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Unable to Login (Ubuntu 11.10)

I'm having a weird issue. When I put my password using my account (ramiz) on the login screen of GUI, a blink of screen and it take me back to the login screen. I tried with Guest user and it is ...
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Which group do I need to add a user to to give them access to editing network connections?

I'd specifically like them to be able to use the Network Manager.
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How do I list all users logged into Gnome 3?

I use Gnome 3 and I have 2 desktops on it (2 users). Both of them are logged simultaneously and I navigate between desktops via Switch User option. Sometimes, my other desktop won't load and I kill ...
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How to change my account type from standard to administrator? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? I just re-installed my Ubuntu 11.10, and I accidently changed my account type from admin to standard and I don't have a second ...
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Can issetuid() be cleared for a child process? [closed]

I have a wrapper script A which is calling program B. A must be invoked as root so some initial setup can happen. After that, A calls setuid() and setgid() to reduce its own privileges, for safety and ...
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How to activate User after changing UID with usermod?

Logged in as root and I changed the UID of user 'carmen' via terminal-command usermod -u 502 carmen but now user 'carmen' doesn't show up anymore on the login-screen (where you can choose, which ...
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How do I show recently logged in users in GDM?

All of our machines here access a directory server for most accounts, and have one local account (well, plus all of the standard ones) The login screen only ever shows the one local account ('nadmin')...
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Users Restriction ( Limit On Executing Files )

I want to create a user in such a way that he/she cannot execute any file i don't want users to have " x " permissions of any file they create i m using Ubuntu 11.10 UPDATE i tryed chmod 700 ...
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Simple & easy way to jail users

I need a simple and easy way to jail users in their home directories in Oneiric. Do you have a simple configuration for jailing users, with full help, or some good web links? I would be offering an ...
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How do I restrict user bandwidth usage?

I want to restrict each user to 300 gigabytes of internet usage per month. Are there any GUI or command-based tools to manager my users' bandwidth?
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Changing groups as nonadmin

Recently, I accidently lowered my privledges on Ubuntu. I was trying to add vboxusers group to my account, and quickly googled to fund out I can add groups by sudo usermod -G vboxusers USER Unaware ...
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Setting A System For Public Use

I am setting a system up for public use I want to set some rules on the usage of computer so that the users are restricted to some particular areas of the system and they don't play with sensitive ...
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Why does switching users completely hang my system every time?

I have a fresh install of 11.04 64bit, with 2 administrator accounts and 4 normal accounts. The 4 normal accounts (the kids' accounts) don't have passwords, they can login simply by clicking on their ...
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How to find out how many people have downloaded from PPAs [duplicate]

How do I find out how many people use a particular PPA. I see on a particular PPA ; Package build summary A total of 108 builds have been dispatched for this PPA. Completed builds 108 successful 0 ...
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Prevent Standard users from seeing and mounting drives

My user id is 1000 and second user id is 1001 and my fstab entry for the drives are # /media/Data_Ext4 was on /dev/sda7 during installation UUID=1c2862cf-5838-49a7-bcef-715319a7841e /media/Data_Ext4 ...
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When Ubuntu asks for an admin user's password, how does it decide which administrative user to ask for?

I am setting up an Ubuntu (10.10) machine that will be used by several people. It is a shared machine in a small office. Its primary roles are hosting virtual machines with VirtualBox and serving ...
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How can I set up different startup profiles?

I'm fairly sure this is a basic question, nevertheless I'm having some problems with solving this. I'm trying to set up different startup profiles set specifically to different activities... like ...
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How do I import a Windows vista User Account on my partitioned drive?

While I was installing Ubuntu it asked if I wanted to import a user from Vista. I chose one but I do not know how to get to it or if it even was imported.
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I cannot create a user with an encrypted homedir

In previous versions of Ubuntu you could create users with encrypted partition from the "User Accounts" GUI utility. Now this option is absent from Ubuntu 11.10 (oneiric). How can you create a user ...
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How can I give admin permissions to my account? [duplicate]

11.10 has allowed me to (stupidly) remove my admin level login leaving me with only my standard log in. I am no longer able to modify any software, update etc. How can I 'uprate' my user login back ...
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I need some data on the distribution of Ubuntu users

I'm a research scholar in JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi). Now I'm doing a paper in International Political Economy of Windows and Ubuntu. These are two similar products that use ...
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Unable to do administrative tasks/install packages

I've installed Ubuntu 10.10 using Wubi, but it doesn't seem that I have proper priveleges or something to install software or do other administrative tasks. If anyone has any suggestions, tips, ...
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How do I set up new users with skel

i have on my server a settings i use for all my users. every time i create a new user i have to copy all the settings over and over. for example: .vimrc. .profile .bashrc firefox homepage to our ...
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How do I make the public folder not appear in the home folder of new accounts?

When I create a new user, how do I tell Ubuntu not to create a Public sub-folder?
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Adding user with custom home directory, and setup mysql user/password

I want to have a way of easily adding users with a custom home directory. Also setting up an FTP & MySQL Username/Password. How might be an good way of doing that? I am thinking something like a ...
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What happened to my files?

After a successful upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 a gradual deterioration occurred -- my laptop became unstable with updates -- I corrected the Aspell file, only to have another appear, I sought but I ...
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How to remove a user from a group?

I added a user account to the admin group and discovered I added wrong user. So I now have to remove the account from the admin group. How can I remove an account from a group without deleting the ...
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What's the regular way to add an admin user?

I have installed an Ubuntu server cloud version on my AWS instance. Anyway the default user name is specified as ubuntu, and i don't like it. Because I have my own policy for admin account name. So I'...
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Deleted Myself from Admin Group - Now Getting Error usermod: cannot lock /etc/passwd; try again later [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Cannot lock '/etc/group' in recovery mode I have a laptop with Ubuntu 11.10 that is shared between myself and two other family members. My user id was setup as the ...
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Add user to existing Group

I want to add the Apache user (www-data) to the audio group. I've read the man page for useradd, but I'm not having any luck. I'm running xubuntu 11.10. Here's what I'm doing: $ sudo useradd -G audio ...
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How is Ubuntu tracking progress towards 200 million users?

Given that ubuntu has a very public goal of reaching 200 million users, how will we know when this goal has been reached? Is a public and transparent method for counting Ubuntu users being used? Is ...
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How to select which account is logged in at system startup, or none?

I'm helping out some friends with a tiny hospitality business where one desktop computer has some files used by the business in one account "hotel" but it's mostly used by guests for browsing the web ...
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Guest User Ubuntu 11.10 Guest User [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I disable the guest session? How do I disable the guest user in ubuntu 11.10 when using sudo edit lightdm.conf I am not able to open the file Thanks
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Secure my root account

i want to know how to change the user name of my root account from root to xyz. Also I want to know how to remove the option of boot into rescue mode from grub option at the boot time.
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Unble to use administrator account created without password

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 two days back. Today I added a user named vivi and set it to administrator. And I just changed vivek, my username, to standard user. Now, since I created new user vivi, I have ...
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How to change username in top-right panel?

So I used 'Users and Groups' option under System to change my username and home directory, but even after I restarted, the top-right session panel has my old username. How can I change it?
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Change user password while password is empty [duplicate]

I have a realy strange problem in Ubuntu 11.10. I have by accident my password set to empty. If I wan't to install software now the system asks for a password, but I haven't one anymore. If I enter my ...
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What is the significance of the group created along side a user?

As I was reading answers to this question asking how to change usernames, a suggestion to change of the name of the group was also made in this answer. What is the significance of the groups whose ...
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Migrate FTP users from one server to another

I have a situation where I have ~10 FTP users, and I need to migrate them from one server (server A) to another (server B). The userdata (so their files) are in /home/<username>, so moving that ...
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How do I fine-tune user privileges?

In previous versions of Ubuntu, I was able to fine-tune user privileges easily via a tool. However, the present version apparently only allows two levels: standard or administrator. How do I e.g. give ...
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Why doesn't 'w' or 'who' command show all logged in users?

I have Ubuntu 11.10 installed on a laptop shared by multiple members of our family. When I execute the 'w' or 'who' command from a command line, I only see my account even though there are three users ...
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What open source configuration management software with a GUI is available?

I want to mange multiple ubuntu desktop(10.04,11.04 and 11.10) from server. Like i want do following list of thing 1) policy management 2) package management 3) Various system Administration thing 4)...
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How do I prevent a user from customizing the panel in Xubuntu?

I need to set up one of the accounts in my Xubuntu 11.10 machine as essentially a kiosk. I have set up the desktop and assigned only certain icons to the panel, and now I just want to lock the panel ...
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Authenticate user that has no password? [duplicate]

I've set up my user account so that no password is required to login and I need to install some updates. However when prompted for the password, it says authentication failed if I leave the box blank....
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How can I restore a deleted username using its old home folder?

I recently upgraded my ubuntu 11.04 to 11.10, but while playing around trying to restore the GNOME classic (I really don't like the unity), I screwed something up. Ubuntu did not came back after ...
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Trouble authenticating and with groups. Phantom duplicate user account?

I'm sometimes having trouble authenticating and it seems I'm no longer a member of the 'admin' group. Or I am.... but I have two user accounts with the same name and only one of them is... or ...
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Admin users on an Ubuntu Core installation

I installed Ubuntu Core using these instructions, and added a user. But when I try to add the user to the admin group, it says the group does not exist. What do I do? PS I had to install sudo, ...
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How to become administrator again [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I add myself back as a sudo user? Well I was messing around with the user accounts and I noticed that my account was listed under "administrator". I knew that wasn'...
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How to make guest sessions start with Unity 2D by Default?

My PC does not have enough resources to run two accounts in Unity 3D. When I open a guest account from an already started session, it uses Unity 3D by default. How do I change that?
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Can I add (and show) a user photo(s) in LightDM?

I am wondering if there is an option for adding and showing a user photo in LightDM ?