Your username is the name by which you log on via a console. To view your username, open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T). Your username will be the text before the at symbol (@).

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What is the purpose of the 'nobody' user?

After I read List all human users I noticed that there is a user account named 'nobody' in my Ubuntu system. Also I noticed that I can login in this account from terminal using the following command ...
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Do not display user name in the panel

In Unity the user name is shown in the panel. Is is possible to make it so that it is not displayed? For example it would be nice if only the icon but not the user name were displayed.
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How can I find out my user name?

How do I know my username? I've installed Ubuntu, but I don't know my username, only my password. I can't access my laptop and it can't be opened.
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How to find out who is using the physical console?

I would like to use a script to find out the username - of the user who is currently on the physical console (who has command of the keyboard, mouse and graphical display)? I do not just want to ...
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How can I delete a mail account in Thunderbird?

I missed one letter of my user name for my mail when add an account to Thunderbird. My mail is reachable in webmail with my browser, but is unreachable in Thunderbird. How do I delete an email ...
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What is the logic behind the user name restrictions in *buntu?

In Fedora, I use my preferred account name, which happens to be a fully qualified domain name. By using a fully qualified domain name as my user name across most of my accounts (both on my own ...
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How to change administrator username?

I have accidentally typed my name wrong when I created the administrator account. Although I managed to change the user name at the login screen, I am unable to rename the /home/oldusername to ...
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How to rename a user safely?

I've misspelled user name when installing Ubuntu and would like to rename if possible. How can I safely change my user name?
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How can I make Indicator Session only show my username and not my full name?

My panel has a lot of indicators, and my full name is large. Is there a way to set Ubuntu 11.10 to behave like Ubuntu 11.04 and only show my username?
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How to change 'Your Name'?

I'm new to Ubuntu 14.10, and I want to change the 'your name' (appear at the time of Installation) from hanu to Hanu in Terminal, i.e., hanu@4268 to Hanu@4268.
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My name no longer appears on gnome-panel

I booted up my laptop this morning to find my name no longer appears beside the power off button in the top right hand corner of the top gnome panel: I tried deleting and re-adding the indicator ...
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Getting Full User Name

How do I look up my full user name in Ubuntu? I want this information to propagate to the environment variables GIT_AUTHOR_NAME and GIT_COMMITTER_EMAIL.
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What is the best way to secure my EC2 server in regards to the SSH?

I have a Amazon ec2 instance, and was curious on if I should change the username (the default is ubuntu) or not? Since you need a public SSH key in order to access the server, I don't think you do, ...
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How to safely change username and hostname?

I installed a fresh Ubuntu Gnome 14.04.3 today, but I just notice that I reversed the username and hostname during installation. To illustrate this, when I open a terminal, the prompt looks like : ...
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Upgraded from 13.10 to 14.04 with wrong user name and can't access any files

I cannot login to the old username because it does not exist on the login screen. I cannot recreate the old username because I don't have root privileges. I have tried many methods of getting to root ...
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How can I remap usernames when printing to a shared printer?

At work my group currently use self maintained network printers. We also run our own self contained Linux network for some members of the group. It all works beautifully. The management has decided ...
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how can I configure my live (x|l|k)ubuntu to: have my username and NOT autologin

I am playing around with the ISO image of a few Ubuntu derivatives - which should be fairly similar to Ubuntu. The version is 14.04.1 64bit. The idea here is to create a custom live USB stick, based ...
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usermod change the username

I tried this command root@node1:~# usermod -l node1admin serveradmin -d /home/node1admin -m Usage: usermod [options] LOGIN It keeps saying I have wrong command. The help provides only the options, ...
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Default User Id at Login different from User Name in Terminal Shell

During the Ubuntu 12.04 LTS installation, I was prompted to enter a user name and password, so that a corresponding account could be created and set up for login. I replaced the one that was provided ...
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Where, in Ubuntu's files, is stored the full name of a user?

Usually the users have a full name associated to them, where is that stored?
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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 can I remove username from panel in 12.10?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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User name on top-right most tray vanished!

User name on top-right most tray vanished! I can't see it any more. I see the power button and directly beside it is the clock, I'm using Ubuntu the latest version until now (v.12) 32-bit Any ...
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Why I can't change my username in Terminal? [duplicate]

I started working recently with Ubuntu and changed my username. I changed the "v" tiny by capital "V", but in Terminal remains the same.
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WiFi temporary username settings with PEAP/MSCHAPv2 on 14.04

I am setting up a computer for our grad students at my university. I have one standard-user login for all of them to use to make things a bit simpler for them. I am trying to find a way, however, to ...
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Change default username in LiveCD

I've created a custom Ubuntu image for myself using UCK (Ubuntu Customization Kit). My question is: when I boot the image as a LiveCD or LiveUSB, it automatically creates and logs you in to the user ...
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User disappeared from login screen

I can not log in on the graphical login since my username does not appear as a possible choice. What dictates which users appear there? I just changed my uid from 1000 to 872 while being logged in as ...
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How to hide users from the user account list of the login screen in Ubuntu 12.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I hide a particular user from the LightDM login screen? I want to hide users from login screen. I have tried to modify a file in /etc/gdm, but that folder doesn't ...
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Changing Short name of user [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I change my username? I'm making a small ubuntu network, and in client 10.04 I "logged in" as the user "employee1", and changed my name to "Red Herring" but i ...
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Hide user list from logon page in Ubuntu/Xubuntu 11.10

I'd like to add a little bit more security on my laptop that is running Ubuntu 11.10 with xfce environment. The problem is that once the computer is turned on a list of users is displayed for me to ...
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Change user's name in KDE

I want to setup my real name in 'System Settings' - 'Account Details' - 'Password & User Account' but when I click 'Apply' there is a dialog asking me for my password and I type it correctly but ...
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How To Run Program As A Different User [closed]

I'm trying to launch programs as a different user than what I'm logged in as. For testing I've been using gedit. When I type sudo -u app_restricted gedit, I get an error, app_restricted being the ...
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How can the username be removed from the lock screen?

When the lock screen is active (it can e.g. be activated with Ctrl+Alt+L) the username is shown. How can I remove the username from the lock screen? I want the lock screen to simply not display the ...
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Invalid UTF-8 as username?

In my top panel, my username shows up as "[Invalid UTF-8]". Yet, on the login screen, it is correct. I had this problem once before and I was able to fix it, but I can't remember where I found how to ...
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Ubuntu prompts me for a username and password when i didn't make one for Ubuntu [duplicate]

When I burned Ubuntu to a disc and tried it without installing it prompts me for a username and password when I didn't make one for Ubuntu. Do I keep them blank or do I use my Windows username and ...
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Change username in print que

Hi I am using my Ubuntu 13.04 to print to my workplace. Everything works fine, the printer prints ok but the username shown in the print queue of the printer is the one I have on my laptop and not my ...
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Is there a single line command to do `su`?

I can do an su with su <username> and it asks for my password. Is there a password parameter for su such that i wont be prompted for a password? e.g. su <username> -p <password>
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problem sharing printer via samba in Ubuntu server 12.04

I have cannon ImageRunner 1133 I want to share it through samba with cups server installed on Ubuntu server 12.04 it works all fine I installed samba and cups server ubuntu and windows clients can ...
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How do I remove the unity 2D option in lightdm (login sceen) in ubuntu 12.04?

Because I wish to view my full username at login, I want to remove the "Unity 2D" option at the login screen. Currently the last part of the username (after the 20th digit) is hidden behind the ...
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Changing Full Name [closed]

I can't change my Full Name (registered erroneously). I did login and tried to change it. In the windows application it still shows the erroneous Full Name. Thanks
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How to log in after attempting to change my username with mv?

I wanted to change my username on my computer running Ubuntu 14.04. I tried sudo mv old name/ new name/ in home. I restarted and now I cannot log in. I enter my password and nothing happens. It is ...
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Who created files in “/proc” with my username?

I just learned about file security, user & group, etc. And I appreciate a lot about the elegance of the filesystem of linux. My username is lyg, and I found there are some files with owner lyg in ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 live cd while booting asks for username and password (Installing in Virtual Box)

Guys i am trying to install Ubuntu 14.04 in my virtual box, but it repeatedly asks for username and password. Not able to solve this problem, None of my ubuntu .iso asked this before installation.. ...
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How do I change my display name on login?

When installing Ubuntu it asked me for a name. I entered it as name (space) lastname. Now when I get to login screen, it greets me by that name. I want to change it, in fact to remove last name.
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server needs username and password to logon which is not known

i got a used server and don't know the username and password to login. Anyone know how i can reset the username and password without needing to wipe everything and starting from scrach?
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After changing user directory name Ubuntu stuck at boot

I recently bought a new desktop with Ubuntu 14.04 on it. It came with username "user". So I wanted to change the username as well as the name of my home directory. So I followed the instructions on ...
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Ubuntu Server Change Username [duplicate]

I currently only have 1 user account on my ubuntu server. I would like to change the user name without creating another account. Is there a way to do this? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Getting Full User Name Wrong

Why when I issue a command like: awk -F: -v U="$LOGNAME" '$1==U{print $5}' /etc/passwd or grep $USER /etc/passwd | awk 'BEGIN { FS=":" } { print $5 }' is displayed Diogo Saraiva,,, instead of ...
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Disable editing full name user

I have some Ubuntu 14.04 desktops in a school environment with a user account named "Student" for student purposes. Some students replace the username's full name with random stuff, which is possible. ...
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How to change the username and computer name?

I clone my No.1 OS in VMware, the username and computer name are node1, now i clone it and want to make the cloned one's username and computer name became node2. how can i do ?