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Why does Tor unexpectedly exit every time I open it?

Every time I try to run tor it unexpectedly exits and I get this in my terminal: (process:28965): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion 'sys_page_size == 0' failed Aug 04 01:38:35.833 ...
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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 can I make the files created by one user readable/writable by another? [duplicate]

I have a user account I created with no password to run some daemons on my server. I want my user account to be able to read,write, and delete files created by this user. How do I do this? Both users ...
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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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System-level energy/power preferences

In Windows, mmc allows to set energy/power preferences for all users at a system-level: they can't change these settings until an administrator unlocks them. Is there any way to do the same in ...
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deluser not working

I am having an issue removing a user from the sudo group. I may be doing it wrong. I added a user to the group to gain access to a file but now I want to remove that privilege. I first did sudo ...
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Is it possible for users not to be in passwd? [closed]

So I have a shell on a remote server. [alexandros.dimos@fep-62-1 ~]$ whoami alexandros.dimos [alexandros.dimos@fep-62-1 ~]$ cat /etc/passwd this too long the point is my user is not ...
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how to activate root user [duplicate]

I'd prefer to use root user as my default user instead of writing sudo command to get temporary root access. is the root user disabled by default ? how can i start using root user? what are the ...
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Adding users with my same configuration

I want to add a user in the way it preserves my actual configuration (basically access to local programs) but without administrator privileges. Is it possible? The basic code: sudo adduser username ...
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How do I enable/disable guest account in Trusty 14.04.1

Only my user is shown on greeter, guest is not, my wife is not. This is a system I reinstalled from 12.04-i386 to 14.04-amd64, reformating all but /home. Even a user created from Trusty won't show on ...
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Unable to remove domain name from 14.04

I have a domain called "csez.testcorp.com". I have created a user called "admin". But in terminal it appears as "testcorp\admin@admin:~$" I want to remove the testcorp in front of the domain user ...
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I don't want other administrator to change my password [duplicate]

I have one administrator account in my system which named as "admin". One more admin account called "test". I don't want test account to reset "admin" account and root account password in my system. ...
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Find where your files are being used

Im running a server with no GUI. Is there a way to find where my files are being called? I want to know which files are calling my /bin/auto-root-login. I want to know this because my system uses ...
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External drive user permissions

I have an external drive I've set up to mount at /media/'name of directory' The permissions on the drive show the group as "users", with access "Create and delete files" (I set that using chown). But ...
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I've changed my computer host name, but it's not affected on files? [closed]

I have changed the name of a newer laptop to my name, but all files etc., are still referred to as the old name. In your discription to change host name using CMD prompt, I didn't understand how to ...
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How to enable password for administrator user account [duplicate]

I disabled the password for my user account while I was logged in (I was the only administrator). But I did not enable automatic login. I switched user to "Guest", but when I switched back to my ...
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Moving away from ROOT user

I've recently been asked to help out a friend with some server and website issues they have been having, nothing major really. However I found out that since the day they got their VPS everything, ...
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Hide a particular account from user accounts

How to hide a particular administrator account from user accounts in system settings? I need it for security reasons. Is it possible?
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I can't add myself(default user) in sudo group in ubuntu [duplicate]

I accidentally changed my primary group using the following command. sudo usermod -g localgroup shantanu #shantanu is my username I interrupted this process as soon as I realize what is happening. ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 x64 one account launcher not showing

On my account on my computer (and my only one) doesn't want to show the launcher. I know this was asked before but none of their answers worked, like ccms. The top bar doesn't show up either. All that ...
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Script To Logout Root and Login User

I was wondering if there was a way to make a script that logouts of root or takes the automatic root login and logs in a user. This is for security reason so that the user cannot change important ...
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Ubuntu complains that I am not “Owner” when copying files to certain folders

I am trying to copy a folder into the user/share/themes folder on Ubuntu 14.04, and it's telling me I cannot do this because I am not "owner". So I right-clicked the usr/share/themes folder > ...
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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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cannot login to my account after recovering my password, ubuntu 13.10

I forgot my password to my admin account, so i tried to recover it many times, change it etc... I tried it through grub, no luck. Finally I succeeded through tty. so now I have a working passwd, ...
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best practice for sharing data between users [duplicate]

I'm new to ubuntu and i've partitioned disk as follows / 100G swap 30g -- i need to run virtuals /home 500g and that structure after searching the problem I face is where to put files for ...
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useradd not asking for a password?

I created new users from the terminal using sudo useradd -g mygroup testuser but I wasn’t prompted to set a password? why was that? the users have now been created but I need to set a password for ...
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How to connect to MS exchange server 2010 from evolution with a multiuser account

I have latest evolution client, which works well with my private mail and is running through MS exchange 2010. I have configured it via Exchange Web Services. I Can receive and send without problems. ...
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I lost my user and my home

Yesterday I started Ubuntu and when I put in my password at the login screen it said "password incorrect". I ran the Ubuntu check disk utility and an error said "2 problems press any key to ...
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Why does Ubuntu keep asking me for another super user's password?

I have two users: misha-local (the first user I created when installing Ubuntu) misha (a user authenticated against an LDAP server) I'm logged in as misha. misha@misha-antec:~$ whoami misha ...
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Different users with different encrypted workplace?

When installing Ubuntu there is an option to encrypt the workplace. Now for one user I would have an encrypted place. That´s fine, but what if I would like to add later a second user. For that user2 I ...
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Change guest username

Now, looking around on Google shows me some ways in which to customise the settings of the Guest session. But, I would love a way to change the name of the Guest account. Basically, I'm planning to ...
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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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Is adding a user needs password [duplicate]

In my Ubuntu after login by my user account, I want to create another user I intered bellow commands : adduser alex_2 -m I created new user, but when I want to login, Ubuntu needs passwords and I ...
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Virtual filesystem acting as a clone+difference of a master filesystem

At my company about 10 devs share an ubuntu dev server. We have separate code directories, but due to our database size (about 50 GB), it isn't practical to clone the mysql database for each ...
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How can I have the HOME directory for one user on an external drive?

I want to have the HOME directory of one user on an external drive and the HOME directories of all other users in the usual place.
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Create read only user and grant SSH access

I need to create read-only users and make it available for them to SSH with that user name: groupadd -g 5000 rouser useradd -u 5000 -g 5000 -md /home/rouser -c "StrongView Linux User" -s /bin/bash ...
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Which user is logged in, with likewise and Ubuntu12.4?

I need to know which user is logged in my computer but with likewise package installed it does not work. I've used the following commands who users psutil.get_users()[with python] in all cases the ...
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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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Cannot delete user - running '/usr/sbin/userdel' failed: Child process exited with code 16

When I tried to delete a user using the User Accounts window under Settings, I get the following error message: running '/usr/sbin/userdel' failed: Child process exited with code 16 How can I delete ...
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What is the different between an Normal and Admin account?

What is the different between an Normal user account and the Admin account in Ubuntu? You must always enter your password if you want do something. Can you give a Normal account "limitations" to do ...
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Is it possible to allow the User Account to access the 'Volumes' without asking the Administrator's password?

Am the administrator of my Ubuntu system. Recently I added a new user account. But when ever the user tries to access or open the 'Volumes'(Drives where movies, songs and other files are stored) it ...
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Sharing files to another account

I have just opened an account on the system settings on my pc for family members. I want to put some pictures and videos from my account on to theirs.
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Run script in /etc/rc.local under specific user

I am using portia (https://github.com/scrapinghub/portia) and I have set the following command in my rc.local: cd /home/portia/portia/slyd && twistd slyd Problem here is that the ...
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Samba: change primary group for domain user mapped with winbind

I use the setup that utilize mixture of local and domain accounts. Local accounts: for Domain users that poses local user on UNIX box I use static user map file. These users are mapped correctly. ...
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sudo adduser to set default directory

I used sudo adduser to add a new user for webmaster, so I set home directory to /var/www to let this user have rights to save file on the web server. I just realized that I use webmaster account to ...
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Lost user login on upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10

I just upgraded to 13.10 this weekend (I know 14.04 is out, I'm not doing that yet) and have lost my login. There used to be two user accounts I could choose to log in from on the startup page, mine ...
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user postgres cannot access drive even after permissions and group membership are provided

I have been working on this for the better part of the morning. So I upgraded to ubuntu 14.04 last night, and that went smoothly. But there is an issue with the postgres user and access to my ...
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How to create two users who can read files of each other?

How to create 2 users a and b from shell, that will be able to read files of each other( say a can read the files of b, and b can read the files of a) . sudo adduser newuser sudo passwd newuser
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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 login to my account, I know the password

I use Xubuntu 14.04 64 bit. I was watching a movie, the desktop froze (as usual duh!), I logged out using a terminal, and couldn't log in to my account after that, I'm using a terminal. I type my ...