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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Single-user binary installation location?

I'd like to install a binary for only my user, because I don't have root, and therefore don't have access to /usr/bin. I've tried ~/bin, and it can't find the binary. I'm on Mac OS 10.6.7. Is there ...
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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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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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Installing dependencies as a non root user [duplicate]

Can anyone please tell what are the steps to installing libxml2 on a server without root privileges? In a manner so it can be seen by other packages? I have installed it but do not know what is the ...
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Is there any way of prompt a message when a command in /usr/sbin/ is tried to run as nonroot?

In most Linux distros I've used when you type for example ifconfig as a normal user, you get a prompt message telling you that only root can execute such command. In Debian, it only says command not ...
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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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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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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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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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Debian file's permissions for secondary's group of user

I am installing a proftpd server on a debian dedicated server, In order to be able to update some website files in this folder : /var/www/website I have added a new user : my-ftp-user This user's ...
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chown as non-root user [duplicate]

I tried to chown a file to root, that I own, But my machine says I'm not permitted. I've googled a bit and found a few topics that say chown is a root only command. But others say that's not true. Am ...
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Cannot lock group file: already locked

I'm trying to add a group using this command: groupadd somegroup which returns: Cannot lock group file: already locked. I did some research and most of the solutions require removing a lock file ...
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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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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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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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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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User Mode Linux - running CentOS - recommended FS & Kernel combination

I'm trying to run CentOS6 in "User Mode Linux" - i.e., virtualization without root privileges. It can be either 32 bits or 64 bits - whatever works right. The UML kernel is distributed seperately from ...
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Use unoconv without installing (or other alternative of converting files) [duplicate]

I need to convert doc file to docx. I need to achieve this using command line on the web-server. unoconv seems to be most usefull here. But it isn't installed on a web-server and: Web-server doesn't ...
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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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How to run screen as non-root user in CentOS 5

I've followed this guide http://centoshelp.org/resources/scripts-tools/a-basic-understanding-of-screen-on-centos/ Now, seems like I am having trouble running screen with non-root user, because ...
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How do you adjust other user's job priority?

Let's say your coworker started a very intense process and went home. It's occupying most of the CPU resources, and you can't do your stuffs because of it. If it was your own process, you could run ...
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Can I install libXcomposite.so without the root permission?

I got this error when I execute dropbox on CentOS. ImportError: libXcomposite.so.1: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory I don't have a root account. Output of uname -a: ...