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Doing administration tasks without administrative privileges.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 target/...
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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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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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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]

In my company I do not have sudo or root access to the Linux server but I still want to install my softwares and customize it to my taste. What is a good practice to install applications to your '...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 apt-...
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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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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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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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Reset password for regular user who is locked out

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 by entering wrong password for ...
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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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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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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: user@...
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Hiding 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 ...
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How can I allow a user to prioritize a process to negative niceness?

I want a user to run a specific process on the system with a negative nice value. I can't simply fork the process to background as this specific program is a minecraft server and I rely on the command ...
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Is it possbile to mount Windows filesystems without using the root account?

As we all know, the intervention of root is necessary to mount a filesystem on Linux. But is it possible to do this without access to the root account? Because I don't know the password of root.
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How to allow non-superusers to mount any filesystem?

Is it possible to allow some particular users (e.g. members of a group) to mount any filesystem without superuser privileges on Linux? Another question might have been "in what ways a user can harm a ...
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Install newer unix sort command without root permission

The unix server I am using has an old version of sort installed (no -V option), would it be possible to install a newer version locally (I do not have root permissions)? Where would I download it and ...
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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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Is there a mechanism to run a “service” by a non-root user? [duplicate]

Is there a way I can have a continuously running, background process that can be controlled by me (a regular, non-root user)? All I need to be able to do is start, stop and restart the process. ...
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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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