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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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Trouble installing lxml with custom install location for libxml2/libxslt

I am attempting to install a python module called lxml to my account on a supercomputer running RHEL. I do NOT have root access or super user status. lxml requires the dev/devel versions of libxml2 ...
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Mount a windows share without having root credentials

I am trying to mount a Windows shared folder in my home folder. I am able to execute the following command from a Linux (i.e., CentOS) machine which I have sudo access. The command that I am using ...
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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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temporarily disabling one's own filesystem write permission

I can't believe there is no simple solution to this (because it seems potentially a very useful feature to me), but so far I couldn't find any. I'd like to be able to (temporarily) turn off my own ...
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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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How do I allow non-root users to control a systemd service with instances?

I need to allow users in the dba group to control the database@ services. The answer to this related question is to just list all systemctl "verbs" that I want to allow in the sudoers file, however, ...
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Can I create override dns similar to writing in /etc/hosts without root access

I want to set a dns record that my browser will use, but I don't have root access, so I can't modify /etc/hosts. I need to do this for testing vhosts with apache, whose dns hasn't yet been set up. I ...
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How to use libraries installed by nix at run-time?

I'm using nix in "single-user mode" in a system where I'm not the root (see below for a description of my nix setup). I wanted to quickly run one of my binaries which is dynamically linked with a ...
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Can I create a user-specific hosts file to complement /etc/hosts?

Is it possible to add a list of hosts that are only specific to a certain user? Perhaps a user-specific hosts file? This mechanism should also complement the entries in the /etc/hosts file.
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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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How to get dmidecode information without root privileges?

I'm writing a program that displays various system information (on a CentOS system). For example, the processor type and speed (from /proc/cpuinfo), the last boot time (calculated from /proc/uptime), ...
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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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What programs can I *not* install when I have a standard account?

I'm an undergrad in the astrophysics department and I have access to the Red Hat Linux computers, but only from an undergrad account I tried installing matplotlib once, but it was a massive pain (and ...
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Can I allow a non-root user to log in when /etc/nologin exists?

Suppose a non-root user with sudo privileges executes a delayed shutdown (shutdown +10 or whatever) and logs out. Then, before the shutdown occurs, he wants to log back in and cancel the shutdown. The ...
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Why can't a normal user `chown` a file?

Why is the chown command root-only? Why can't non-root users use chown to give away files they own?
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Non-Root Package Managers

From my research, I seem to notice that all package managers insist on being used as a privileged user and must be installed into /. Typically, what I like to do is create a throwaway account, ...
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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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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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“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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Permanently switching to zsh in a script, without being root and without being asked for the password

Is there any way to run chsh -s /bin/zsh without being root and without being asked for the password? I want to put it into a non-interactive script that isn't called by root.
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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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Does managing cgroups require root access?

I am trying to work with control groups on two different operating systems (Ubuntu and Centos). There are few concerns that I would like to ask. I am trying to create a control group using the ...
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How can I make this daemon/init run as a non root user?

I have an init script to kick off a daemon. The problem is it runs as root. I would like it to run as a user called "deploy". Ubuntu 12.04 #! /bin/sh # File: /etc/init.d/unicorn ### BEGIN INIT ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Allow paswordless user to change to another passwordless user

I have two users dev and tomcat neither of them have a password. How can I allow dev 1 do su - tomcat without having him having to enter any credentials? 1 connects with ssh keyfile
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Hiding an encrypted folder in a shared system without root access (unshare -m)

I'm a graduate student trying to use a cluster at my university. These machines are shared, so I want to protect the source code I use (I signed a NDA, so I'm scared about publishing the code by ...
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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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Change password through linux PAM without running application as root

An application I'm writing will have some password change functionality. However I'm wondering if it is possible to not run the account management part of it as root. Right now I'm running into 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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Allow non-superusers to mount any filesystem

Is it possible to allow some particular users (e.g. members of a group) to mount any filesystem without superuser privileges on Linux? (Another question might have been "in what ways a user can harm ...
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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 privileges. ...