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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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No password to run command as root for fixed command? [duplicate]

Is it possible to define a rule in sudoers to allow one user to run one well defined command as root, without password or other authentication except being the right user? Are there alternatives to ...
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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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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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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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How to “jail” a process without being root?

Were I root, I could simply create a dummy user/group, set file permissions accordingly and execute the process as that user. However I am not, so is there any way to achieve this without being root?
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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: ...
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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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How do I install syslinux/extlinux to a disk image file without requiring root privileges

I have built a home-grown Linux distribution, and I can make the complete disk image file as a non-root user with one exception -- installing the boot loader. I'm using syslinux (actually extlinux), ...
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Package management without the need of root permission

Am looking for a way to install packages in home folder. This thread suggests using apt-get source ./configure --prefix=$HOME However, it doesn't provide a way to manage dependencies like apt-get ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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User made host aliases [duplicate]

I would like to set up aliases for hosts /etc/hosts style, but I don't have root privileges. Would I be able to set these up from within my /home directory? How?
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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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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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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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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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Listing all devices as non-superuser

I'm trying to mount external hard drive. As I know, to mount manually, I should use fdisk -l to determine which device refers to the drive. When I'm doing so without sudo I have next output: ...
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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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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 ...