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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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Logged on via ssh-key, can I reset my account password?

I am logged in on a server via sshkey (ssh -i /home/me/.ssh/ssh-key me@server). I got sudo rights on that server from the admin, but I can't exercise them, since I forgot my actual Unix password (or ...
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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 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 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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LAMP Server setup for personal development

I am setting up a LAMP server in VirtualBox for personal development. This will be an Ubuntu Server 12.04 install, and I will be using Virtual Hosts for Drupal, Yii, and other small PHP apps. Ideally ...
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Redhat: non-root user needs to copy files to a NFS share

Typically non-root users cannot mount directories. Running Redhat Have 6GB tar.gz (/dir/somefile.tar.gz) Need to move to a NFS share on another box (//somebox/somefolder/) We have no other access. ...
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Debian, nonroot, cron, bash script and rebooting at specific time

As nonroot user, how can I schedule a reboot every day at 4:30am? 30 04 * * * /home/user/scripts/reboot.sh As a nonroot normal user, I'm sure the system won't allow me to use the reboot command. ...
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Hidding 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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Block Internet Connection through Terminal on OSX

Even though I don't have administrative privileges, can I block Internet connection on my Mac OS 10.8 machine, through the terminal? I want to do this because I am too lazy to disconnect ethernet ...
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Allowing user access to mailman python files from root?

I just got my first managed VPS, and am taking a crash course in administering users. I normally do most things on my local computer as root. It is running centos-5-x86_64. What I'm trying to do is ...
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Are there any better/safer methods to launch the OpenVPN client as a normal user?

I'm trying to connect to an OpenVPN server. It works perfectly when I use root to give out the commands to connect: openvpn /etc/openvpn/client.conf but with a normal user I get this error messages ...
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Running tomcat under tomcat service account in CentOS

I'm installing tomcat on a CentOS box for use as an application server. My system admin created a tomcat user service account under which to run tomcat. I'm generally following instructions on this ...