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Apache Tomcat cannot be started as a non-root user

I manually started Apache Tomcat 6 via the command $CATALINA_HOME/bin/startup.sh and this is the result - Using CATALINA_BASE: /home/getx/Desktop/apache-tomcat-6.0.37 Using CATALINA_HOME: ...
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My Account not visible in User Accounts

I am currently set to automatically log into this machine and I would like to change that. However, when I go to User Accounts, I am no longer listed. lightdm/users.conf file is as such: ...
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After guest user session used, J. Random user appears in menu

I let someone that borrowed my computer for email etc, and they logged into a guest session, they did their business and I logged back into my account. And know I see a "J. Random User" in the unity ...
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Limited Access to Shared Folders

I have the following Configuration: Media PC with Ubuntu 12.04 which has an external disk connected via usb. The external Disk has two Partitions, one for Data and one for Media. Additionally the ...
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How to create a new user without home directory and with specific UID

How can I add a new user "Kids" with UID = 500 and without home directory with adduser command in terminal? I'm trying this: sudo adduser --no-create-home --uid ID 500 Kids and after correctly ...
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Skype: Microphone only working for one Ubuntu user

I've had Problems with Skype for a bit, but managed to fix some of them (using Skype from the repos to make it work with Pulseaudio, fixing cracking sounds as described in ...
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Configuring logrotate without root access (per user log rotation)

How best can logrotate be configured, on a per-user basis, to rotate files in the home directory of the user, under control of a per-user 'crontab -e'?
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What are the disadvantages of having a dot in a user name?

A student just asked what could be the downside of having a dot (. ) in the name of the user. For example: john.doe How will this affect the system or any apps for that matter?
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I attempeted to format ubuntu

I was trying to format ubuntu so i selected Restore to Factory Settings but nothing happened so i deleted all the partitions including the admin so now i am trying to make the partitions using guest ...
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Service account shows up on login screen

I've manually created a service user account on my machine, and I'm surprised to see it on the Unity login screen. I searched this site and I've seen people had problems with this, but in those cases, ...
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Give user write access to folder [duplicate]

How do i give the user 'testuser' write privileges on the folder: /var/www/test/public_html
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How I set the home directory and shell for a new user? [duplicate]

I am using 12.04 on my server. I created a new user using adduser me and passwd me and added it to sudo when I login this is what I see. Could not chdir to home directory /home/me: No such file or ...
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Should I make the Jump from Windows 8 [closed]

I feel like trying something new. I'm on Windows 8 right now and I use it simply for using the internet, gaming, and homework. I'm mostly scared of compatibility issues. Do you think I would enjoy the ...
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How can I disable the Terminal Emulator for certain users?

How to prevent specific users from using the terminal emulator?! I make a trick by writing a script in .bashrc which request a user to enter a password to be able to use the terminal emulator. But ...
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Why are there multiple Root users in Database?

I'm trying to setup ownCloud in a test lab. At the setup screen (initial login over from the web), I'm having a heck of a time connecting to the MySQL database. I can't log in as either ...
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New Standard user autoloads on boot

I've been using Ubuntu since about v8.09, now running 13.10, but only ever as a single user - and I'm a user, not a programmer or guru. Now I have a new partner who would like to learn to use a ...
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how to become a permanent root user in ubuntu [duplicate]

I have found some solutions but what I want to do is I want to become a root user "permanently". When I restart computer I still want to stay as a root user. I don't want to use termanial everytime to ...
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Unable to change user password

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and I have lost the password and the system will not allow me to delete or change the password. I've attempted to use the advance method through the Grub but all I get is an error ...
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Gear menu - switch account doesn't work

Running Ubuntu 13.10. I open the gear menu, and see a list of users. Clicking on them does nothing. Shouldn't it allow me to switch accounts? Follow up: If I am logged in as a user that doesn't have ...
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Problem in deleting a user

I m trying to delete a user. I was logged in from Root and tried a delete a existing user using userdel -r sammy(sammy is the user name) it is showing a error that the user is currently logged in but ...
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unable to delete user

I tried to delete a user: # deluser someuser Removing user `someuser' ... Warning: group `someuser' has no more members. userdel: user someuser is currently logged in /usr/sbin/deluser: ...
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inspiron laptop for Dell [duplicate]

I have a Dell inspiron laptop computer when I turn on the computer it asks for a system or administrative password when I enter that it takes me to a user screen how do I get another user and password ...
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Dual boot with SteamOS, how to handle /home and accounts

My offspring is bullying me to install SteamOS (and I'm curious). We have and existing Ubuntu 13.10 and free space for the SteamOS root. /home lives on its own partition. What I wonder: - can I use ...
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Setting up a user account for a web server

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu/Linux. I'm setting up a lighttpd webserver and I think I need to set up a webserver/daemon user account to get it going. The config file is asking for server.username and ...
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Create new user and assign it's only access to /home/ [duplicate]

We're on Ubuntu Server 12.04 I would like to create multiple users and assign them to a few directories that are already made. Example: mcadmin:/home/* mcadmin2:/home/dir1/* mcadmin3:/home/dir2/* ...
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Problem with Winbind/Samba

I've been having an issue on my network that has completely vexed me. I have three workstations running Ubuntu 13.04, one Windows 7 workstation, and three servers on Ubuntu Server 12.04. One of the ...
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Do I need lvm password and passeord for my user-account

Just install an new copy of Ubuntu 13.10 Now it give me the option to make an password on my lvm-volume.. But then I have to password to write, to do an full login! My lvm-password and password for ...
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How do I change my logname? [duplicate]

How do I change my logname?For e.g: xyz@ubuntu in the terminal how do I change xyz? I have tried this command usermod -l *newname* -d /home/*newname* -m *oldname* but that gave me an error user ...
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Is there a way to check if others are logged into server when you are?

I am logged into Ubuntu server via ssh and I would like to know if another user is logged in via SSH as well. Is there a command that I can run to accomplish this?
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sudo useradd wont make home directory

I have an automatic script which works, only it just never makes a home directory. The data is extracted from a database. Heres the script: $SQL -s -e "SELECT uid, password FROM registrations WHERE ...
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sudo deluser --remove-home root

When I type sudo deluser --remove-home root it says that 'it may make the whole system unusable so stopping now without performing any action" and it doesn't work. Can you explain me why? Thank you
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User for Service Ganglia no Longer Exists on Reboot

I've got a small cluster running Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 LTS on all of the nodes. Ganglia is running on it to monitor loads on the cluster, and for the most part it works great. One issue that I'm ...
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How many users can I create with useradd without having a visible performace degradation

Assuming that I have a PC with 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM. How many users can I create with useradd without noticing a visible change in performance in server file operations like (copying files form ...
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Giving www-data access to files with 750 permissions

I have a situation where I want to prevent users of the system to browse each other's home dirs. So all home dirs have 750 permissions, instead of 755. Some users have www folders where they host ...
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How do I disable the administrators account?

My school gave me this Ubuntu laptop and it still has its schools administrators account on it. How can I get rid of it?
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I can not get 'motion' working… seems to ignore changes to .conf file

I am trying to use 'motion' to setup some simple video surveillance in Ubuntu 12.10. I installed motion and edited the /etc/motion/motion.conf file, but it seems like the program is ignoring the ...
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Create file for new user

I'm creating custom build of Ubuntu with some installed packages. My question is how to put a file on desktop automatically after creating new user? For example something.txt containing some text.
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Additional user cannot open display [duplicate]

I'm trying to use Wireshark as a non-root user. There is a user called wireshark on my system that is allegedly allowed to capture frames, so I try to run Wireshark as him. The problem is that when I ...
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Create Ubuntu version that refreshes after each restart

This is my first time posting on this forum so I hope what I am asking for makes sense. On weekends I admin the computers in a small learning center in my city where underprivileged kids can come and ...
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sudo mysqldump : Permission denied

I am trying to run sudo mysqldump with user account but I get : Permission denied message If I switch to sudo su then it works. The question is why sudo gives permission denied? should i give ...
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How to add users to vboxusers

So I want to use my flashdrive in Windows XP, which I am currently running in Virtualbox, but when I open up the settings to enable usb usage, I get an error: Failed to access the USB subsystem. ...
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Session User login problem, when I wake-up my Laptop from suspend

After I upgraded to 13.10, there are many few problem about login when I wake-up from suspend, after I have done the other activity. Illustration: When I wake-up from suspend in my laptop and I login ...
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Home directory not being created

I am trying to understand system administration on Ubuntu. So, as an example, I create a dummy user using sudo useradd -d /home/linda linda and the passwd to create a the password. I check that an ...
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Users association/handling for package's created users group

Which is the best way to deal with users in case of new package installation and creation of new users group? Lets suppose printing subsystem wasn't installed with Ubuntu or some other distribution ...
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Why no PGAdmin in launcher for standard user?

I have installed PGAdmin and it all works well. But when I log in as a Standard User on Ubuntu 12.04 I don't see PGAdmin in the launcher. I have other programs like Libre Office, Lazarus and ...
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Locate a user's bashrc file

Really confused. Upon running cat etc/passwd I have found this: postgres:x:117:126:PostgreSQL administrator,,,:/var/lib/postgresql:/bin/bash meaning I have a postgres user, right? I want to ...
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How can run sudo commands inside another user, or grant a user the same privileges as an admin?

Noob here, so just please tell me if this is stupid. Apologies also if the jargon in the title is a little off. Here's my problem. I have a user, postgres which I use for all tasks involving the ...
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Lost privileges since upgrading to 13.10

Since upgrading to 13.10, I no longer have the 'privileges' to do the following things: Mount USB/CDROM drives Run software centre or software updater Press the GUI shut down or restart buttons ...
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Reading mail from system user

When I log into a server, I get You have mail. With alpine and sudo alpine I've deleted all my and root's emails, but there is also a file /var/spool/mail/smmsp. How can I check email from that user? ...
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HELP! I'm locked out of all Ubuntu accounts

I was using these commands in terminal: sudo apt-get install gksu gksu nautilus I needed to move some files from one account into another & then I wanted to rename some of the accounts. I got ...