root is the default administrative account for Unix-based systems. It is comparable to the Administrator account of a Windows system.

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cannot access ROOT account in Ubuntu 10.04 after an UPGRADE using Synaptic Package Manager

I just did an UPGRADE using Synaptic in my HPZ820 machine. Before executing the UPGRADE, Synaptic gave a message that some upgrades were not authenticated and asked if I would like to continue the ...
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Logout root after tmux detach

I'm running tmux on my servers and when configuring things I like to just su into root and take care of things. Is there a possibilty to log out root automatically after I detach the tmux session?
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Multi-Domain Shared Hosting

I have a shared hosting pack with 2 domains, one is the default domain bought with the pack, and the second will be pointed to a sub-directory within my root. The problem is that I want both the ...
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nginx 1.8.1 only works with default root

I have Cent OS 6.6 with nginx 1.8.1 installed. It seems like if I change the root in the conf file to something other than the default '/usr/share/nginx' it gives an error 403 Permission denied. I ...
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Root SSH/SFTP Always 777

I have an Ubuntu serve that I'm connecting to via SFTP (and also an SSHFS mount locally). When I move a file to the server via the mount I need it to have permissions set to 777. I've added umask 000 ...
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Why do I need to start services using sudo when logged in as root in an LXC container?

I've got an unprivileged LXC container which I've set up following the steps outlined on Stèphane Graber's website. Things work pretty well, but I'm having trouble starting php-fpm even though I am ...
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VSFTPD allows root access despite being listed in ftpusers file

I've installed VSFTPD on a LEMP stack on Ubuntu 14.04. The only significant changes made to vsftpd.conf are: anonymous_enable=no local_enable=yes write_enable=yes chroot_local_user=yes ...
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Is using su to drop root in shell scripts a security risk?

When searching for how to drop root permissions in shell scripts, I often see answers using su. However, when you're done using su you can just type logout and be back at the shell of the original ...
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Timeout in locking /.Xauthority

I have google searched and everyone who has this problem has an error in locking /home/user/.Xauthority. The issue is that it is trying to lock /.Xauthority. Obviously there is no .Xauthority in /, ...
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Root being controlled by ARD

I run an educational lab of 20 iMacs, all running Mac OS 10.7.5(11G63) with ARD version 3.6.2. My server and all of the iMacs run Lion. I seem to have crossed something and now my root user is being ...
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nginx doesn't find the directory but apache does

I use apache as the backend server and nginx on the frontend. Apache listens to port 8080 and nginx to port 80. What I do is have the root point to the public folder foreach virtualhost: <...
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Debian: How to lock root account AND still use cron. (cron does not work while locked account :( )

I'm setting up a small private server which is connected to internet. For security reasons I would like to lock my root account after setting everything up and then use a sudo user for further ...
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give www-data the permission to write into /home and others root directories

I have a big problem since few days with permissions on my Symfony2 application. The background : I write a PHP app with symfony2 which gives an overview of many Moodle instances on each servers ...
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security issues when executing ssh as root?

i was asking myself, if it is unsafe for some reason, to connect to an ssh-server when you are root on the computer that represents the ssh-client. i was googling, but i only found tons of questions ...
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Using docker without root rights but restricted sudo

I just started a new job and directly got problems with the guys operating our server farms (company is quite big). I was used to use docker and would like to keep that going with the products I am ...
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rm: cannot remove - Permission denied

Anyone have any idea why I can't remove these? ~# find /var/lib/php5/ -xdev -depth -type f -size 0 -exec ls -al {} \; -exec lsattr {} \; -exec rm -rf {} \; -rwxrwxrwx 1 root root 0 Jan 23 05:20 /var/...
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Monitor root commands issued by users

I tried to log the commands issued by the system administrators in our organization and its output using sudo plus the log_output directive as follows on the visudo file Defaults env_reset ...
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unable to open KVM when trying to VNC

I am trying to open a KVM session after connecting to the remote host through VNC Scenario: Server: 192.184.148.52 having a VNC server running at 192.184.148.52:2 with XYZ username and has a KVM ...
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Setting enviromental variables for login shells under root account in FreeBSD

I am currently in the process of configuring Open Grid Scheduler in FreeBSD. As part of this process I need to set the environmental variableSGE_ROOTas root. To do this I have been experimenting with ...
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Linux server is usually refusing root ssh/sftp connections; how to fix?

A friend approached me about what appeared initially to be a Wordpress issue on a blog hosted on a Linux box; Wordpress was not upgrading XYZ at first attempt. I tried to get some diagnostics and ...
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Local file server needs root access to change permissions

The previous developers set up a local Linux file server (FreeNAS 8.1) and while we can log in through the username they provided we do not have root access so we can not change permissions or do ...
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IIS and root application

Sorry for my bad english :) I am new to Windows Server and is about to set up a website. I go to the IIS and added a new website. Then I add a application to that website. Lets say the application ...
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mount cifs permission denied

Hi I have tried to mount with three ways for all of them I got the same error. 1) sudo chmod 777 /estore sudo mount –t cifs -o user=domain/username%MYPASSWORD,noserverino //domain /estore 2) sudo ...
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Getting permission denied error

On my Media Temple DV 4.0 server I am getting permission denied errors: -bash: cd: httpdocs: Permission denied If I switch from my login user to sudo (sudo su) or switch to root using su-, I can ...
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CVS does not run properly as nonroot user

I get an "rejected acces to DIR for user USER" message, when I try an "cvs login" to my local cvs... BUT everything works just fine, when cvs is set to run as root... Im running FreeBSD 7.2, here is ...
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Installing RRDTool without root access

I am trying to install rrdtool without root access on RHEL. Ive done this before on a diff machine where all i had to do was give a prefix in the configure file like : ./configure --prefix=/installdir ...
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Site down after root drive expanion on EC2

Hey there I have expanded the root drive of an EC2 windows instance machine. Now after re-attaching the drive and firing up the instance, i cannot RDP into the instance as the site is down which as ...
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Meaning of root zone

db.root file What are these lines suposed to mean? $TTL 86400 . IN SOA A.ROOT-SERVERS.EDU. root.A.ROOT-SERVERS.EDU. ( 1 ; serial number (update count) 28800 ; refresh (8 h) ...
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Reset root shell back to /bin/bash in suse 11

In my production server which is running SUse 11 SP1, the root shell is set to /bin/eksh. Not sure how come it is set to this..we are using /bin/bash as root's default shell. I tried to reset it like ...
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Root denied login if networking down (on NIS/YP environment)

My 70+ hosts network (mixed CentOS, Fedora) uses NIS/YP. If networking is working OK, then no major issues occur, normally a trouble-less operation. If connectivity is lost, either by a simple loose ...
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Dell Switches and Spanning-Tree Route ID Configuration

I am analyzing a network for a colleague. It's a fairly simple topology and all the switches have converged on a common root-bridge, however two of the non-root bridges have identified the root as the ...
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CentOS 7 - root password works only once

I have a very strange issue here. My root password works only once, and as soon as I log out, it ceases to function. Subsequent attempts to log in come back as ‘login incorrect’. I have to drop back ...
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Root denied login if networking down (LDAP environment)

I would like to know why I can't login as root (ssh, sudo or su -) when my LDAP is down or when I have some outage in my network. How to reproduce the problem: - Just change your DNS to something ...
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PATH environmental variable has changed suddenly for root user

Recently one of my Gentoo linux servers, which has been working happily for quite a few years suddenly stopped responding to BASH commands that I commonly issue it. Very basic commands such as rc-...
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How do I manually perform a password check using AIXpert?

One of the AIXpert tools is to perform a check of the root password against a dictionary (usually /etc/security/aixpert/dictionary/English). If I want to run this check manually, how would I do it? I'...
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Can ApacheDS LDAP change root user name?

ApacheDS 1.5 has the following account by default. Bind dn or user: uid=admin,ou=system Bind password: secret i would like to change it to the following to avoid making changes in my code Bind dn ...
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Cannot connect to XRDP as non-root user in OpenSUSE 13.1

I am setting up a VMWare machine with OpenSUSE 13.1, one of necessary things is RDP. The issue is that after installing and configuring xrdp, tigervnc, xfce etc I can connect via RDP only as root. Any ...
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Arch Linux install without root password

Is it possible to install (and later maintain) Arch Linux (or some of its derivatives) without ever setting root password - using only user account and sudo? The same way it's done in Ubuntu and many ...
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Shrink aws ec2 instance root volume (ubuntu 14.4)

I read from some link and applied these things lsblk xvda 202:0 0 32G 0 disk / = this disk attahced to new instance from old one xvdb 202:16 0 80G 0 disk /mnt xvdc 202:32 0 80G 0 disk xvdg 202:96 0 ...
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CentOS passwd file error

A co-worker tried to change the home directory of our root user and should have entered: root:x:0:0:root:/var/www/vhosts:/bin/bash ... but instead, entered: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/var/www/vhosts ...
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Ansible log in as regular user and become root

using the new "become" syntax, how do you configure your playbook to log in to a host as a regular user, switch to the root user and ask for a password? I tried: --- - hosts: foo gather_facts: no ...
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How to autostart node forever and spawn() as sudo?

My app periodically spawns a CasperJS scraper: spawn(CASPER_PATH, [SCRIPTS_PATH + fileName, '--ssl-protocol=any', '--user='+user, '--scrapeId='+scrapeId, '--pass='+pass], { detached:...
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How to change the name of root when sending mail

I would like mail sent from root to be sent as HOSTNAME <noreply@example.com>. On my outgoing-only servers that run exim4, I simply modify the file /etc/passwd and change the name of root to ...
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Can't login to centos after restore

I'm attempting to run a restore from backup of a test centos server that I have running on a local machine. The server is mimicking the same backup procedures we have running on another server, and I ...
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Changing Active Directory Root Domain / Forest Domain Name

I have created an AD Network where the root / forest domain is chicago.mydomain.com. I realized that it should have been best to make the root / forest domain mydomain.com and then create the chicago....
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EC2 instance with partitions for /boot as ext4 and root / as lvm possible?

I've been playing about with this for a few days now. I haven't managed to find an example of someone running an EC2 instance with the root volume partitioned to have /boot on ext4 (or 3 or 2) and ...
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UserDir is disabled yet server still responds differently to /~root

Using CentOS 6.5 I am trying to completely disable User Dir functionality so that /~ will not work at all. My httpd.config UserDir disabled and #UserDir public_html And also commented out #...
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ProFTPd unable to seteuid

I'm trying to figure out this problem: 2014-04-07 14:00:58,628 srv proftpd[10143] srv (pfsense.localdomain[192.168.0.1]): FTP session opened. 2014-04-07 14:01:13,779 srv proftpd[10091] srv (pfsense....