Questions tagged [root]

The "root" account is the most privileged account on a Unix system.

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How do you rename root?

Not that it's a very good idea to change it, but for fun. According to this post, there are still some problems even after changing entries in /etc/passwd, /etc/shadow, and /etc/sudoers. Any ...
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Give a warning when something is about to be deleted (by root)

I know that root can do anything, but is there a way to at least alert root that they are about to delete a folder that perhaps shouldn't be deleted? We keep a work directory in our /tmp folder, and ...
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Origin of 'root' account

What's the origin of root account? Where did it come from and why is it called root anyway? (Originally asked by @lizztheblizz on Twitter.)
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Reserved space for root on a filesystem - why?

I understand that by default, newly created filesystems will be created with 5% of the space allocated for root. I also know you can change the defined space with: tune2fs -m 1 /dev/sdXY What I'm ...
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Write to a file without redirection?

I am writing a regular compiled application that needs to create a special file and write a magic cookie into it. I can’t write the file directly from the application, the system security model ...
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Can root kill init process?

Can root kill init process (the process with pid 1)? What would be its consequences?
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How to automatically encrypt, sign, and forward root's email?

I've recently been teaching myself about the BSDs and decided to pick up a NetBSD VPS. I don't always log in to this box every day (it's not actually doing anything that important), but I'd still like ...
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Clean up / after accidentally extracting archive into it? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to de-unzip, de-tar -xvf — de-unarchive in a messy folder? I have just accidentally extracted a cpio archive as root into /. Now my / is littered with junks. What is ...
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Debian 6.0 RC1: Cannot login as root and user is not a sudoer

After installing Debian 6.0 rc1, I can't do anything as administrator because I cannot login as root (but I did setup the password during installation) and user is not a sudoer either. Did I miss ...
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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 have cron run a python script as root?

How can I get cron to run a python script as root? Here is my crontab file: 0 * * * * ./twitter/twitter.py Am I doing something wrong?
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How do I run a command as the system administrator (root)

I need to run a command with administrative privileges. Someone said I should run a command as root. How do I do this?
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Is it bad practice to set root's shell to something other than the default?

Once a friend of mine (who is an experienced Unix/Linux user) told me that setting root's shell to something other than sh (i.e bash or zsh) might create problems, because some script might assume ...
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Is it possible to put root in LVM without using initrd?

I have just set up a Gentoo base system (which means I can boot and log in and do stuff with it now). My root partition is in an LVM2 virtual group (with a separated /boot partition). In order to boot ...
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How to reset Linux root and grub passwords?

If we forget our Linux root password, we can change it by changing grub's boot options. But in this case, we also set a grub password and forgot both passwords. How can we recover both?
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Can I launch a graphical program on another user's desktop as root?

Following are other questions which I think I need to know: From a non X Session? (meaning root isn't logged into X) If multiple people were logged in on X, could I auto-detect who was on which ...
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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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How do I set the default ftp root folder for an Ubuntu user connecting to VSFTPD?

How do I set/change the default ftp root folder for a specific user? I want to be able to create a developer account that homes to different sites on a development box depending on what is currently ...