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logrotate fails to rotate logs: error setting owner

Recently I've noticed that logrotate does not rotate my logs. user1@host:~$ /usr/sbin/logrotate /home/user1/logrotate.conf -v gives me an error: error: error setting owner of /home/logs/mylog.log.1 ...
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What's the purpose of the “bin” group?

Where is it usually used? Where can I read about it, and other often used groups?
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Only guest user was created as login by default, how to create a normal user?

Only guest user was created as login by default when I installed Ubuntu. I'm not able to add any user or become root. How to create a normal user?
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How to re-activate the guest account

I can't enter to the guest account, at startup, into my Laptop with Lubuntu 15.10. If I choose the guest option, the system remains into a blue screen, for a while, and then it go back to the users ...
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How to set the correct permissions between development and production

DEVELOPMENT On my development server I have an Ubuntu user named user1. When user1 runs PyCharm (user1 must run a Django app) as sudo then the app at a later stage is required to create a folder ...
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Can't log in as a particular user after changing its password

I reset both of my accounts passwords but only one will let me log in. So I logged in as that account since it has admin privs, I changed the password on the other account (My main one which I really ...
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Automatically create folder in new users' home directory

I need to automatically assign every new user that gets created a certain folder Sales in their home directory. (e.g. when you add the user tim, tim automatically gets a folder named Sales in his home ...
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error while entering super user mode [duplicate]

I would like to install git but when I type the command: sudo apt-get install git I am getting the error: iiit is not in the sudoers file. This incident will be reported. The output of groups ...
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how to give partial permissions to shared folder for openLDAP users in ubuntu server 14.04 graphically

I have a ubuntu 14.04 openLDAP server in which I have created more than 20 users and created a shared folder by installing sharing services (samba) but I can`t give permissions for read/write/execute ...
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Why is there more than one command in Bash for accomplishing the same task? [closed]

I've read this post, but it doesn't address the issue of redundancy. As an example, I've noticed that there are three different commands for returning logged in users: w (?) who (print all ...
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Why does `passwd -l` (--lock) also prevent ssh key-based login?

I locked a users password with passwd --lock [userName], the man page and this answers tells me, that a locked password doesn't prevent other means of logins (e.g.: ssh key-based). Quote from man ...
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How to broadcast message to all logged in users through Terminal?

Is there a way of broadcasting a message to all logged in users through Terminal so that it is printed in the Terminals and TTYs of all other logged-in users? I am running Ubuntu GNOME 15.10 with ...
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How can I get Network User on Ubuntu

How can I get Network Users to work on Ubuntu? I know that it works on Windows, I'm don't know if I can get it on Ubuntu and how to get it to work. If I can get it on Ubuntu and if it works, how do I ...
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Deleting Users and their directories Would delete everything from my system?

When I had joined my organization. I had installed a fresh copy of Ubuntu 12.04 by fully removing its Windows installation. After regular upgrades and updates now it's been Ubuntu 15.04. Today, I am ...
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Install Ubuntu With Specific UID

I have run into more problems than I can bother to count by changing my UID. I'm so frustrated that I'm just going to format and start all over again. This time, I want my installation to make the ...
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Broken Settings since chaning UID [duplicate]

Since changing my UID, my default video player & other various preferences are all reverted back to defaults. How do I fix it?
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How to see the UID of all files or folders

When I do a ls -al, I can see the owner and group of files or folders. However, I recently changed my UID, so how do I find out if all my folders belong to my username and the new uid?
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UID Change Broke Mount

I changed my UID of my system and now I'm running into permission problems with hard drives mounted onto my computer. I'm so very tired of trying to get feedback on this topic. When installing Ubuntu, ...
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Set or determine the UID range for guest accounts

For a special purpose it seems like I need to know the UID (user ID) of my guest accounts. As guest accounts are created and (usually) removed automatically whenever one is needed, the UIDs are not ...
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How can I remove a user?

I created a user when I had a Windows 8.1 vm on Oracle VM. I uninstalled the virtual machine but the user still exists. How can I remove this user. I tried the code sudo userdel USERNAME and sudo ...
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Why is `last` showing so many logins in one second? Did I got hacked?

When I ran last into the terminal, I found this: roundduc pts/0 :0 Sun Nov 15 16:47 still logged in roundduc :0 :0 Sun Nov 15 16:46 still logged ...
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Accidentally changed permissions of boot partition, how to revert?

I installed two new hard drives in my computer and needed to change their ownership to my user account to be able to copy files onto the partitions, as they only received root-permissions after ...
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Some strange users

something going wrong here. Here is my htop screenshot. I didn't launch any firefox or firefox plugins. In fact I've just deleted firefox at all. Here is my /etc/passwd $ cat /etc/passwd ... guest-...
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Script to add users to a group and system

I have been trying to make a script using vim to automate the creation of users and adding them to a group. I have tried multiple other sites and have found nothing. How would I do this?
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Security risk in everyday use of an admin account (not root)?

The only thing that distinguishes my admin account from normal accounts is that my admin account is a member of the sudo group and can run sudo. Is it any less secure to use my admin account for ...
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How do I change one username to another?

I have a problem that "corrupted" my user, let's call it olduser. I got stuck in the login screen and nothing I tried could fix it. Luckily I had backups, but I didn't need them because the files ...
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!Help! Allow another user to access partitioned drives on Ubuntu 15

I'm relatively new to this Linux OS. I am not familiar with the command code or what it stands for. What I wanted to ask is I have a 750GB SSD partitioned into 4 ext4 drives. One for entertainment, ...
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how can we track user activity?

Is there a way to track the applications a user uses, while they are logged in? Our company is experimenting with laptops whose use is for going to conferences, and business trips. We are in the ...
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Difference between admin/normal accounts except the right to use “sudo”?

This may sound stupid, but I wonder if there is any difference between normal and administrator user accounts (created with the Unity Control Center) except the right to use sudo to become root.
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SoftException in Application.cpp:566: Directory “/var/www/html/” is writeable by group

I installed "SuPHP" yesterday, and whenever, I am restarting "Apache", i am getting below error :- * Restarting web server apache2 ...
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Ubuntu will not set Account Password

When I enter my credentials and enter a new password, Ubuntu gives me no errors however. When I log out to log back in, there is no prompt for entering a password on the log on screen. I am just able ...
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Need to fix main account - can login but cant do much

I've been a Ubuntu user about 2 years. I am using the same user account and have most defaults for upgrading etc and have the current version and updates. I can login to my account but can't get ...
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Why I can't change my ubuntu root password? [duplicate]

I've been using Ubuntu 15.04 for a while with my password, so far so good (I'm the only user and root). But I wanted to change my password and tried to do that throuth terminal withsudo passwd. It ...
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Create a user account which has read only permissions

I want to create a user account which has read only permissions for all files in my computer. I have many files like videos, docs etc in different partitions of my computer and i want any other person ...
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Kicked out of session - Flashing screen

As soon as I log in my user session, my mouse cursor flickers and kicks me out. Only a guest session seems to hold. In the login menu, I can't even select a "shutdown" option. On a sidenote, ...
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14.04.3 LTS Falure to start session at the login screen

I did a fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04 to nights back and installed gnome desktop environment. Everything was going great and i got everything fully customized to my liking, then ran sudo apt-get ...
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How to keep users out of system files?

I'm trying to build a system that will be as idiot proof as possible. This will include keeping regular users out of system files to prevent them from rendering the system inoperable. And hopefully ...
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How do you allow a single installation of VirtualBox to be used by all users? [duplicate]

Basically we're switched over to Linux but we still need to run some Windows only software, how can I install VirtualBox as a common installation that's available to all users? Common installation as ...
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How to remove user with encrypted home directory when password and passphrase are lost

After this here, I want to remove user secureuser whose home directory is encrypted, but password and passphrase are lost. Since the home directory was holding some 30 Gig of data, I want to be sure ...
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bash: /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log: Permission denied [duplicate]

when i am trying to run sudo cat >/var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log then its giving following error bash: /var/log/odoo/odoo-server.log: Permission denied the output of ls -lrt /var/log/odoo/...
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How to create Guest User Account in Ubuntu without Password?

I have a desktop computer with kubuntu. How can I create a Password-less Guest Account. [Files and History must be deleted at logout]
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Create a ftp user for manage only a folder site (/var/www/my-domain)

We have a small Ubuntu VPS and small site in /var/www/my-domain. Our young developer need to work on our site and manage only that folder. I need to have a ftp user (so a system user) that can only ...
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Failed to add account in Ubuntu 14.04

When I tried adding user through the administrator account - ie User Accounts->unlock-> click + to add account -> account type 'standard' and after adding username and fullname when I click Add I get ...
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groupdel: cannot remove the primary group of user 'administrator'

When I try to delete the group pro1 (groupdel pro1) it shows the error: groupdel: cannot remove the primary group of user 'administrator' And when I create new user from AD server, the user's ...
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VNC Desktop Sharing Connects to Inactive User

I have set up my parents with an Ubuntu 14.04 LTS box. In order to assist them, because they are parents, I set up VNC / Desktop Sharing (using the Desktop Sharing GUI) with "Allow others to view..." ...
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Getting music to play across account switching

I am using Unity in 14.04.3 LTS. I frequently switch users. Click the gear in the upper right corner and switch account. I can play music in various ways but when I switch account it stops. When I ...
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Cannot install using Software Center - fix does not work

The Ubuntu Software Center no longer lets me install software (tried to install pdfsam, and Synaptic, both give the same error): There seems to be a programming error in aptdaemon, the software ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 not booting on main user after name change

So I wanted to change the name of the home folder, and did so using the mv command: mv /home/oldname /home/newname. It worked fine. No errors appeared until I tried accessing the home folder. It said ...
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Why such long list of users and groups in my system?

On my laptop $ cat /etc/passwd | wc -l results 42! And cat /etc/group | wc -l results 70!! The only user of my laptop is myself and there is only an extra user named "guest". But why such large ...
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Relationship between file/folder's owner and group?

I found that a directory with following ls output in my system: drwxr-xr-x 5 username root 4096 Jan 14 2015 DIRNAME It rose a question for me: Is there any restriction between files owner and ...