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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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How to customize Linux without sudo/root access? [duplicate]

I'm a newbie in Linux but I love it for its customization potential and want to use it as much as possible. In my company I do not have sudo or root access to the Linux server but I still want to ...
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Mounting Ext3 in linux different user

I am trying to mount an ext3 based memory stick in Linux based development board. I used mount with -u and -g for mounting the fat based memory stick with different user. When I tried the same ...
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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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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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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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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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How simulate a Windows like admin password prompt in Linux?

I use mint install application a lot but don't think it is safe if I allow the normal user I use to have full privileges over it. I was wondering if there is a way to gain access to this application ...
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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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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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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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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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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 can I create a KVM guest 100% as a non root user?

In a debian host with many users, I want to allow different users to create their own VMs, completely independent of each other. The closest relevant (non-root) way I have seen in guides is by ...
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How do I allow non-root access to Nexus 7 2013 LTE (deb) over adb and fastboot?

I need to access my Nexus 7 2013 LTE (deb) over adb and fastboot, but it seems that it's required to be root to be able to run the adb server to be able to access the device due to USB rules. How can ...
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Runs monit as non-root user

I'm using Monit to monitor my nodejs process. Right now monit itself runs as the root user which may lead to security holes. How could I run monit via the 'monit' user? I installed monit by using ...
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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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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 can I start an application at start up as a different user?

I am trying to start an application in Linux at start up with a different user (like alpha). I want it to run it in the background and it has to be started with with parameters. One is a file system ...
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Reset password for regular user who is locked out

I'm a complete noob in Linux and I'm stuck in a situation where I'm logged in an Linux box from putty but on of my colleague, who was trying to login on same machine from his machine blocked my user ...
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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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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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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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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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pip won't find system package on a custom location

I am working remotely on a CentOS system via bash with an account without administrator privileges and I need to install the Python package matplotlib. I can do this using pip install -t ...
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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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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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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 ...
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How can I hide a command line from (e.g.) top & htop? [duplicate]

I know that both support specifying the username, which can be forced using an alias in root-owned ~/.bashrc, but one can temporarily disable the alias by prepending the command with \, so what are ...
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Permission of DVD device file not being retained when machine is rebooted

I am using Linux Fedora 4 and would like a non-root user to be able to write to DVDs using the DVD drive. I was able to do this by adding write access to the group of the device file /dev/scd0 and ...
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can't access account with empty password

I used the passwd command to remove the password for my account. Now, when I try to use su to log in to my account, it won't let me enter an empty password. So now, I can't access my account. Any ...
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linking problems when installing python module and dependencies as non-root

I want to install a certain (non-public, numerical) python module on a remote (Debian squeeze) system on which I do not have root (or sudo) privileges. As the python-dev package was not installed, I ...
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Virtual Python installation not allowing ez_setup?

I don't have root on my system, so I'm trying to create a virtual Python installation. I ran virtual-python.py, and it told me to run ez_setup.py. I found it online and ran it with the command ...
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How to disable password prompting for automatic updates on Red Hat

Basically, I have the opposite problem of this guy. I would like my updates to be installed in a transparent way : I'm tired of entering my password every time. I'm running on Red Hat (6.2 to be ...
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Avoid asking password if `su -m user command` is used under `user`?

If I run the script containing su -m user service userservice start under root user, I do not need to enter the password. But when I run it under user user, it asks passwords all the time. That really ...