw,no_root_squash) I mount this directory on machine A on /home/nfs/ on machine B. And I've set setuid using ...
80
votes
5answers
74k views

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 ...
1
vote
1answer
2k views

turning off password expiration on linux

I see a lot document suggest to use chage on debian and ubuntu, apt-get update && apt-get install chage does not install the package, e.g. root@ubuntu:~/Desktop# apt-get install chage Reading ...
1
vote
3answers
71 views

How to detect if remote SSH session is root?

I know I can see the list of logged in users with w or similar commands. I want to know which of logged in users currently has root access, i.e. has done su to become root. The output of w just shows ...
9
votes
4answers
19k views

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 & ...
0
votes
1answer
79 views

Regain access to Ubuntu server

I did a stupid mistake on my Ubuntu virtual server (Amazon). I was messing around with /etc/passwd & /etc/group files and i am about to lock my self out of the server for good. I have a copy of ...
0
votes
1answer
206 views

aireplay-ng command not found

I just downloaded and installed Kali Linux on my MacBook Pro (dual boot) to mess around with penetration testing - I have experience with aircrack-ng, but it was a while ago (and I was at least ...
0
votes
1answer
55 views

Entering Password in su- through loop

The Scenario is like I have a list of root passwords. But i don't want to keep trying Manually. So i wrote the shell script : for i in {1..26} do su - >>result done and all my ...
2
votes
2answers
1k views

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 ...
0
votes
1answer
48 views

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 ...
113
votes
6answers
99k views

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 ...
3
votes
2answers
7k views

Root Can't Delete Folder It Owns

Platform: CentOS 6.2 Shell: tcsh .............................................................................................................. EDIT 2 Brian Swift has pointed out a workable solution. ...
0
votes
1answer
92 views

Fail to redirect log to /var/log/syslog

I have an upstart script that does the following start on runlevel [2345] stop on runlevel [06] respawn pre-start script exec >/dev/kmsg 2>&1 REPO=git@github.com:blabla/bli ...
0
votes
0answers
25 views

program needs to be run as root by any user and can be located anywhere

I have some program called foo that needs root privileges when it executes. foo needs to be able to be run by any user and can be located at any path. The reason this program can be at any path is ...
1
vote
0answers
50 views

Linux Ubuntu System Error

After I have given myself the access rights for directory /usr and all its contents with sudo chown -R USER /usr my Ubuntu 12.04 System totally fails. E.g. Internetconnection is not possible ...
0
votes
1answer
1k views

lv root drive full, how to extend partition? (centos)

my lv_root drive is full, i believe its 50gigs, i could not find an option to extend it when i installed centos.. i have installed a second drive where I have my /var/www which mounted fine How ...
0
votes
2answers
97 views

Mac - Allow user to run MAMP

Whenever I start or quit MAMP, Mac OS asks me for the root password. Thats annoying. How can I prevent that? I use only 1 account on my OS. I want MAMP to be controlled without asking for the ...
0
votes
1answer
30 views

Is it possible to remove root access on a directory in OSX?

In OSX, is it possible to make a directory not accessible by root, but accessible to another user? So something like a sudo rm /directory wouldn't work but su otheruser; rm /directory would. Thanks in ...
0
votes
0answers
36 views

Restrict user to only limited set of commands

I have a user "user1" and I want to limit this user access to some specific folders and allow him to run a limited set of commands, on of the commands is root level.
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Resize Primary Partition in Ubuntu

I've set up a Ubuntu server the wrong way round. On a 2TB hard drive I gave 20GB to the root system partition and 1.8TB to home. I'd like to reverse this. I'm reading there is a tool, which may be ...