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I have added user using the adduser command, but a directory with is new user name is not created in /home, and I'm also not able to run any command with this user. After logging from this user it's only showing($) on the screen using a cli

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marked as duplicate by Takkat, Thomas Ward, Lucio, karel, Warren Hill Dec 21 '13 at 14:00

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Find and open Users and Groups. Delete that user, and create a new one

There is more on using it here.

Users and Groups

For command line, these should work:

useradd -m USERNAME

You have to use -m, otherwise no home directory will be created. If you want to specify the path of the home directory, use -d and specify the path:


You can then set the password with:


All of the above need to be run as root, or with the sudo command beforehand. For more info, run man adduser.

Hope this helps smiley

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i m working on Command line interface.. using the useradd command please tell me using commands.. – Simmerjeet Dec 20 '13 at 12:55
Edited it.... :-) – Wilf Dec 20 '13 at 13:03
thanx hope this will help :) – Simmerjeet Dec 20 '13 at 13:10
be careful, using the command line option (useradd) apparently doesn't default the shell to bash [!]… possibly suggest using adduser instead – rogerdpack May 11 '15 at 16:49
There's the -s option to set their login shell with useradd, in case you're not able to use adduser for some reason. sudo useradd -m -s $(which bash) -G sudo <USERNAME> will create a new user with a home dir, bash login shell and the ability to sudo. – sundar Dec 15 '15 at 13:30

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