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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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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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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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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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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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Apt-get autocompletion

I am currently running 64-bit Debian Wheezy. I am having some trouble with auto completion for apt-get. I have bash-completion installed. If I am logged in as root in a shell, I can use auto ...
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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 ...
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create a linux user with create files and write permissions without sudo access

I want to create a user in such a way that it can create a file and update the contents of the file. useradd username Now for sudo, we can create username and linking to sudo like below: useradd ...
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Permissions for new user

I have created a user in my Centos VPS. But with the new user I can not create, modify files in any folder (for example /var/www/ or /etc/nginx/conf.d/), even though I have added the new user to the ...
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Unlock LUKS volume without root access - how does that work?

It seems I am trying to do the same as the user who asked this question: Unlock LUKS partition using keyfile without root access? The answer from frostschutz explains that this is impossible. I am ...
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rtmpdump compile without root, librtmp.so.1 => not found

So I have successfully compiled it to ~/.local by editing the prefix option in the makefile to prefix=~/.local the program compiles fine, and I did the same with librtmp. When running ldd on the ...
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Call sudo from Jenkins

I have one build machine which has a user abc which is has limited sudo access. When I check out the source code and run my build script, it works fine. The build script contains sudo calls for which ...
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Retrieve device manufacturer without sudo

I need to retrieve the manufacturer model of a linux device (laptop or desktop). I saw that you could use dmidecode | grep -A3 '^System Information' but it needs admin rights. There is any way to do ...
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Can administrating task of 'root' be divided to the several of “more powerful” users?

Unlike root (which is able to do everything) is it possible to have multiple administrators assigned to manage only part of a system? For example, one system could have 3 administrators: ...
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How can I start a 'screen' session as non-root user

Is there a way I can open a new 'screen' session on my RHEL box as a non-root user? When I try to open a new screen using the 'screen' command as a non-root user, it fails and I get the following ...
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exclude commands from user's sudo permissions

Consider the following line in a /etc/sudoers file: username ALL=(ALL) ALL, !/usr/bin/passwd as far as I know, this allows user username to use sudo, unless he not uses /usr/bin/passwd. But ...
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How to run privileged bash script as non-root? [duplicate]

I created a simple bash script which contains the command ifconfig. In general I want to execute such a privileged script to run as non-root user. I have tried hown root:users ./path/to/script.sh ...
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How to run smartctl as root without switching to root?

I have this C code that runs smartctl command and takes its output: #include <iostream> #include <cstdio> #include <cstdlib> using namespace std; int main() { cout << ...
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How do I maintain a separate (newer) glibc / gcc / … stack as non-root on Linux

Our computation cluster runs a very old version of CentOS, with an old Kernel (2.6.18) and, of course, old libs and binaries. Because updating the whole thing requires a lot of work on all the nodes, ...
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Unlock LUKS partition using keyfile without root access?

Is there any way to unlock LUKS partition using keyfile while not having root priviliges? (using sudo is not an option) I know that udisksctl can open LUKS partition, however it can do it only with a ...
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Bluetooth LE scan as non root?

To perform a scan for bluetooth LE devices hcitool apparently requires root privileges. For normal users the output is following: $ hcitool lescan Set scan parameters failed: Operation not permitted ...
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Are there any user guaranteed to exist on the system

Beside the root (which I guess IS guaranteed), is there any other username guaranteed to exist on Unix system? Linux system? Fixed UIDs for those users? If not guaraneed, are there at least any ...
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How to create rootfs for user mode Linux on Fedora 18?

I want to create a rootfs to be used with an UML kernel and be able to use the internet. I was using febootstrap with packages: bash, coreutils, net-tools, iputils. After using ...
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Strange bash sytax error depending on sudo usage

I made this bash function to detect if the user running is actually logged in as root user and not using sudo by checking the uid + home directory of the user executing the command: #!/bin/bash set ...
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Placing OpenSSH control socket in /run

OpenSSH has a feature that allows you to multiplex connections over a controlsocket. It is generally accepted that these control sockets should not reside in a common area, due to the security issues ...
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gvim on RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) install in home directory

How to install gvim on a RHEL server that doesn't have it (for use with SSH with X11 forwarding*)? No sudo access is available, so it has to be in the user's home directory. *Getting all the ...
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Install virtual machine as non-root?

Is it possible to install any virtual machine software as non-root user and run it ? Which VM's are possible to be installed with out need of root access ? If it is not possible what would be the ...
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Samba mount with password prompt as non-root user

I want to mount a password-protected SMB share (served by a Windows machine). The share is protected by a user name and password, and I may not write the password in a file, I want to be prompted for ...
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How to add StartUp application in Arch Linux [closed]

I am using Arch Linux, I want to add a start-up program in Arch Linux. How to add start-up program which will execute after login after every boot ? Note: I am not system administrator, I am just a ...
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Get commands a user can run from /etc/sudoers?

I need a shell (ksh) script that can be executed locally on a box that will return a list of users who have sudo access to a server and what commands they can run. For example I want to know that ...
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Right way of creating a local filesystem hierarchy within /home [duplicate]

I am an user with no superuser rights. I normally build and install the tools I need within my /home/<user> directory, and then create aliases to be able to run my programs. However, this is ...
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How to install program locally without sudo privileges?

Assume I have ssh access to some Ubuntu server as user and I need some not system tools to be installed for convenience (mc, rtorrent, mcedit). I do not want to bother admins for these small programs. ...
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Changing pulseaudio default per-user output device

Is there a way to change or set the default per-user pulseaudio output device without having write access to the system configuration (but of course having write access to the user configuration in ...