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Gives access to root user for a period of time

I want to know if it's possible to give access to root user for one week or a month, for example. It's possible to increase the period of time before the defined period ends? Is it possible to give ...
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Concern about logging in as root overrated?

For personal linux on my personal notebooks, I've usually set my environment to autologin as root even under X or lower runlevels. I've found my workflow is very pleasant and fast, without any ...
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Granting permission for all users in a group to write to a directory and all its subdirectories

Trying out Linode for the first time, running an Arch Linux image, I successfully installed nginx as root. This, however, made /usr/share/nginx/html inaccessible to non-root users. Intuitively, I ...
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How to determine what user was used to start Apache Tomcat last (or last few times)

On a Mac, or a Linux Tomcat install, how do I determine what user was used last to start Tomcat? Is there information in the logs somewhere to that effect? Assume that startup.sh and shutdown.sh are ...
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Is it possible to “hide” an account from /etc/passwd?

A typical Linux system has not only accounts for the actual user(s) of the system, but also various system accounts. Is there any file like /etc/passwd for daemons, or other means resources where an ...
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What is the proper solution to a web server trying to write to a directory?

So, I have a box with a "deploy" user. This deploy user owns a code repository and wordpress is running on this box... When wordpress attempts to do something like upload a plugin, it is using the ...
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Restrict emails to system users in postfix?

I am running postfix, and it seems it is willing to accept emails for system users, such as man, sshd, daemon, www-data, ... Is desirable (probably not)? and what I can do to disable this?
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su - user doesn't work for users without a password

I've created a user on CentOS with useradd -M username. Now, I want to become that user just like su - username. It asks me for a password for that user but I didn't set a password for that user. As ...
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Owner of init and xterm

I don't understand what is owner of process. Owner of bash is me. Then who is owner of init and xterm? I searched on google but I can't find.
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Changing username still leaves old traces

I changed my username about a month ago, and although I have forgotten the specificities of how I had done so, I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions on the Arch Wiki. Since then, some programs, ...
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Create a computer lab using Linux [closed]

I would like to know, how I can create my own Linux lab, like the universities Linux labs. I mean OK, I can install for example Fedora to all my 4 PCs, but how I can login from different computers, ...
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Convert numeric string from file to exit code in shell

I'd like to grep /etc/password for a username and return the last two digits of a user-id number as the return code. This is because I have an application whose main way of interacting with other ...
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Passwords for newly created users?

I am fairly new to Linux and I have question regarding users. When I use the useradd command I don't specify a password. I must use the passwd command afterwards. Does this mean that the user is ...
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restrict student account permissions, give faculty access

I have set up two user groups, students and faculty on Ubuntu 12.04 and created a number of students and faculty accounts. The problem is a student can currently see & read all of the files of a ...
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How to change user name

I somehow changed my prompt (PS1) from [mpatil@localhost ~]$ to bash-4.1$. I also have changed my user mpatil's home directory from /home/mpatil to /home/algo. Now some applications are not working ...
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How to find from what computer I connected to a current server

I often work on one of available to me Linux/HP-UX servers (let's say it is server1) and then do ssh server2 ((let's say it is server2)) and start working on another Linux/HP-UX server. Then I can ...
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What are the dangers of creating a normal user with UID < 500?

What are the dangers of creating a normal user with UID < 500? Assuming the UID's are not duplicates of existing UID's, what could go wrong? This is not something that I want to do, but something ...
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deleted user is still an option in gnome login in Debian 6

I'm running Debian 6.0.8. I misnamed the original username I wanted, so I made a new user with the proper username. On the gnome log on screen, I see two users of the same name (the login screen ...
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Setting default username and group for files in directory

Using this helpful post I am able to set a default group and file permissions in a folder. I'm having trouble setting a default owner (teamlead uid 1234). setfacl -d -m g::rwx /my/test/folder ...
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New user with root access in Linux Debian

I've created a new user by using "User Accounts" in "System Settings". How do I grant rights so that this new user can have the same level of access as root?
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Shell Script for collecting user login dates

I'm having trouble making a shell script that will make a list of all the dates when users log in. I want the most recent entries to be on the top (because I know if you just use date >> ...
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In /etc/group what is the meaning of the second field?

A sample /etc/group file contains the following entries: root:*:0: adm:!:4:logcheck antoine:x:1000: The man pages I've read (Debian & OSX) says the second field is to store a group password. ...
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talkd doesn't print a message

I wanted to use talk with my brother (we both have Debian jessie). So i installed inetutils-inetd, inetutils-talk, and inetutils-talkd. Now i wanted to try wether it works. So i created a testuser ...
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How to check where users come from? [duplicate]

w command displays useful information about where users come from and what are they doing. A example of its output is: ~ $ w -V procps version 3.2.8 ~ $ w 13:53:14 up 164 days, 3:12, 5 users, ...
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Why do I see myself twice when I run the who command? [duplicate]

When I run who on my ubuntu laptop I see myself listed twice. Once with pts/0 and once with pts/2. Why is that?
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What type of permissions should a user's home directory and files have?

I'm working with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 and I've just added a new user: useradd -m testuser I thought that the -m flag to create a home directory for users was pretty standard, but now ...
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Why does “logging out” of a session activate a newly added supplementary group? [duplicate]

I asked the following question Added user supplementary group, but 'groups(1)' not showing change earlier today. Now I'd like to know why the answer works. After running adduser user group ...
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how can we know which pts in /dev/pts mapping to which ip address?

Can anyone explain , how can we detect which ssh session belong to which ip address using /dev/pts directory ?
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Added user supplementary group, but 'groups(1)' not showing change [duplicate]

I'm trying to add myself to the fuse user group but it doesn't look like the change is taking effect even though /etc/group looks correct after invoking addgroup or usermod. I've tried both ... sudo ...
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How do I log out of all my active sessions?

For some reason, I have a few open sessions on an SSH server that I don't know about. I assume they're leftovers from when my pipe broke. $ users user1 user2 user3 me me me me Is there a way to log ...
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How do I execute a command on login for a system user with no home folder and no personal .bashrc file?

I set these users' home folders through the /etc/passwd file, but when they log in I would like them to activate a python virtualenv. If they had a personal .bashrc file, I'd just include the activate ...
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How do I set a newly created user account to NOT prompt the user to change their password?

I created a new user account, but the user is prompted to change their password on first login. I don't want them to change their password, I want them to use the password they were assigned. How do ...
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Linux statistics script (Google analytics-like)

We own a few servers, each with about 100 users on it, some with 1 domain, some with a few. I'm looking for a script which runs in the background which can provide information about which users uses ...
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New webserver: What all user accounts should I create and permissions to provide for

This is a followup on my question here. I am setting up the first webserver and am fumbling with what user accounts to create and permissions to provide for better security. Below is what I have. ...
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permission on a user I added locally

I added a user to my Mint (Ubuntu) Desktop so that he could ftp files that I can share – I am peter he is john, so we have /home/peter and /home/john. I want to have full permissions on his home ...
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How come the postfix user can't even read its own files?

I have a Postfix configuration file. Let's assume it's named /etc/postfix/somefile.cf. I have run the following command as root to change ownership of the file to the postfix (105) user: ...
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Remove user space quota in Ubuntu 12.04?

I'm trying to install Unity3D but I only have 1.5GB (EDIT: I forgot to mention this is what the Unity3D installer says, but I have also had problems with downloading things of large sizes) free space ...
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How to stop regular users from Switching Users

I want to stop the normal users from using following commands /bin/bash /usr/bin/sudo /bin/su I added them in sudoers file but normal user can still use the following command This is how i add the ...
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How to tell sudo to repeat lecture once?

I'm letting one of my coding buddies have root access to my Raspberry Pi, and as I was getting everything set up, I tested sudo as him. It gave me "the speech": We trust you have received the ...
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Samba share permission denied user writing file but still shows

Very strange issue... Samba share on remote: [javaerpm] path = /u/abas/erpm/java force user = erpm guest ok = yes read only = no writeable = yes Mount command on local using ...
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Getting a list of users by grepping /etc/passwd

For a homework assignment, I need to use grep to parse /etc/passwd and get a list of all users (their usernames only, nothing else). It should use a pipe, and the results should end up in the allusers ...
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How to find a file with specific permission of a specific user?

How do I get a list of all the files which permission is "read and write" for a specific user. For example, when I go on the desktop of my mac, then right click on file "A", then "get info", then on ...
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How to create a user account with specific permissions?

I want to create a unix user account with specific permissions: this user must be able to install software, but can't remove software. Furthermore, when the user logs in, root must receive a ...
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How can a user run a program in kernel mode?

Is it possible for a user to run their own program in kernel mode? How could a user accomplish this? What weakness in the system's protection mechanism would they have to bypass? I'm thinking that a ...
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What does the `who` command result `root :0` mean?

The return value of command who will always include root :0 in X Window pts. I guess it actually means the GNOME login. Am I right? Another question is where to get this knowledge, as I don't see it ...
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Execute user script as root in startup applications

I just created a script (logscreenlock) to log lock/unlock screen events (derived from this post): #! /bin/bash dbus-monitor --session "type='signal',interface='org.gnome.ScreenSaver'" | ( while ...
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usermod -d /path user - User is currently logged in

good Day I want to make a change to a user on my CENTOS server. I want to change his default directory. When running the command: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir david terminal gives me the following ...
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When is an account displayed on the Unity login screen?

What are the exact rules for an account to be offered for login on the Unity login screen? I figured out: Locked accounts are still displayed Without password are still displayed Marked as ...
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“Who” prints duplicated usernames

This is result of who -uH: NAME LINE TIME IDLE PID COMMENT me :0 2013-08-29 01:29 ? 1686 (:0) me pts/0 2013-08-29 01:42 old ...
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Why did a new user inherit files from a deleted user?

So I had to do an exercise in a book as homework. First you had to create a user like: useradd -c "Steven Baxter" -s "/bin/sh" sbaxter Then you had to add some files to the /home/sbaxter directory: ...