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Does managing cgroups require root access?

I am trying to work with control groups on two different operating systems (Ubuntu and CentoOS). There are few concerns that I would like to ask. I am trying to create a control group using the ...
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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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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 I allow non-root users to control a systemd service with instances?

I need to allow users in the dba group to control the database@ services. The answer to this related question is to just list all systemctl "verbs" that I want to allow in the sudoers file, however, ...
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How to get number of opened file descriptors for user

I know about lsof and ls /proc/*/fd but none of them are atomic AFAIK. Because in the latter case I would need to get all pids for user and then filter by them and by that time some of the file ...
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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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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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Install userspace programs on server without root access

I would like to install some programs on my work development server because it is missing some programs I need for my day to day job. I don't have root access. What I did up to now is compiling the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Access directory as a different user

On a Debian (Jessie) server provided by my university, I have a mounted directory (say it's /MagicDir) that can only be accessed by one user (say magicuser). Not even root can access this directory! ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Creating an user to access a specific director with just exec permission in Redhat

I am trying to create an user that I can access an specific folder and give this user just the execute access to a .sh script into REDHAT So I've created the user and set that user to the folder but ...
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Can we run apache on a non-root account?

Apache is started by the root user, then switches to the user defined by the User directive; is there any chance where we can change this default behavior? Apache should start using a non-root account ...
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Install Docker packages for non-root users to user home

I have access to Grid5000 and would like to use Docker containers on it. Tutorial says, that users should install the tools in the user's home and add the user's home to the PATH environment variable. ...
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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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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 ...