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I finally got root access to one of the nodes which incredibly helped me to get most of my software installed. But now, for the first time, I got into issues for actually being root :-))

We recommend running this script as a designated SMRT Analysis user
(e.g. smrtanalysis) who will own all smrtpipe jobs and daemon 

Current user is 'root' (primary group: root)

Installing as 'root' is not currently supported
Switch to the desired user and restart the install.
Aborting installation...

I therefore tried to create new user, but I don't have enough privileges to do that:

/usr/local/bin$ sudo adduser smrtanalysis
Adding user `smrtanalysis' ...
Adding new group `smrtanalysis' (1001) ...
Adding new user `smrtanalysis' (1001) with group `smrtanalysis' ...
Creating home directory `/home/smrtanalysis' ...
Stopped: Couldn't create home directory `/home/smrtanalysis': Permission denied.

Removing directory `/home/smrtanalysis' ...
Removing user `smrtanalysis' ...
Removing group `smrtanalysis' ...
groupdel: group 'smrtanalysis' does not exist
adduser: `groupdel smrtanalysis' returned error code 6. Exiting.

Can I somehow use my own user - which is root - to install this software? How?

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If your user is root, why are you using sudo? – cjm Feb 3 '14 at 21:19
@cjm: The $ in the prompt probably implies that he's running as a non-root user, as does the fact that the "finally" got root access (so he must have had a non-root account before). It's just the phrase "my own user - which is root" which is confusing, and possibly misleading. – Keith Thompson Feb 3 '14 at 21:38
@cjm without sudo I don't have write permissions to /usr/local/bin – Perlnika Feb 3 '14 at 21:39
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If you (as root) don't have permission to create /home/smrtanalysis, it probably means that /home is served from some other system on which you don't have root access.

Can you ask the administrator of that system to create the smrtanalysis account for you?

If not, you can probably use the adduser --home option to put the new account's home directory somewhere else; pick a location where you do have permission to create a directory (and that has enough available disk space). Assuming you have a non-root account on the system, a subdirectory of that account's home directory might be a good place.

But you should probably talk to your system administrator (presumably the person from whom you "finally got root access") about the best way to do this.

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You are right, I used "sudo" to be able to create directories in /usr/local/bin and therefore could not use my user. This time I made the directory writable, ran the comment without sudo and it did not complain. Thanks for help. – Perlnika Feb 3 '14 at 21:50
@Perlnika: Then you're not following the installer's advice, which is to install the software as a dedicated user such as smrtanalysis, not as yourself. I'm not saying you have to do that, but if you're going to ignore that advice, be sure you have a good reason for doing so. – Keith Thompson Feb 3 '14 at 21:52
I know :/ Your advice is actually very good, but the reason why I asked for sudo permissions is that our admin is very busy and not very keen on helping us. Therefore I am trying to do as much as I can without bothering him. – Perlnika Feb 3 '14 at 22:14
@Perlnika: Ok, but you might still be able to create the smrtanalysis user account on your system. The configuration of /home prevents you from doing it straightforwardly, but you should be able to give the account a home directory somewhere else (that won't be shared with other nodes). – Keith Thompson Feb 3 '14 at 22:15
I'll do that. Thanks for advice. – Perlnika Feb 4 '14 at 17:54

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