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Unable to get rid of root user and privileges

I am told that the most basic security to set up in Linux is to change the superuser name from root to something obscure so I run these steps to add new user $ /usr/sbin/adduser new_username $ ...
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Does “mount -o remount,ro” flush filesystem buffers?

On Linux, does mount -o remount,ro flush filesystem buffers/cache, or should I also run sync to achieve that?
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Debian VLAN (8021q) Configuration doesn't work

I try to setup VLANs on a virtual Debian machine. It's connected to an Cisco 2960 Switch. The Switch has 3 VLANs (1,100,200) which're allowed the pass the trunk. The Switch Configurations was tested ...
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Roundcube Web Mail client to hide folders

Roundcube web mail client works perfectly. But the problem is that I want to hide INBOX subfolders (they are without content) globally. There are separate folders which are used and they are with ...
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Minimal Linux with kernel and BusyBox: /etc/inittab is ignored, only /init is executed

I managed to create a small and fully functional live Linux CD which contains only kernel (compiled with default options) and BusyBox (compiled with default options + static, all applets present, ...
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How does `stdin` of linux work?

I know that stdin refers to standard input in linux, usually the keyboard. It can also be referred by file descriptor 0. So, which file descriptor does the (standard input) mouse refer to? Or is it a ...
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Copy over existing files without confirmation?

I need to copy and over-write a large amount of files, I've used the following command: # cp -Rf * ../ But then whenever a file with the same name exists on the destination folder I get this ...
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ZFS: Trying to remove top-level drive from Zpool

I have a zpool called storage that contains a five device raidz1 array. Today I went and bought another 3TB device and put it in my enclosure. However, instead of creating a new pool and adding that ...
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Keyboard is disabling

I stuck with a strange problem on OpenSUSE 13.1, after some random uptime my keyboard is disabling. I'm not even sure how to concretize this problem, this happening randomly and I can't see any ...
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Can a file be corrupted by copying from NFS to CIFS?

I have Linux RedHat 6.x, and I mounted a Windows 2008 R2 NFS share. If I copy data from my Linux machine to Windows, that doesn't seem like any harm. But if I take that file that is in my exported ...
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Disable CPU scaling with U 1404

I know there are a lot of things about this topic but I couldn't find anything not older than 4 years. As the stuff develops so fast I hope it is fine to ask again a few years later. What is ...
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Mirrored Linux Commands [duplicate]

I've encountered two incidents where commands (or logic flow) is given forward and backwards In bash scripts: if ... fi (use to closed an if-statement) and in GNU/Linux command line: cat; tac (cat ...
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TPM passwordless boot

I'm trying to create device with CentOS6, encrypted disk (with LUKS), TPM module and TrustedGRUB to boot securely and without interaction. I'm following instructions from ...
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Loginuid, should be allowed to change or not (mutable or not)?

I am trying to configure the linux kernel. I was confused by Make audit loginuid immutable (AUDIT_LOGINUID_IMMUTABLE) [N/y/?]. The help says: +config AUDIT_LOGINUID_IMMUTABLE + bool "Make ...
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File handles and filenames

I read this post. Are file descriptors the same as file handle? While trying to configure the linux kernel, it asks open by fhandle syscalls (FHANDLE) [Y/n/?]. Why is this option provided? Does ...
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Bluetooth Device not working debian wheezy

i just installed debian wheezy on msi cx640dx. my bluetooth device not working. here is some information. Kernel version: $uname -r 3.2.0-4-amd64 when i use hcitool dev it don't show any device. ...
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Connectivity between 2 remote Linux machines

I have two remote machines, I'm running a script on one of them. There's some part of the script that should be running on the other one, then the script will continue in its further tasks/commands. ...
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Curious about strange ICMP type 3 code 10 traffic to my IP address

My firewall (iptables) logs some strange ICMP type 3 code 10 traffic that I am curious to understand (specifically how or if this could be an exploit of some sort). Type 3 = Destination ...
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top command on multi core processor

I am using freescale IMX6 quad processor. I want to know if the top command lists the CPU usage of all 4 cores or of a single core. I am seeing an application's CPU usage being the same with 4 cores ...
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Grep display both matched and umatched lines [duplicate]

How can I use grep command to display both matched and unmatched lines? Matched line should be in red and other lines should be in normal color. Is there a grep option available to do that?
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How to disable Alt-Arrow switching of Virtual Consoles?

The following happens on different Linuces: When I'm in a virtual console, hold Alt and press ← or →, the virtual ttys cycle. This is really annoying as I'm using fish-shell which also uses this key ...
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Why does chroot get ENOENT on an existing file?

;TL-DR - Answer: because the dynamic linker ld-linux-x86-64.so.2 was missing. I have mounted a squashfs (shouldn't matter) filesystem -ro,loop at /mnt/foo. It contains among other things the ...
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Number of processors in /proc/cpuinfo

While i was learning about cpu load i came to know that it depends on numbers of core. if i have 2 cores then load 2 will give 100% cpu utilization. So i tried to find out cores.( i already know that ...
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Why does Android crash when stressed on Memory where as GNU-Linux keeps running?

I have two devices, an Android phone with an eGlibC stack running side by side with Bionic, and an old HP tower with Debian. My HP tower has 512 MB of RAM. My phone has 2GB of RAM. I run top on ...
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Stop init.d from running, and go to terminal prompt

I'm running Rasbian (Debian?) on my Raspberry Pi, and have allot of auto-starting things in init.d. But what if I want to stop them all from running, and simply break into a terminal prompt? I've ...
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Can't execute server messages outputed when printing to laser 3 on openSUSE

This is my 1st post and I have a sporadic printing issue I'm needing some help with. I have 3 laser printers setup on my secure network; all ping on different IP addresses; 2 of which are printing ...
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Vocabulary trainer for Unix

I am looking for a Linux (Ubuntu) software that allows me to take note of new words that I learn online. I manually add new words, their meaning and usage. The software then displays each item in a ...
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Fetching Remote Windows System Information From Linux Server

I need a script/command that would fetch Windows System Information (Host Name,User Name, Domain, OS Info, Hardware Info, Memory Info, processor Info, etc) by running it on a Linux Server (RHEL 6.5 ...
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Changing file permissions on an HFS+ filesystem

I ran the command fdisk -l to find out what my external drive is formatted to, I found out it's uses GPT partitions and the filesystem is HFS+. When I try and create a new folder on the external ...
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Why doesn't my supervisor daemon start on reboot?

I have added a crontab entry via crontab -e for the current user: @reboot supervisord -c /etc/supervisord.conf Yet after the reboot, supervisord demon is not running. I need to run the command ...
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Creating multiple proxies on a single VPS

I am trying to create SOCKS Proxies on my Debian Linux VPS. I was just wondering what is the best way to go about doing this? I have tried things like Dante and it doesn't support multiple Proxies.
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Why is my swap not being activated automatically via fstab?

I've got a Linux embedded system that I'm experimenting with (the Elektor Embedded Linux Made Easy board, based on the GNUBLIN http://en.gnublin.org/index.php/GNUBLIN-Elektor). I'm using the 3.3 ...
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read only root filesystem

Somehow my Debian went to read only in root file system. I have no idea how this could have happened. For example when I am in /root folder and type command nano and after that press Tab to list ...
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29GB Log File on Linux Mint on a 38GB Partition

Had a low-space warning, Google'd the problem (had 1.8GB free at the time), found topics about running $ sudo du -x -d1 -h /var | sort -hr and I did: 30G /var 29G /var/log 353M /var/cache ...
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Could I disable ext4's journaling safely in BBWC?

I knew set "nobarrier" flag is safe in BBWC when using ext4,but since "nobarrier" flag couldn't ensure proper order of journal logging and data flushing,then it seems journaling is useless。So is it ...
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Is there a way to pass a variable from an awk statement to a bash function as an argument? [closed]

I am trying to look a for some specific values from (such as 1 or 4 and 2 or 3) a text file using an awk statement in a bash script. If this value is found in the file (within the awk statement), then ...
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Linux: $SSH_CONNECTION is set even without SSHing to the server

I have a remote server and I am writing a script in the server and want it to fire only when I SSH. I thought of using the $SSH_CONNECTION and $SSH_TTY for this purpose. I found out that when I have ...
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PS: what does “ps -o comm= -p $PPID” do

I have a script which does ps -o comm= -p $PPID. The explanation says this gets the parent process name. From the man page I found out -o means user defined format, comm means command and -p means ...
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Linux mint 15, synaptic can't download all repository indexes

I'm using Linux Mint 15, and started getting these errors from synaptic update manager. I did not change anything in the system, one day it just started to throw these errors. My network works OK, all ...
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how to migrate a squashfs system to another filesystem that's read/write

Well, basically what i want to do is copy all of my router's files (even the dev file (because i'm running busybox)) to my usb flash drive and let my router by default boot from the usb device. it ...
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What does the 'barrier' mount flag mean in Linux?

The manual for the 'barrier' mount option is: barrier=0 / barrier=1 This disables / enables the use of write barriers in the jbd code.barrier=0 disables, barrier=1 enables (default). ...
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sslserver using 100% cpu

I've a qmail setup with sslserver being used to secure the pop connections. Normally it runs very well, however some instances of sslserver start taking 100% cpu and its child process qmail-pop3d ...
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Naming PPP interfaces

I have two PPP peers, dsl-line1 and dsl-line2 which are configured with pppd on Ubuntu (Server) Linux. They are brought up by the /etc/network/interfaces file with the auto thingy however each PPP ...
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What to do when you removed execute permission from some system binaries or libraries?

It seems I removed executability from system binaries, resulting in loads of Permission denied. Do I have to force reboot into host's rescue mode or is there something else I can do while I'm still ...
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Log out a user and delete the account

I am having a problem on the server (CentOS 6, Plesk 11.5) where a particular user is using a mass mailer and is blacklisting our IP address. I have tried to delete this user using: /usr/sbin/userdel ...
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diabling cpu cores on quad core processor on linux

I want to disable 3 CPU cores and run my processor on a single core. I have used command:maxcpus=1. But after this I executed this command ls /sys/devices/system/cpu. It still shows ...
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Symlink from one workstation to another without mount

I am trying to create a symlink of a file on one linux workstation to another linux workstation, without having to 'mount' any network shares. Here's what I am trying to do, but can't get it to work. ...
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Why is my Netstat not returning the desired output and just getting hung up?

My remote Linux machine is able to ping an IP address on an internet, but the same is unable to get the netstat report for that IP, please help through. ping a.b.c.d 64 bytes from a.b.c.d: icmp_seq=1 ...
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Debian installer - customize busybox and live system/environment

I'm trying to reinstall Debian on a netbook and do it without sloppy tricks so that I can repeat the process if necessary. Specifically, I'm trying to customize the installer to include the wifi ...
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How to transfer data “offline” between osx and ubuntu?

I need to transfer around 50gb of data from my Ubuntu to my OSX. scp and samba are both too slow it seems - even with the Ethernet cable connected (14-15 hours!). I have physical access to both ...