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You can use ssh. For example: ssh root@server -c "dpkg --get-selections" > localfile.txt


I understand your problem, since I'm having a similar issue with the pacman package manager on Arch Linux. If you have dpkg > 1.15.8, try populating /etc/dpkg/dpkg.cfg.d/excludes with: path-exclude=/usr/local/java/jre/lib/ext Source: Save disk space by excluding useless files with dpkg | Raphaƫl Hertzog. For Arch users, use NoExtract= in ...


I've got satisfied with the following approach to disable su (tested in Lubuntu 14.10). Open file /etc/pam.d/su. Then uncomment line: # auth required pam_wheel.so After this nobody (except users which are in 'root' group) can use su. But it is still possible to start root session using sudo su.

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