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Do I need root (admin) permissions to run userspace 'perf' tool? (perf events are enabled in Linux kernel)

Do I need to have to run perf userspace tool as system administrator (root), or can I run it (or at least some subcommands) as an ordinary user?
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How to execute as the logged-in user in a sudo script (OSX)?

Is there a way to switch contexts like that? The script in my specific case is an installer postinstall script, which requires sudo privileges only for some of the tasks and requires the logged-in ...
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Installation on debian 5 32-bit without being a root

I am new to Linux and I am trying to install Skype and Google Chrome on my desktop. It runs Debian 5 32-bit. I downloaded the packages from the web but I have no idea how to install them. I have ...
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Encrypting loopback images without using a loopback device

I'm trying to design a firmware update system for an embedded Linux system. My plan is to send an image that can be mounted on the target system, so I don't need to unpack the entire file. I also want ...
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How can a user restrict their own group rights without being root?

How can I change my user rights from rwx to r-x at the group level? I'm trying to ensure that I cannot touch any data belonging to other users when I am developing and debugging my scripts. Once I've ...
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Installing Chrome on 64bit Gentoo without Superuser Access

For a bit of background, I am trying to install Chrome (or Chromium) on to a gentoo user account at my university. We are allowed to install software as we like, however we lack superuser access ...
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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 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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Fedora16, ekiga just works in superuser mode

I've got a fedora16 running and I'd like to use ekiga as a softphone. Now I'm running into some problems. Starting ekiga as a normal user gives me could not register (globally not acceptable) ...
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Compile a program without sudo access

I am connected to a linux system with SSH in my college. I found that ctorrent is a console alternative of bitorrent. I have downloaded the tar.gz source but to compile/install it needs sudo access ...
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How to change the user timezone?

I know that (for example in Debian) one could use dpkg-reconfigure tzdata to change the timezone of the system but I am wondering how one could change the user timezone (if Linux/Unix supports such an ...
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How do I restart apache as non-root (using a git-hook)?

For one specific user I want to be able to restart Apache. This user does have sudo privileges and I could run sudo /etc/init.d/apache2 reload, but I want to include this restart script in a git ...
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Let users create their own daemons

How do I let server's users create their own daemons? They should auto-start on boot and otherwise behave just like regular daemons but with lower privileges overall. I remember I saw a tool that ...
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How to achieve the effect of chroot in userspace in Linux (without being root)?

The goal is to install and run programs in a displaced (relocated) distro (whose / must not coincide with the global /) inside a host Linux system. The programs are not adapted for using a different / ...
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dhclient for normal (non-root) users

Calling dhclient as root works beautifully on my debian machine. However, I would like to allow some users to execute dhclient, too. So far, I have tried these two examples: Example 1: When a normal ...
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Being not admin user how to install local GCC instead of provided?

So I came into my classrom Debian is installed, and gcc 4.1. I want to install (compile from sources is an option - I have time..) for my self GCC 4.7 and adress it in bash as gcc anywhere. Is such ...
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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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How can a normal user trigger a root cron task to execute immediately, without delay?

I have a root cron task that runs every day. But I want to allow normal users to request that it run immediately, if they so wish. It is a harmless process and it can run as often as needed and these ...
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Install newer unix sort command without root permission

The unix server I am using has an old version of sort installed (no -V option), would it be possible to install a newer version locally (I do not have root permissions)? Where would I download it and ...
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How do I get tcpsvd to drop its root privileges?

Assume a script runs on boot as root. From this script I want to start tcpsvd -E 0 515 lpd. I want tcpsvd to run as an unprivileged user. But it requires root privileges to bind to the port 515. How ...
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How to set up a script to run as root non-interactively?

I need to set up the following script to run as root whenever I log in: #!/bin/zsh truncate -s 0 ~yourstruly/.juniper_networks/network_connect/ncsvc.log I know how to run the script as root ...
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How to get list of available wireless networks without being root

I would like to get a list of all the wireless networks. iwlist wlan0 scan | grep ESSID This will only show me the wireless network I am currently connected to. When I run the command as root, it ...
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How to set the default gcc version for only one user

I share a server (Ubuntu 11.04) with other people and I am the only one who has to use gcc 4-4 for my code, the rest is using 4.5. I already installed gcc 4.4 but how do I make it the default for me, ...
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I shouldn't use root on my new ubuntu cloud instance, right?

I am playing with ubuntu on my new Rackspace cloud instance. However, the information they give me is for root access -- that doesn't seem like a best practice for doing development on this thing. ...
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Is there a linux vfs tool that allows bind a directory in different location (like mount --bind) in user space?

For a user process, I want to mount a directory in other location but in user space without root privilieges. Something like mount --bind /origin /dest, but with a vfs wrapper. Like a usermode ...
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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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Create new linux account as a user without root access

Is it possible to create a non-root Linux user account without being logged in as a root user and without using sudo?
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login 'authentication failure' by non-root user, can login only by root [closed]

In my CentOS 6.0 system, working since months, suddenly stop authenticating non-root users, in graphical mode. I have checked necessary /etc/pam.d/* files, but those are unchanged. SELinux is ...
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Is there a mechanism to run a “service” by a non-root user? [duplicate]

Is there a way I can have a continuously running, background process that can be controlled by me (a regular, non-root user)? All I need to be able to do is start, stop and restart the process. ...
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Securely allowing users to create accounts

1) I'm struggling to find a secure way to allow new users to create accounts without granting them admin rights to do so. If you already have an account on my system and can work UNIX command line, ...
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How might I detect memory errors if I do not have root or physical access to a Linux system?

The background to my question is as follows. I currently rent a virtual private server from a major hosting company, which I use to run a minecraft server. I have a suspicion that there may be bad ...
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How should I go about setting up vim-pathogen plug-ins for a group as a user with no root permissions?

I do not have root permission on a linux cluster, but I would like to share my vim-plugins to all other members of a linux group using vim-pathogen. We have a group-accessible folder, so that's where ...
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'Distribution' to install in home directory (on older Linux) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Non-Root Package Managers I'm stuck with a pretty old Linux distribution at work (Centos 5.4 from the end of 2009), and also don't have root access. If I want to use ...
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Running a program without the assistance of the system administrator

I have an rpm for a program called KDirStat that I would like to run on a machine where I am not the system administrator. My questions are: Can I install this rpm package without the assistance of ...
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Protect application files in from access by the same user

I want to know if it's possible for an application to create files accessible only from the application itself. Problem is that I don't have root access. For example, if I run the application as ...
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Installing software as user

I need to install some software as user on a machine where I don't have root access. So far I've been using gentoo-prefix, but ain't really fine with it: I need GCC 4.6 and gentoo only ships 4.5, I ...
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Allow a user to view the home directory of other users via sudo

I am new to system administration. We have a lab set up where we have a server and client machines. The client machines have LDAP users which has the work area for all the users in the centralized ...
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How to execute udhcpc as non-root

On a Linux machine, I am trying to run the udhcpc command as non-root. I am getting the error udhcpc: socket: Operation not permitted. Is there any way to execute udhcpc as a simple user in Linux?
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Non-administrative network-related tools

I know there are tools to inspect packets (e.g. wireshark) or to simulate latency/packet loss (e.g. netem), but they all seem to require administrative permissions to inspect/modify packets. I'm ...
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Resetting USB device without root permissions

I'm getting a strange behavior on an Android system when quickly plugging and unplugging usb devices from a usb hub. What happens is that after some quick plug/unplug of a device on the hub, I start ...
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How to properly configure sudoers file, on debian wheezy?

I have seen many blog posts that say, it is enough to do aptitude install sudo su root adduser USERNAME sudo But that only protects aptitude, in other words: aptitude install sendmail will ask ...
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Get a list of users with access to the host

I tried to go into /home and list all the subdirectories but it seems that all dirs that are not mine are hidden. I also tried cat /etc/passwd but that didn't list my very own ID I was logged in ...
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Unpack, modify and pack initrd as a user

I've got a problem with rebuilding the initrd image as a user. Firstly, when I try to "unpack" the original initrd image: cpio -idm < initrd-base cpio: dev/tty8: Cannot mknod: Operation not ...
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Trying to install fonts on Linux Mint Lisa, but it looks like I have a permissions or ownership problem

I downloaded the Source Code Pro family of fonts, but cannot install them via the Font Viewer. If I give myself admin powers, I can manually add them to the rest of the fonts, so I'm guessing it's a ...
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Is it possbile to mount Windows filesystems without using the root account?

As we all know, the intervention of root is necessary to mount a filesystem on Linux. But is it possible to do this without access to the root account? Because I don't know the password of root.
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Running script on system start as given user

I have a small script on a dev/staging server that runs services inside tmux. The script just creates a few sessions with a few windows each in which various services are running. How can I make ...
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How to open a program as another user inside a logged display?

I'm trying to open netbeans as a different user, but isn't working. I'm running a Kubuntu 12.04 LTS with KDE. And I tried the following: Open a terminal, type su - myotheruser, type the myotheruser ...
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Is there a light HTTP proxy I can run without root privileges?

I am on a network where outgoing port 8080 is blocked on most machines (i.e. I cannot access services on port 8080). Some of the machines on the network however do not have this restriction. I would ...
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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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Disable Address space layout randomization (ASLR) for my processes

I want to run some programs in Linux where I want to disable Address Space Layout Randomization (ASLR). I know to disable it at system level, which is by setting /proc/sys/kernel/randomize_va_space to ...