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Unclear on interaction between fstab auto and user options

I am confused about the interaction between the auto and user mount options in fstab. After mistakenly setting auto rather than noauto, I noticed that my mount would take place when a device was ...
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Login as normal user always results in root account [closed]

I installed slackware and added a user. When i log in as the user everything looks well however it is logging this user as root. I can't see where I went wrong. When I try to open an application for ...
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How do I set up busybox to allow a non-root user to set the date?

I have an embedded system built with busy box. I allow a user named "app" to download a program/script to a directory and it will be run on boot. The program should be allowed to set the date. It ...
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How to get number of opened file descriptors for user

I know about lsof and ls /proc/*/fd but none of them are atomic AFAIK. Because in the latter case I would need to get all pids for user and then filter by them and by that time some of the file ...
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Creating an user to access a specific director with just exec permission in Redhat

I am trying to create an user that I can access an specific folder and give this user just the execute access to a .sh script into REDHAT So I've created the user and set that user to the folder but ...
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Can we run apache on a non-root account?

Apache is started by the root user, then switches to the user defined by the User directive; is there any chance where we can change this default behavior? Apache should start using a non-root account ...
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How to install dos2unix on Linux without root access?

$uname -a Linux vm-** 2.6.32-573.8.1.el6.x86_64 #1 SMP Fri Sep 25 19:24:22 EDT 2015 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux I downloaded dos2unix-7.3.3-win32.zip and unzipped it. Under bin folder from the ...
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How can a poor old non-root user get the core dumps systemd ate?

As we know, with systemd, core dumps don't just get written to the current directory but to some obscure journal. Now, I'm a poor old non-root user on some machine, and - I want my core dumps! I can't ...
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Bash completion for user without access to /etc

I'm using a Chromebook (with a developer mode enabled), and as someone of you may know, there is no write access to the system directories (including /etc/). I'd like to enable the bash-completion ...
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How to install something that reads from clipboard (like xclip or xsel) without using sudo?

I want to install xclip or xsel to a Linux box without using sudo (because its the box is not mine and I am not allowed to sudo). However, I am allowed to use environments or package managers like ...
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Access directory as a different user

On a Debian (Jessie) server provided by my university, I have a mounted directory (say it's /MagicDir) that can only be accessed by one user (say magicuser). Not even root can access this directory! ...
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Changing Shell to /bin/bash without root access via file [duplicate]

lets assume I am user(with no rights) and I need to change my shell as a default to /bin/bash by editing a file. So where I can find a file for a specific user where I can edit my default shell and ...
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Install Docker packages for non-root users to user home

I have access to Grid5000 and would like to use Docker containers on it. Tutorial says, that users should install the tools in the user's home and add the user's home to the PATH environment variable. ...
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How come root can do this, but sudo can't? [duplicate]

I am set up as a sudoer on my Debian machine, and I use it all the time to install software etc... I came across this interesting situation that I am scratching my head about: I tried to enable the ...
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/usr/bin/kde-print-queue requires sudo rights - how to let normal use pause printer?

I need to let a user without general sudo rights pause and unpause a printer. The command is: /usr/bin/kde-print-queue HP_Printer1 However, the problem is shown here: "HP_Printer1" NOT ...
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Can I set my core file location without being root?

It seems strange that I need to be root in order to say "place cores in my current directory" (via cat whatever /proc/sys/kernel/core_pattern). Isn't there any user-specific override for this?
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Does a user have permissions to write outside /home/userDir?

Does a normal* user have permissions to write anywhere else than his own home dir? (no sudo and those privilege escalation tools) I say normal because I do not know more categories than root and ...
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How do you set a service run as a non user at boot time?

I have a PostgreSQL server that I start on the command line when I log on after I logon. It doesn't run as the normal PostgreSQL service, but under my name with the data stored in my home directory, ...
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Build xpra on local directory without root priviledges

I am trying to build xpra on local directory without root priviledges. The xpra official site says: https://www.xpra.org/trac/wiki/Building Building with distutils For installing into a local ...
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OpenSUSE disabled root login (no root psswd set) >> yast, config issues

I disabled the root login on my system (blank password). Now I cannot configure my system from GUI (it asks for the root password). Everything is fine in CLI (e.g. launch yast2 from CLI works ...
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Format a USB drive as unprivileged user

I always thought unprivileged users couldn't format a USB drive, only root user could, so I used to mess up with gparted or fdisk. After years or daily Linux usage I just discovered that ...
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Can custom locale spec live under ~/?

I understand that one can put custom locale specs under a system-wide directory (e.g. /usr/share/i18n/locales), but is there a way to configure one's locale to use a spec that lives under ~/? ...
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Why doesn't my systemd user unit start at boot?

I'm trying to create a systemd user unit and have it start when the system boots. The service does start manually, however it does not start at boot. From searching the Internet I learned that in ...
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Mounting an FTP drive without curlftpfs

I need to access the FTP drive of a client, of a server to which I do not have SSH access, and since my laptop is being repaired I'm working on a computer that I don't have root rights of. Curlftpfs ...
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How to change the host file after login

Was wondering whether in a Nix environment I can change the content of the host file, mainly to prevent one or two site being accessed from that particular user, and only for his account (not with ...
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“No more PTYs” when starting screen as non root-user

Whenever I try to start a screen-session as a non-root-user I get "No more PTYs." as a response. Same command in the same directory as root works properly. I tried the solution from this post but it ...
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directory size in conky

Conky is a system monitor software. I want to display the directory size of /usr and /var. Unfortunately I did not found any conky command so i made my own. /usr $alignr${exec du -sch /usr | head -n1 ...
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mount through fuseiso9660 appending ;1 to filenames

I want to mount iso9660 files without root permissions through some program and I have chosen fuseiso9660 for this purpose. But whenever I use the command fuseiso9660 /path/to/iso ...
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Use XFCE4 Whisker Menu without root privileges

We have XFCE 4.10 on our workstations. I don't really like the built-in menu so I'd like to install the Whisker Menu. I don't have any root privileges, though. I tried building the plugin and ...
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Is an unprivileged LXC where the host user itself is mapped to 0 less secure of one where one of its subids is mapped to 0, and why?

Instead of creating "common" LXC unprivileged containers where all the users are mapped to (unprivileged) subuid/gid of my host user, I'm considering a mapping where my host user itself will be mapped ...
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Where can I/should I place files outside my home directory?

I'm using a Linux system on which I don't have root. My home directory is remote-mounted and backed up (and there's a quota on that filesystem). Now, I would like to work on some files on this machine ...
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Bash root to user. Best in same or separate script?

I'm working on a Linux Bash script that needs to start as root. At the end of the script, it builds a list of packages. This requires running as user. Then it will move the packages, which needs to ...
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Install Git offline without sudo

I have a corporate Linux server which does not have internet connection, and sudo access needs to be approved through many levels of hierachy. I've tried install git but I soon realized this needs a ...
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Organize local builds

A common thing for people who work on machines without having root rights is to locally build your own little suit of your favorite tools. The workflow goes a little something like this: tar xvzf ...
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I can't enable or disable a user service: Failed to execute operation: No such file or directory

I want to debug/test a program in eclipse that uses a Redis server so I decided to turn the server into a user service to have the privilege of running it. What bothers me is that I can start or stop ...
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Install userspace programs on server without root access

I would like to install some programs on my work development server because it is missing some programs I need for my day to day job. I don't have root access. What I did up to now is compiling the ...
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Installing libx11-devel from source, error in string.h

I'm running Linux version 2.6.32-504.8.1.el6.x86_64 (mockbuild@c6b9.bsys.dev.centos.org) (gcc version 4.4.7 20120313 (Red Hat 4.4.7-11) (GCC) and trying to install libX11-devel from source on a ...
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Installing Nix or Guix without root permissions?

This answer to the question Non-Root Package Managers suggests Nix as a solution. However, the installation documentation says: The script will invoke sudo to create /nix if it doesn’t already ...
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allow non-root user to run programs compiled by root in /root/bin

I just finished and installed ffmpeg installation on a centOS box via the guide made by ffmpeg themselves https://trac.ffmpeg.org/wiki/CompilationGuide/Centos As it turns out, ffmpeg was installed at ...
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How to login as superuser\administrator in Scientific Linux 6 LiveCD?

I have a LiveCD started as a default user. How to login as root? Here it is said that there are boot parameters. How and when to set them?
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How do I circumvent or gain root priviliges for pacman with PyDev?

I have downloaded and forked a project that I like to tinker with in Eclipse using PyDev. However, this project makes use of the package manager pacman that installs and uninstalls packages and needs ...
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Why don't most common Linux package managers allow package installation for normal users? [duplicate]

I tend to install quite a lot of packages with ./configure --prefix=$HOME && make && make install. Why can't I do this as easily with dpkg or yum? Or if I somehow can, what is the way ...
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Cannot access the hardware clock as a non-root user

I try to use the hwclock but I get this output: [arkadi@arkadi-linux /home/arkadi $]hwclock hwclock: Cannot access the Hardware Clock via any known method. hwclock: Use the --debug option to see the ...
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How can I give the user sufficient permission to access '/' directory?

How can I get the following to work? user@host:~$ cd .. user@host:/home$ cd .. user@host:/$ echo " " > txt.txt bash: txt.txt: Permission denied user@host:/$
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How to resolve 'No protocol specified' for su user

I am trying to user an alternate user (non-admin) to execute graphical software on my system. This alternate user has been named and given a UID and GID to match a remote system user of the same name. ...
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Run ircd-hybrid server as non-root user

I have installed ircd-hybrid on my new CentOS 7 box, and I can run it fine via my normal user, but I want to run it as its own user with reduced permissions (ie, no write access outside /etc/ircd). ...
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Non-root privileged user to find all files with SUID & SGID bit…Permission Required?

I'm writing an audit script to find all files with SUID & SGID bit set on the system, using the below command: find / perm /u=s,g=s The script will run with a non-root user. Will this user be ...
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How to install iwidgets without root access and set the enviornment

Recently, I want to run a script (PWgui) which requires Tcl (Itk). The manual suggests that I have to install iwidgets4 beforehand. I am using the university cluster and don't have any root ...
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How do users mount .bin/.cue or .iso with loopback device as read only?

Can users mount any of the following image files as read-only using a loopback device? If it is possible then can anyone give me examples?
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What regulates user privileges for the `mount` command?

My installation of CentOS 6.5 has stopped auto-mounting DVDs in KDE (default) X Window desktop environment (e.g. with all the KDE helper functions). Trying to troubleshoot this unexpected change in DE ...