Questions about managing the UNIX users, groups and permissions.

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shared user accounts across workstations

I run a small academic research group and we have 4 workstations and one server, all running Ubuntu. I would like to have login credentials that are shared across all workstations and the server, so I ...
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Renaming user name

I made a mistake in the username at the time of installation. So I changed the name of the user after logging in by creating a guest account with SUDO rights. But when I checked the list of users ...
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How can I see the list of users..?

I'm fresh to Linux , to be precise this is the first day I'm sitting before Ubuntu OS. I added users for a learning purpose & now I want to see all the users in the system. How do I see the users ...
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Is it possible to store user's home directories remotely?

I work in a small office with 6 PCs and a server. I'm looking at installing Ubuntu on all of the computers, but I'd like users to be able to log in to any one of the computers and be able to access ...
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Cannot edit group-owned files as user belonging to that group

I'm running an Ubuntu 14.04.1 LTS server on Digital Ocean. I'm trying to make it so I can edit files in /var/www from my normal user account, without needing to be root. Currently, /var/www is owned ...
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Uninstalling hadoop on Ubuntu 14.04, files/directories left over

I'm trying to completely uninstall Hadoop on my Ubuntu partition (14.04 Trusty Tahr) and am running into an issue I haven't seen before. I completely removed the directory that hadoop was installed to ...
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ubuntu 14.10 create new user password change button disabled

I did a fresh install of ubuntu 14.10 (AMD64) to my desktop this evening. Everything works fine as in the versions before. Now I started to create some more users. I can only activate them if I choose ...
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Ubuntu not booting up after user name change

I have ubuntu installed (dual boot with windows 7) on my system. It was working fine. Then I just wanted to change the username. So I googled and ran the commands given there. The list of command that ...
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a specific user can't mount usb sticks

I have the problem that a specific user can't use usb sticks any more. they are not mounted automatically any more. For some weird reason I changed the numeric userid and groupid of this user ...
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14:04: Usergroup / file permissions problems daemon proces

I'm trying to understand the file permissions in ubuntu, but after reading some material, I still don't understand why the following situation doesn't work: I have a folder ...
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How to add Jenkins to Apache Group?

I currently run an instance of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Apache2 is installed Jenkins is installed (along with the Jenkins linux user) The problem I have, is that my custom site is in ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 doesn't load after upgrade

I upgraded my Ubuntu from 12.04 to 14.04 and now it keep loading and never boots. sometimes the login page appears and after entering the correct password the page simply splashes and nothing ...
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How do you limit root to no more than 1 login at a time?

I took a practice test for a cert and one of the questions was "Limit root to no more 2 simultaneous logins, make this configuration persistent between restarts". I didn't even really know this was ...
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2nd harddrive, /var/lib/mysql ownder is nvidia-persistenced when mounted, mysql when booted?

I have a second HDD that was my old OS. When I boot it the /var/lib/mysql folder is mysql:mysql but when I mount it (LVM) in my new OS it is nvidia-persistenced:vboxusers. I want to do a cp -pr to ...
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Cannot add a new user

I am trying to add a new user to my ubuntu 14.04 os. I go System Settings -> User Accounts and try to click the [+] button, but nothing happens it is grayed out. The system did not ask me for ...
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How to remove unused or outdated folders?

I administrate a multi-user system that has had quite a lot of user turnover. The users who have left us still have a folder in the folder /home. I would like to remove the folders for the users that ...
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Can't alternate users, need to logoff to login other on ubuntu

I installed from scratch the Ubuntu 14.04 and configured it with a Samba share. There is a windows share RAID 1 drive (2 x 1 TB) with Mdadm, that Dropbox and more 2 backup solutions access (Acronis ...
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How can I allow a user to edit a specific system file normally restricted to root?

I am trying to write to /etc/network/interfaces with a user that does not have root privileges. The reason for wanting to write to this would be to allow the user to set a static IP since I am ...
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Setting up multiple Ubuntu computers to share files and users

I'm very new to the *nix world and only vaguely have heard of things like YP/NIS, LDAP, Kerberos, etc. If I have several machines that I want to toss Ubuntu on to and share users and files/mounts ...
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Setting up new user allowed actions

I made a new user but have been trying to research how to limit their ability to make changes to the system. I am basically looking for them to having the ability to change ifconfig settings. Beyond ...
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What is an easy way to add new user

I have read about the command sudo adduser newuser and sudo passwd -l but if I understood correct I have to grant every thing by terminal. I created easily a new user by Systems>User Accounts but it ...
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How uid and gid related to permission?

I want to know how uid and gid is related to permissions/owership? Is there any default/permanent id for root? what are standard values for uid and gid?
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Prevent a user using sudo [duplicate]

Can we restrict a user and do not let him to go to the root mode. For example, when he inter sudo su, The system tells him you can not access the root?
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Limiting file access for a huge number of users

The ubuntu is really great for it's user management, every service can use it's own system user: but should I use it for distribution? Let's say I have a service, that I host, with many customers who ...
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Why my newly created account is asking for a pasword if I didn't set one?

I tried to create a new user account from 'User Accounts' in the System Settings. First I pressed the Unlock button and the + button. Then I chose Standard account type and filled account name. ...
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How to know whether am the administrator of my Ubuntu?

Is there a way to know whether am the administrator of my Ubuntu 14.04 ? If not, how can I became the administrator ?
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Why is 777 assigned to chmod to permit everything on a file?

I was asked in an interview why it is that 777 is assigned to take all permissions for a file. Why not 555? He said that there is reason for everything. So, what is the reason for 777? Why not any ...
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What's the difference if I use Windows 7 as a Standard User vs if I use ubuntu?

Ubuntu is secure for various reasons, one of them, a major one I believe, is that when you try to install a software/app via terminal/store an authentication box pops up asking you for your password. ...
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Restricted User Account Creation

I was once given a shell account (for IRC) that allowed me read/write access to my home folder only. The first time I logged in, it forced me to change my password too. Say I wanted to create a new ...
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Most programs don't work after changing username [duplicate]

I changed my username using the following commands usermod -l new_name old_name usermod -d /home/new_name -m new_name* Everything was fine until I started to use some programs. Is there another ...
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Extra user at Users Account

I have installed this operating system my self and created one account as an owner and root. I do not know where " Me " account came from. However, I get many access permissions error, even-while, ...
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Accidently removed admin/sudo rights [duplicate]

I removed admin rights for the original admin account, in order to set up a new account with clear history. (Not 100% that was needed, I am still getting to grips with linux / Ubuntu 12.04 and I read ...
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How can I find my User ID (UID) from terminal?

The title says it all. What command I need to run from a terminal to find my user ID (UID)?
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How to achieve root access? Also a more simple breakdown of instructions

Need more simple breakdown of the instructions, yes I acknowledge the risks. All i need the access for is for external development(s) for android. Already have adb installed as well as fastboot plus ...
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Can't access User Accounts in ubuntu 14.04 LTS

I installed Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a dualboot next to windows. Everything is working fine and i must say i like it. But i have one problem, I can't access the User Accounts. By clicking on User Accounts ...
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How to properly clone both root and user information with proper permissions?

I have been looking for a backup software for my Ubuntu boxes that works with the similar ease of EaseUs backup software for windows. I would like to be able to back up both user info and root info. ...
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User account not working

I created a user account "Family". I can see it on the login screen and in the user control setup once in Ubuntu. I have tried settings: no password, password, disabling, and enabling the account. ...
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Remote Desktop - Sub User fail

The problem is this... XRDP works just fine under 'root' user, and the desktop (lubuntu) connects fine... but I can not get other user accounts to connect (such as my freshly made 'admin' or 'dev' ...
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What is the difference between `groups $USER`and `groups` in a terminal?

When I run the the following command in a terminal I get different output. I try to find out if I am a member of the Wireshark group. groups $USER Does list wireshark groups Does not list ...
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My password can log me in, but nothing else (“user is not in the sudoers file” error when I try)

I recently got a new user account for Ubuntu 12.04 on Linux after becoming unable to log in to one of my earlier accounts. I can log in to this account easily enough, but when I try to use the ...
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How to create a user who can only access one directory?

I'm running Ubuntu Server 12.04. I was wondering how I can set up a user to only access one directory. For example, I want to create a user 'brad' and want him to only have access to /var/www/brad. ...
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It is possible to set multiple passwords to single login in ubuntu platform?

I tried with different ways, but not worked at all. Please any-one help me ? I've looked at this question: Set 2 passwords for one user? The referenced duplicate is not the same question. The ...
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Why are there guest-6lDH45Lx groups in /etc/group?

Found guest-6lDH45Lx:132: and guest-MTiNKr:x:127: groups in /etc/group. Can anybody explain what these are and why they're lurking in my configuration?
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Is there a way to switch into another user account from a script?

Let's say I have an account on a small network of machines that is set to auto-login. If one of the machines has a problem with the network or one of its services, I need to break out of the ...
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Predefined user groups

There are a lot of predefined groups on Ubuntu (and many other distros), but I can't seem to find any information about what each is for. Some seem obvious or are well-known: cdrom is for access to ...
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How to disable a passwordless account

I have set my nephew's account to login without a password, but sometimes I want to prevent that account from logging in. This is the process I followed: Set the account to login with no password, ...
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How to recover a deleted user account

I have deleted a user account using the command userdel -r george. It deleted that user with their files. I need to restore that user and their files, is it possible? How can I achieve it?
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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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Can users passwords be cracked from etc/shadow file?

My question is if someone hacked privileges on /etc/shadow file , can he crack the passwords of the system users. If yes , how can i secure more my passwords and how to make it difficult on a ...
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Ubuntu desktop 12.04 Desktop Environment customization

I am a new Linux user, I want to accomplish the following settings of the followings no Dash icon no trash icon no workspace switcher icon In global menu bar, only show the current time, but can't ...