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Reserved UIDs/GIDs and semi-reserverd UIDs/GIDs

When installing a new system, depending on selected packages, some uids for some packages aren't always the same. eg: 'sshd' may be UID 102, sometimes another value. On the other hand, 'www-data' is ...
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User missing from login, but can log in via SSH

I recently installed WebMin, which may be the root of the problem, I do not know. Regardless, there must be some Ubuntu-specific means of solving my issue. The issue right now is that I am unable to ...
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change default username that appears in the terminal

i wanna change something@something-pcname:~$ to somethingElse@somethingElse-pcname:~$. i have already tried changing the user name from something to somethingElse but the terminal still displays ...
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Remove postgresql and daemon user entries in Ubuntu Logon Screen

I installed ubuntu 13.10 and installed some software. Now I see two new users in the logon screen called daemon and postgres. How can this happen? Is there a way to remove these entries from logon ...
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13.04 Ringtail USB installation overwrote my username

I had to use an .iso USB to upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 Ringtail. Great results, except the USB stick install app asked me to provide an identity so I provided the same one I used for 12.10 . ...
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Standar Users and wifi connection

I just can´t find the way to make that the system doesn´t ask for Admin pass when an standard users want to change their wifi connection.
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Move data from others user accounts in my user account

I had problems with compiz setting and I make multiple accounts, now I want to transfer my information from all deleted users in my current account, some data I can not copy because I am not right to ...
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How to change the UID of a user with an encrypted home directory

How can I change the UID of a user with an encrypted home directory?
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This location could not be displayed You do not the permissions necessary to view the contents of www

I cant acces /var/www all of the sudden... also I would like to just give the user "loko" all the permissions. How can i get the error I am getting all of the sudden and how to fix it? Yesterday it ...
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Should I use a separate 'admin' user as my “root sudo” or grant sudo to my 'app' user?

I'm still wrapping my brain around the Ubuntu 'nullify root' user management philosophy (and Linux in general) and I'm wondering if I should 'replace' my root user with a user called 'admin' (which ...
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where is recent user list in gdm3 stored? I want to clear the list

I tried removing: /var/log/wtmp /var/log/ConsoleKit/history the completet gnome tree in /var/lib and accountservices nothing helped. The user list ist still there. We want to have a fresh box ...
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useradd -p broken in 12.04 LTS?

I have a mail benchmarking application that I need to set up, and part of that includes setting up at least several hundred dummy user accounts. I had this scripted so I could easily recreate the ...
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How do I automatically change to a specific folder on login for an account with no home folder?

Typically I would create a user account and in the home folder, place the cd command in the ~/.bashrc file. For system users, however, with on home folders, the /etc/bash.bashrc file is used instead ...
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vpn connection shortcut for different usersnames and passwords?

can anyone tell me how to create a vpn connection in my desktop that requires both username and password each time ... cuz Im going to install ubuntu 10.04 on an old computer with more than 200 ...
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How to setup custom user write permissions

I've searched Ask Ubuntu's stack, referenced the documentation for FilePermissions and reviewed the User Management documentation on how I can create custom user settings that would write only NEW ...
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What is the “Light Display Manager” user account? [closed]

I installed Ubuntu 13.10 and suddenly I see a new user account to log in to (besides mine), called "Light display manager". Could someone explain why this account appears?
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Data structure altered in user login

What data structure gets altered when a user logs in?
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Invalid User vs. User Not Allowed in ssh log

When looking at the auth.log: From a security perspective, what is the difference between "Invalid User" and "User Not allowed because not listed in "AllowUsers." Examples: Nov 6 10:42:37 ...
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How to access drives that are mounted by other users?

On my PC, I have three user accounts. Suppose I open a drive from the file manager in one account, it gets mounted and can be accessed fine. But when I try to access the same drive from another ...
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Ubuntu errouneously telling me that a username is already taken

I've just installed Ubuntu on my PC, and so far the only user is the one set up through the install process (called master). I'm trying to add a standard user account, but it's not letting me. Every ...
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Standard user password

I'm using Ubuntu 12.04. I was wondering when a standard user is asked for his password, other than on login or lock screen, I am thinking about disabling it completely.
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How to limit user access to selected applications?

I would like to give a user (mom and dad) only access to these 4 applications: Google Chrome Libreoffice Calc and Writer vlcplayer Of course they are locked in the user home directory. And also of ...
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Where is “users and groups” in Ubuntu 13.04? [duplicate]

Previous versions of Ubuntu allowed one to select system>administration>users and groups. What replaces this feature in version 13.04?
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Users not created during installation

I've successfully installed Ubuntu 12.04. On re-booting I was presented with the logon screen and on entering the password for the user, I get an invalid password error. On searching for a solution, ...
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How to create user with sudo privileges from shell script? [duplicate]

I am writing a shell script that will create a user that I will use for deployments. I want to add that user to be able to use sudo without a password. How can I create this user from a shell script ...
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Is there a way to get a separate desktop for each user logged in through VNC?

Hi I am accessing my desktop remotely through VNC server/client connection. I used Vino to establish a remote connection. Now the app which I am building requires provision of a different section in ...
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Run program with group execution permission

I want to run program with execution permissions set to group. Unfortunately bash says "Permission denided". How can I run program as user different that root without giving ownership to this user? ...
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How to become administrator user?

I'm new to this ubuntu 13.04 so in terminal i allways need to start my xampp as a root so please help me i wanna convert my current account as an administrator(root) user.
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Can't paste items into directory if it is made by another user

I can't add documents to directories made by other users of my samba file server. Say I'm user1, and there is another person user2. If user2 makes a folder, and I (user1) try to add something to it, ...
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What happens if I manually change the USER environment variable

After running env in the terminal to check if some of my other variables were persistant across settings I noticed the USER=xxx environment variable. I've had to reinstall Ubuntu before after fooling ...
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Prevent user from viewing and editing /var/www folders

I need to be able to restrict a secondary user that I'm creating from even viewing /var/www as it contains some sensitive information in its PHP files. Currently, the user is able to view the files ...
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Why there are many guest accounts on my system?

After I saw this answer, I realized that there are many guest accounts on my system: grep guest /etc/passwd guest-jzXeRx:x:117:127:Guest,,,:/tmp/guest-jzXeRx:/bin/false ...
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Set logon hours for user accounts [duplicate]

I want to stop a user account from logging in after a specified time. I know how to do this on Windows, but I can't seem to find an a way to do this on Linux.
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Guide to build a simple intranet 3x workstations + 1x server + 1x switch + 1x nas?

I'm quite familiar with single workstation installation and setup etc. with Ubuntu but now I would like to build a small intranet using: 2x or 3x existing workstations, they have the same set of ...
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Cannot mount any file system/USB stick with Nautilus side bar after changing UID of my user

There are a lot of answers in here that describe how to change a user's UID. This is necessary to match it to my NAS and to ease NFS mounts and permissions. BUT: I had to do this on Ubuntu 13.04 and ...
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Can't login as user after upgrade 12.04 to 13.04 [duplicate]

After upgrade I can't log in. Error message: Could not update ICEauthority file /home/username/.ICEauthority This is on a system with 2 partitions. This installation is on /dev/sda5 type ext4. ...
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Is it possible (and safe) to simply delete the encrypted home directory and create a new one?

I lost the passphrase for my account on a server. I have spent more time configuring the settings of the server than I have putting files in my home directory so I want to know if I can just delete ...
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Recover deleted user Files from guest account

I had installed Gmail, and that had created a lot of users on the login screen. So I decided to delete them. But as I deleted them, I lost my user account. Now when I login there's only guest login ...
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How does usermod determine that a user is logged in?

I simply wanted to change the location of the home directory, so I followed these instructions: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir a_user However, Ubuntu 12.04 responds: usermod: user a_user is currently ...
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Unknown user in statoverride file

I had an application installed on my htpc running ubuntu server called mediatomb, a few months ago I uninstalled it and replaced it with a Plex install. At the weekend when querying existing users on ...
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How can I find out my user name?

How do I know my username? I've installed Ubuntu, but I don't know my username, only my password. I can't access my laptop and it can't be opened.
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signature not found in user keyring, perhaps try the interactive 'ecryptfs-mount-private'

My Ubuntu 13.04 froze while working with the encrypted user account USER1 . I rebooted and since then I cant login to the user account USER1 even with correct password. I login in to user account ...
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How to get back root access? (Rootrechte bekommen?) [duplicate]

Translation: I use Xubuntu and have deleted my Admin Account. After I had created a new one which also had administrative rights. I did that becauseof some sound problems which are now gone. Now the ...
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Ubuntu Forums New Log-in?

I registered back in '07. Since that time I have changed email addresses. The current re-registration scheme for a pre-existing account involves sending a confirmation number to the originally ...
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What does the command “users” do?

What does the command "users" do? I don't really get it :( "groups" lists all groups. But "users" not all users. I hope you can help me :) Thanks in advance!
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How to avoid normal users from accessing others likewise home folder?

How can I avoid normal users from accessing other users home folders? All the users login via AD a/c but here in Ubuntu 12.04 anyone can easily access other users home folder including Administrator ...
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Deleted the .wine folder and lost all my data

HELP! I deleted the .wine folder from my user folder and i've lost all my data. How can i get my files back? What happened? I use Ubuntu 12.04! i don't know much about ubuntu yet. Thank You
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Count FTP/User logins

I managed to assign multiple FTP accouts to the same folder on the server over web interface, but I also want to track them. I wonder if there is a way to count the FTP logins of a linux user. I can ...
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What is the purpose of the 'nobody' user?

After I read List all human users I noticed that there is a user account named 'nobody' in my Ubuntu system. Also I noticed that I can login in this account from terminal using the following command ...
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How to get list of user accounts and access through root in Ubuntu terminal?

I am using Ubuntu 13.04 and there are 5 users for the machine. I have the root password and I want to see the list of users and access the account through root in terminal. How can I do this ?