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What is the difference between adduser and useradd?

What is the difference between the commands adduser and useradd?
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Run adduser non-interactively

I'd like to use the adduser command to add a user (with disabled password) via a shell script. By default, adduser prompts you for various values (e.g., Full Name). Is there any way to submit these ...
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How can I create an administrator user from the command line?

I want to create a user with administrative privileges and all the regular setups like home directory. Is there a adduser parameter to give the user sudo powers automatically? What are the default ...
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How to make user home folder after account creation?

I created a new user with useradd name and forgot to use -d -m to create their home directory. I tried making one, copying the contents of /etc/skel, and chowning everything to the new user. ...
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How do you change the default shell for ALL USERS to bash?

I want every new user from now on to have bash as their shell by default. I know that to change your own shell to bash, you would use the command "chsh -s /bin/bash", but how do I automatically set ...
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“Failed to create user” due to regular expression error

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 desktop 32 bit. Currently I have only a user, type administrator. I'd like to create another administrator user but I keep getting the following error: Failed to create ...
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adduser says user exists when the user does not exist

As the subject says, I'm trying to add a new user. When I run the command, it says the user already exists. But looking in /etc/passwd, /etc/group, and /etc/shadow shows that the user does not exist. ...
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When I create a new user, how do I automatically create a .virtualenvs directory in their home directory?

I want to automatically create a directory called ".virtualenvs" in each new user's home directory upon creation of that new user. I am using the useradd command to create new users.
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Adding a new user on Ubuntu server

I have been trying to add a new user. I typed in adduser then username and also tried useradd then username. It does seem to add a user, but when I login I only get a dollar sign instead of ...
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Proper way to add a user account via bash script

Here's the script code I'm using now: getent group $MYGROUP if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then sudo su -c "groupadd $MYGROUP" fi sudo su -c "useradd mynewuser -p mypassword -m -g $PRIMARYGRP -G $MYGROUP" ...
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How can I create a new user with the equivalent of a Windows guest-user's permissions?

Basically, I want the new user to have only a few permissions -- can't read the normal users' home directories, can only read or write files to one directory (can only read or write /home/user/... can ...
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Is it necessary to reboot after changing group membership?

I would like to know, why it is required to reboot, to apply the changes, which I made. I refer to the use of adduser username sudo I use Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS "Server".
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How does “Accounts Service” work with lightdm?

I have added two users using the command useradd but they do no show up in the lightdm/unity-greeter login screen. So there is no way to graphically login for them. It seems Accounts Service ...
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Locale warning while executing adduser

I just tried to add an user to a group $ adduser someuser sudo perl: warning: Setting locale failed. perl: warning: Please check that your locale settings: LANGUAGE = "en_US:en", LC_ALL = ...
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What can a user do without sudo?

I'm setting up a server and want a user to only have access to his own files. I do a regular adduser command: sudo adduser username And give the user a password. Then I log in to it via ssh and see ...
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Problems creating a new user in Ubuntu

I am experimenting with nginx+uswgi+Flask and am following this tutorial. However when I get to the portion for creating a new user for uswgi I am having troubles. When I enter the command from the ...
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Problem when creating aditional users [closed]

I just upgraded to ubuntu 11.04. I've no issues with creating users, but if they login an error occurs. For example, when I create the user "luli" and login with that user, I got the error: Could ...
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How do I add or delete user accounts?

How do I add or delete user accounts in Ubuntu? I know that the "useradd" command could be used to do this, but I hear that Ubuntu has some other command-line tool and some GUI somewhere, either one ...
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What for `--disabled-login` and `--gecos` parameters from inside of `adduser` command stands for?

Running Ubuntu 12.04, I setup a private git server and created a group called git some time ago. Now I am following a guide to install gitlab and when it came to adding a user to the git group and ...
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Confused about groups and adduser

I have written a script to add chrooted sFTP users. The useradd command is: sudo useradd -Ng sftponly -ms /bin/false "$USER" Did it work? groups $USER $USER : sftponly Yes it did. Great! Then ...
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why is there no name showing at the command line?

a hopefully simple one here, I don't know why there's no username at the $ when a new account is added and you login? Welcome to Ubuntu 12.04.3 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-23-generic-pae i686) * ...
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How to add a user to Ubuntu 12.04

This is very weird, when add a user using the command line then set a password I cant login using the GUI! is this a new thing or what?
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How to secure system users which only runs application processes?

I created a system user through adduser command for use in an application I installed. This user is supposed to run application-specific processes and such (think of postgres system user doing nothing ...
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Home folder doesn't update or show newly added users

I am having a very big problem and that is, whenever I add a new user (via command line with adduser krishna command) the user is created but it's home folder or it's own private folder isn't created ...
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When you create user using adduser what happens on the system?

I see that /home/user folder is created. /etc/passwd file has an entry with non bin/false or bin/nologin shells. /etc/group has user group. /etc/shadow has the password. Is there something else ...
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How to create multiple users during installation?

Now these days I am working on a Ubuntu customization project. In which I want to add this feature that Customizes OS can be able to create 2 users automatically during the installation. User can be ...
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How I set the home directory and shell for a new user? [duplicate]

I am using 12.04 on my server. I created a new user using adduser me and passwd me and added it to sudo when I login this is what I see. Could not chdir to home directory /home/me: No such file or ...
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How to create a new user without home directory and with specific UID

How can I add a new user "Kids" with UID = 500 and without home directory with adduser command in terminal? I'm trying this: sudo adduser --no-create-home --uid ID 500 Kids and after correctly ...
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What is the right way to gain sudo privileges [duplicate]

I have just created a new Rackspace cloud server and I need to set it up. I created a new user with the adduser command and currently the user is only in a group with the same name. For the sudo ...
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Changed suoders to an account that doesn't exist, what should I do

I've installed ubuntu 12.04 with single user, let's call him user1. I then created a new user, let's call him user2. I wanted user2 to be the only user with sudo rights, so I removed all users from ...
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Installing FTP and adding user to FTP account

I installed ftp on a ubuntu server and now want to add a user. I am using this tutorial : http://www.debian-administration.org/articles/383 Everything was working fine but I stuck on the step of ...
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Admin name appears twice if it asks for admin password. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS

I was trying to apply some given items at this page to secure my Ubuntu 12,04. After applying item number 4; my user name which is the only admin, appears twice if system asks for an admin password as ...
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Fresh installation and user's management

I have Ubuntu 10.10 that works perfect for me and my family. Now I would like to install a fresh 12.10 release. I have a separated /home partition. After installing a new version, I need to configure ...
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How to remove user from Ubuntu?

I added group using the command in terminal as, $ sudo addgroup XXX And I add user under that group, $ sudo adduser --ingroup XXX YYY Now, I need to remove the same group as well as user(s), how ...
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Permissions problems with Ubuntu 12.04 Web Server (Nginx + PHP5-fpm)

I've been trying to wrap my head around the permissions system on Linux, but I'm having some problems. I setup a web server using the Tuxlite.com script and everything works fine, as long as I login ...
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Create the home directory while creating a user [duplicate]

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 ...
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Adduser: group sudo does not exist

I am able to login to my account but can't do anything related to superuser now. Updates, sharing, sudo and all things say authentication failed. I tried to correct that by going in recovery mode and ...
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useradd -p broken in 12.04 LTS?

I have a mail benchmarking application that I need to set up, and part of that includes setting up at least several hundred dummy user accounts. I had this scripted so I could easily recreate the ...
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New user has low display resolution

I have created a new user with adduser . Now when I log in as this new user I only have options to select display resolution up to 1024x768, as I had as my main user when I installed the system (I ...
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Adding user with existing encrypted home

My system has separated /home partition which is encrypted. I did a fresh install with a new temporary user. Now, I want to add old_user back with existing encrypted home. Is it possible?
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How to add user from guest account/root? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I reset a lost administrative password? For some reasons i have deleted my user with his /home/. And now i have guest account and root, for which i can't set ...
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How to add user to separate filesystem (Armel)

I'm trying to work out how to add a user to a separate filesystem, as described here, specifically point 5: Add a local user and password for the user, then add the user to the adm and sudo groups. ...
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Is adding a user needs password [duplicate]

In my Ubuntu after login by my user account, I want to create another user I intered bellow commands : adduser alex_2 -m I created new user, but when I want to login, Ubuntu needs passwords and I ...
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How to log in to admin account from a non-admin account?

I have an admin account with sudo privilege. I have created a new user but haven't given a sudo privilege to it. Then I logged in as that new user: sudo -i -u foo_user Now I want to get back to my ...
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ubuntu server: login with new created user > get dollar shell

when I create a new user in Ubuntu Server and then try to login with the new user I get an error message. In one case Ubuntu tells me that the home directory of the user doesn't exist when I login ...
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adduser causes strange messages when called from preinst script

I have a .deb package in which I have a preinst script that executes the adduser program in case a certain user is not already present on the system. $(id -u {username} > /dev/null 2>&1) if ...
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How to create Maildir on user creation?

How do I make the adduser script create the appropriate Maildir directory of the new user? I have an Ubuntu server running postfix. When I first installed it was deliverying emails to ...
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Create user and block access to parent directories

New to terminal shenanigans here and I have set up a user using adduser dave --no-create-home/ Firstly, I think the user still, upon logging into the terminal, is pointed to their home directory (what ...
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Problem with adduser on new install

I am a noob trying to get an install of ubuntu 14.04 LTS up and running on a virtual server on linode. I have not done much on it yet. Earlier today I tried to add some users. I was able to add one ...
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DIR_MODE has no effect on domain-joined user profiles in /home

In /etc/adduser.conf I edited it to be DIR_MODE=0750 so all home directories are not world readable. However, this only seems to effect LOCAL users in the /home directory. I have since joined my ...