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How does usermod determine that a user is logged in?

I simply wanted to change the location of the home directory, so I followed these instructions: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir a_user However, Ubuntu 12.04 responds: usermod: user a_user is currently ...
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multiple /home mountpoints

I have 5 hard drives 1.5TB and 4-750's. What I want to do is make the 4-750's into a raid10. I already have a /home mountpoint on the 1.5TB drive. I want to use the raid as DATA only no OS stuff at ...
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Adminstrators access to home directories in Ubuntu

On a shared desktop PC running Ubuntu 12.10, there are multiple users with full administrator rights. Can one administrator see the content of other administrator's account?
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Remove Desktop from Home Folder

I'm using Gnome Shell and have the desktop turned off. So there are no icons and it's not clickable except for the right click which offers to change my wallpaper. There's still a folder for the ...
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Where to install a program? [duplicate]

I want to download and run this, http://labs.bittorrent.com/experiments/sync.html But I'm not 100% sure where to run it from. I've downloaded it to my DOWNLOADS folder in my home directly but I've ...
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How to avoid normal users from accessing others likewise home folder?

How can I avoid normal users from accessing other users home folders? All the users login via AD a/c but here in Ubuntu 12.04 anyone can easily access other users home folder including Administrator ...
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How should I use Unionfs or similar in a computer lab to “freeze” /home?

Lab computers need to be "frozen." We'll be switching our XP lab of about 30 computers over to something else this winter, and I'm making a couple of proposals, one of which is LTSP, and another is an ...
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Is it bad to have /home/ on an NTFS partition? [duplicate]

On my new computer, I didn't want to have /home on the system SSD but rather on the secondary drive which is a conventional hard drive. I followed these instructions for moving /home to the other ...
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Can't mount my /home drive (/dev/sdb6)

I have HDD for Ubuntu 13.04 with this structure: (Ext4) - /dev/sdb2 mounted at "Filesystem Root" a.k.a "/" (Ext4) - /dev/sdb6 as "/home" (can't mount it) (Swap v2) - /dev/sdb5 as "Linux swap" The ...
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Dual-booting -> how to install Ubuntu by sharing separated /home partition of first linux os?

I have a little question about home partition. For example: I’ve had a Fedora installation with separate HOME partition. After some time I decided to try Ubuntu. So after the Ubuntu installation I ...
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How to change the default directories used by Nautilus default bookmarks (Documents, Music, etc.)?

My computer came with an Windows OS partition (C:) and a data partition (D:). I placed all my default Documents, Music, Photos, Videos, etc. folders in the D:\ partition. How can I integrate the same ...
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Mount a Partition with Documents [duplicate]

I am still newbie to ubuntu. I have a partition (ext4) with all my Documents and Photos, etc. This partition doesn't have any mount point. I want to use Document folder from this partition as my ...
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How to get Home directory on second hard drive? [duplicate]

Looked through a bunch of answers on this site but couldn't figure out how to keep Ubuntu on my primary hard drive while directing my home folder to a second. My drives are: SSD = Windows/Ubuntu ...
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Login Problem after home folder name changed

I have changed my home folder name through command mv olderFolder newFolder and then restarted, but not able to login. What step did I miss?
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Fresh install of Ubuntu 13.04 with only one partition: can I add a /home partition now?

I installed a fresh Ubuntu 13.04 on my Macbook Pro (5,3 edition, 2009, SATA hard drive, 320 Gbytes). I used the automatic partition. Now I'd like to put my /HOME on a new partition so that, if I ever ...
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Login does not work because of a broken /home directory

By mistake, as admin (having invoked gksu nautilus), I renamed my /home/USER_NAME_HERE" folder to NEW_FOLDER_NAME and (not aware of the stupid thing I was doing at the moment, attempted to) moved it ...
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Will I able to access ecryptfs -ed folders in another installed Ubuntu?

I have a HDD with Linux Ubuntu partition but with no Linux only Win7. I found a solution how to access and save my ext2 Linux files in Windows. I downloaded DiskInternals Linux reader. It accesses my ...
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how to setup local WiFi network in Ubuntu?

I would like to have local home network, so my PC, netbook can share files between each other. On both machines I have Ubuntu (latest versions). Is this possible ?
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Moving a partiton

I recently installed Xubuntu (my first time) and created two partitions: the root partition for the OS and my own partition (to store musc,movies,photos etc.), but insted of creating my partition in ...
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Assign users to /home folders after fresh install

To the point: After a fresh install, I cannot figure out how to assign users to existing folders on the /home partition. The details: I upgraded from 10.04 to 12.04. I have 3 partitions: /, swap, ...
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How do I move 'home' to the main Ubuntu partition

I am completely new to Linux and Ubuntu 13. So far, I'm loving it. The writers really tried to think of everything, and have done a good job of keeping the O/S modern. Nonetheless, it is still a bit ...
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Encrypted Home Directory will not generate passphrase [duplicate]

When I run the command ecryptfs-unwrap-passphrase, the passphrase will not appear. I do not know why that is, and I would like some help on this.
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Ubuntu 13.04, Mounting 2nd HDD, lost home directory

I hope someone can help. I installed a 2nd HDD, set up 2 partitions on it. I set up both partitions to mount automatically in /etc/ftsab. One of the partitions has a mount point of my home directory ...
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Use of relative path to a local file for bookmarks in Firefox

For Ubuntu 12.04 using Firefox 21.0, say I have a local .html file, test.html, in my home directory, which I want to add to the bookmarks menu.. First I use "Open File" and then choose the file ...
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How to install Ubuntu on two different hard drives

I have a laptop with a UEFI boot system with two hard drives installed. The first hard drive is a 35GB SSD, and the second is a 500GB mechanical drive. In terms of installation I have no problem. I ...
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What does ~$ stand for?

What does ~$ stand for? For example: user@ubuntu:~$ So far I know that the $ sign is a symbol for a regular user. If I'm not mistaken root have # at the end. I also think that $ has something to do ...
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How to change the defaut settings of Home Folder? [duplicate]

How to change the default settings of Home Folder? In particular changing view>icon to view>list for all directories.
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How to make a fresh install while also creating new partitions and keeping encrypted home directory

How can a machine be securely migrated from "Ubuntu - single partition - home directory encrypted" to "Debian - separated partitions for OS and home, and maybe for swap too if that is an advantage - ...
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Multiple Xauthority files generated in home directory [duplicate]

tom@tom-pc:~$ ls -lrta .Xa* -rw-rw-r-- 1 tom tom 0 May 23 23:45 .Xauthority.RM2HXW -rw-rw-r-- 1 tom tom 0 May 24 09:06 .Xauthority.CS6HXW -rw-rw-r-- 1 tom tom 0 May 24 16:51 .Xauthority.BYMIXW ...
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How to populate configuration files over a lot of servers?

I have configuration files at my home directory (.bashrc, .gitignore, etc.). When I find something helpful for me I add this information into this files. But also I have access via ssh to different ...
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Why can't I set group and ownership of one folder without afffecting the other?

I've upgraded an Ubuntu PC from 10.04 to 12.04. Problem is all the permissions were wrong on the home folders. So, I did the following: sudo chown -R james:james /home/james/* sudo chown -R ...
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Login on 12.04 LTS slow after moving /home to separate HDD

On a prior install I had moved the /home to a different HDD to keep the SSD for the OS only. On Saturday Ubuntu crapped out and I had to reinstall, after getting things back to the point of moving the ...
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How to set Desktop to show files and folders from different directory?

Currently, when all windows are minimized and closed, the desktop will show files and folders located in /home/user/Desktop. I want to change this behavior and have my home folder be displayed for ...
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I want to reformat my home partition from ext3 to ntfs

I have three partitions: one with Ubuntu 12.04, the other is a data partition (the largest of the three) and the last one has Windows 7. First I installed Ubuntu, then I formatted the data partition ...
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Can I change where my /home folder is located? [duplicate]

I want to make my /home folder on a separate partition on my harddrive. How can I do that, if there is a way?
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Placing $HOME directory on nfs server

I have a number of client machines, all running Ubuntu, and recently upgraded to 13.04. I also have a Slackware-based server which includes an nfs service. What I am aiming to do is to have access ...
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Get $HOME and/or username without using C++

I'm working on the Music app and I need to know how to get the user name and/or home dir of the users. I've googled around for a while but can only find the variables for C++ or BASH. How do I get ...
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Unpacked a tar…badly - now locked out of my own files!

Not knowing well what I was doing, I opened a tar with sudo, and now it's linked to a user that doesn't exist and I can't remove it under any circumstances - perhaps because it's off the home ...
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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 can I stop Steam from polluting my home directory?

I've just installed Steam, and I've noticed that Steam has created a lot of files and directories in my home directory: such as: linux32 result steamdeps.txt steam_install_agreement.txt ...
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Cannot create a directory to /home

Is it normal that I can't create directories in /home partition as a normal user? Example: user@pc:/home$ mkdir test mkdir: cannot create directory ‘test’: Permission denied Is that normal?
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Does LVM enable me to resize my /home partition?

With 13.04 here, I'm planning on wiping my computer and reinstalling. I have two hard drives, and I've heard that LVM allows the two drives to work together, as if they are a single drive. I've also ...
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Can't access encrypted home from other Ubuntu releases from 13.04

Today I installed Raring Ringtail (again), 13.04 (production release), clean in a fresh partition on an AMD X2 64-bit system. I have a parallel installation of 12.10 and another one of 12.04 on other ...
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Installing ubuntu 13.04 using existing home partition fails

I have set my existing /home partition (from about 10 previous distros!) as /home during install but cannot login. Rebooting into recovery mode and resetting password doesn't help, however while in ...
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Keeping the same /home partition after a clean install

I currently have 2 partitions for my ubuntu installation: A / partition and a /home partition. When Ubuntu 13.04 is released I plan to reinstall ubuntu while keeping the same home partition. Is it ...
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Unable to execute shell scripts from `~/bin` [duplicate]

I am learning to write shell script from this tutorial on linuxcommand.org. It says - Most modern Linux distributions encourage a practice in which each user has a specific directory for the ...
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Use encrypted Home between two Ubuntu

I have an encrypted "/home" partition separated from "/" partition using ubuntu12.04. Now I want to install ubuntu13.04.Can I share that "/home" partition as ubuntu13.04's "/home" and use it for these ...
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Is deleting my entire home folder contents like resetting everything to where it was during install?

Or does Kubuntus install process generates something in there that is not generated like it is now after I deleted everything. Sidequestion that led me to this is. Does 13.04 don't have the ...
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can't log in after password change (ecryptfs)

I am on Ubuntu 12.10 with one user using encrypted home. A while back I have changed by user password and then forgot it. I then made a backup of my files using Dustin's help to an external drive. I ...
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how to get rid of .goutputstream files [duplicate]

I have many files with names like .goutputstream-AAAAAA in my home folder and I don't know why they've been created and how to get rid of them? I usually delete them but they would appear again in ...