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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ?
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My only account is not in the sudo group

I installed Ubuntu 11.10 with a username fooname. And then I did something like sudo usermod -G vboxsf fooname Then, guess what: no one is a sudoer. How can fooname be back as a sudoer? In ...
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Where's admin tools gone in 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage users and groups? (GUI) In 11.10, with Unity, I do not see all the admin tools. Especially, I want to access "Users and Groups" tool. Where is it? Should I ...
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Upgrade from 11.04 to 11.10 - My User Do not load

To developers and administration :) I am developer so my work depends on OS on which I work. As additional software I installed Unity2D desktop from repository and OpenBox. A couple a days ago, ...
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How do I unlock a user account?

I've been to system settings and to User Accounts. My account is the only one on the system and I have previously been able to UnLock the screen so that I could set my account to login without ...
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Unable to login after changing 'root' name in /etc/passwd

I have ubuntu server on AWS(amazon web services) EC2 . I access it remotely through Putty service on my windows. Unfortunately i have changed the username 'root' to some other editing the file ...
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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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Directory error when trying to create a new user

I added a second user 'shirley' in Settings -> User Accounts, and set a password. The account type is Standard. In 11.04, this worked and I logged in and had a functioning desktop for this user. How ...
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Why does my name show as [Invalid UTF-8]? [closed]

I just did an upgrade (from 10.10 -> 11.04 -> 11.10) and am trying to get everything figured out. I notice that when I log in, my name is [Invalid UTF-8]. Where is this coming from, and how can I ...
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How to set user rights in 11.10? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage users and groups? (GUI) I remember having a list of options of what a user can do in previous versions. For example, I want a standard user to be able to ...
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How to manage users and groups?

Just switched from 10.04 to 11.10. I'm wondering about the limited options in the GUI for managing users and groups. Where is the old GUI to change groups, id's, etc. I know that I can do this from ...
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Users and groups icon not showing [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to manage users and groups? (GUI) I'm trying to setup virtualbox in my ubuntu 11.10 install but I can't find the icon for users and groups to change the settings and ...
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How to log in into Windows Ubuntu One Client as an restricted Windows User (Windows 7)?

I have generated an account as Windows admin, but now I want to use the client as a restricted user. When I try to login there, it appears only the message "Getting information, please wait..." but ...
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Including application crons

I have 5 web applications. The directory structure is similar to following: /var `- /www `- /domains `- /domain1 `- ...
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Hidden accounts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to hide users from the login screen? When you start up Ubuntu, it displays the usernames you can log on as as well as an "Other" option, where you are then prompted ...
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Allow user to execute sudo commands

I've looked at Add user to "sudo" group and added user (say 'abc') to sudo group But now when user 'abc' tries to use sudo commands ubuntu says, 'abc' is not in sudoers list, this incident ...
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How do I set the default icon set and wallpaper for new users?

I would like to change the default icon set and wallpaper so when a new user is created they have them automatically.
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Giving a single user write permissions

I want to grant a single user write permissions to a directory owned by root over command line. With chmod, it seems that I can only change the permissions for owner, group and other, not for a ...
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How to downgrade user permissions on a java app after opening port 80/443

I'm a Java developer writing a web app (Jetty server). Are there any guides out there are how I might downgrade user permissions using Java? Most native Linux apps will start as root, open ...
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How to physically separate partitions for User/Home access on demand?

I'm searching for months (if not years) now for a solution to the following problem: I wish to have a general setup based on the following: PC/Laptop/Notebook/Server with ... 1 (ONE) S-ATA ...
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Can I have a single login for multiple machines?

I've got three identical machines for my 3 kids, running Narwhal, but I'd like to replicate the user accounts across all 3 so anyone can login on any machine without me having to create all accounts ...
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unity not working with main user (created under previous ubuntu version), working with a new user

My graphic card is a NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 470, under the previous ubuntu version the driver was showed as installed but not activated, so I dont had unity 3-D. I updated to Oneiric Beta. The new updated ...
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User “nobody” keeps showing on the user list after being excluding some users [closed]

I did some googling but there were people with same problem(more on why than problem) But nothing explains reason why "nobody" shows up after excluding some users from login screen user list. I can ...
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How to make secondary partition accessible to me (and root) only

I have workstation with 160GB HDD capacity. I have partitioned it with: 40GB -- for OS(Ubuntu) Installation 40GB -- for my personal data, and 80GB -- for all other (public) data. I have ...
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I accidentally removed myself from sudoers, how can I fix this? [duplicate]

I have one admin account and recently I have accidentally added myself to a single group (usermod -G without -a). So, I am not in the sudoers file any more. However, it is not possible to log in to ...
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Rote copying the settings/preferences of a user to other users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: how to copy old user account to new user account? I have installed Ubuntu, with username andy, let's say I want to create accounts for Ben, Chris, Dave and Ethan, all ...
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Is there a site where one can poll Ubuntu users?

Is there a place to poll Ubuntu users other than www.ubuntuforums.org? Suppose for instance one wants to ask subjective questions like: Which media player do you use? or Are you satisfied with ...
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w showing wrong number of users logged in

Can anyone explain me why w shows me a wrong number of users currently logged in? root@host ~ # w 20:14:54 up 17:13, 3 users, load average: 0.00, 0.01, 0.05 USER TTY FROM ...
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How to add user without useradd command?

Is it possible to add a user in ubuntu linux without useradd command I think its possible by adding the entries in /etc/passwd and /etc/shadow but i don't know the exact steps to do it and the user ...
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What should I do when some users can see my NTFS drives, and others can't? [closed]

Hi I have two NTFS drive partitions that I want to be able to access from either Windows or Ubuntu 10.04, and it works fine...from MY account. When any of the other Ubuntu accounts are logged in, ...
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Is there any record of group membership changes?

I followed bad instructions and left the -a out of: usermod -a -G wireshark ak Now all of my groups have been lost, including sudo permissions: $ groups ak wireshark If I understand correctly, I ...
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Is is possible to have a different sources.list file on the same machine, and each assigned to a different user account?

I want to set up a user account on my laptop to access the network of my office, and in order to do that i need to install applications using my office ubuntu repos, is it possible to create a sources ...
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How do I give multiple users access to a Windows NTFS partition?

I have USB hard-drive connected to my Ubuntu (11.04) machine. Every time I reboot the computer and login it mounts the hard-drive. Since the disk has NTFS on it, Linux assigns some user to be the ...
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how to copy old user account to new user account?

my old user account is not working at all some corrupted files i guess... the other 2 accounts are working normal. so i create a new admin account and i wonder how can i copy all my settings, ...
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How can I prevent users from accessing the root directory?

While still allowing my account to access the root directory. I've tried adding myself to the root group with $ sudo adduser myaccount root but when I do $ sudo chmod o-r /etc followed by $ cd /etc $ ...
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What is a user-friendly way to log off other users?

What is the Ubuntu equivalent of this interface? I am looking for a user-friendly method that the owner of a computer can use to log off other users without having to restart. The case I'm ...
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Why is there a user called CouchDB Administrator on my system?

It's clogging up my GDM login screen. Also, what would happen if I deleted this user?
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Set default group for user when they create new files?

I often find myself chown-ing files as I created them through SSH and they are owned by jm:jm for example. Then to allow Apache to access it, I need to for example do chown jm:www-data. I am sure ...
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How can I restrict changing of the keyboard layout to root users only? [closed]

Is there any way by which I can disable "changing the keyboard layout" so that only a user with root privileges can change the layout.
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User Independant Share Folder

At the moment, I have a folder in my home directory that is shared on my laptop and can also be accessed by the other windows desktop pcs in my network but now I have decided to make my home folder ...
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Setting up a web server, using multiple user accounts

I’ve just installed Ubuntu Server on a new server and have been looking around for tutorials on setting up a web server with multiple user accounts. How I’ve set small web servers like this in the ...
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Case-sensitivity of account usernames

When installing Ubuntu, we're restricted to lower-case usernames. But recently I registered for a shell based on Ubuntu and logging in is done by the username registered to sign in to that site. The ...
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Why can other users see the files in my home folder?

I just added a new, underprivileged "desktop user," and I was surprised to discover that it can see the files in my home folder. What is the rational for setting up such lax permissions?