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How could we allow non-root users to control a system.d service?

With sysvinit, a sudoers entry like this would suffice: %webteam cms051=/sbin/service httpd * This would allow for commands such as: sudo service httpd status sudo service httpd restart Now, ...
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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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How to use libraries installed by nix at run-time?

I'm using nix in "single-user mode" in a system where I'm not the root (see below for a description of my nix setup). I wanted to quickly run one of my binaries which is dynamically linked with a ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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Alternative to iotop for non-root user without sudo privileges

I'm looking for an alternative to iotop. Here's my situation: I want to find out if a program is accessing the hard drive a lot while running. iotop requires root/sudo privileges. My account is on ...
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Mounting and unmounting USB storage from the command line

I have a backup script which mounts and unmounts a USB harddrive. In Ubuntu I used the command udisksctl but it is not included in the Debian 7.7 repository. Is there a similar command in Debian to ...
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Installing a .deb package in home directory

Is it possible to install a .deb package completely under my home directory at debian?
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Non-Root Package Managers

From my research, I seem to notice that all package managers insist on being used as a privileged user and must be installed into /. Typically, what I like to do is create a throwaway account, ...
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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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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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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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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 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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Creating an user without a password

I'm trying to create user without password like this: sudo adduser \ --system \ --shell /bin/bash \ --gecos ‘User for managing of git version control’ \ --group \ --disabled-password \ ...
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How can I configure `anybody` to run X in a one-liner?

The common solution posted is to run sudo dpkg-reconfigure x11-common which gives a graphical prompt, however, I'm wanting to use this non-interactively. Scenario is that I'm SSH'd into a machine as ...
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How to get dmidecode information without root privileges?

I'm writing a program that displays various system information (on a CentOS system). For example, the processor type and speed (from /proc/cpuinfo), the last boot time (calculated from /proc/uptime), ...
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Proper way to deploy my service on linux

I have a service that I wish to deploy on a Linux server. The service will be in the form of a number of executables that are started and stopped like a service using upstart of similar. Also, the ...
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Use a shell not installed on remote machine

Given the scenario: Remote machine: SSH server; user does not have admin privileges; Local machine: SSH client; user has admin privileges. If user, logging in to remote from local, wishes to ...
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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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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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Install R in my own directory

How can I install a new version of R in my own directory, e.g., /local/data/project/behi.
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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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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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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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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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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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How to determine if X server runs with root privileges

This is a one-liner: Is there a way/command to check if the X server is run as root or as user? This was supposed to be a one-liner but alas... I recently upgraded my Arch Linux box. After the ...
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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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Can I allow a non-root user to log in when /etc/nologin exists?

Suppose a non-root user with sudo privileges executes a delayed shutdown (shutdown +10 or whatever) and logs out. Then, before the shutdown occurs, he wants to log back in and cancel the shutdown. The ...