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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...