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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 ... ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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How to suspend particular user in Ubuntu 12.04 [duplicate]

I searched but could not find how to suspend particular user in Ubuntu 12.04. I found the following option: dbus-send --system --print-reply \ --dest="org.freedesktop.UPower" \ ...
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How do I make a folder or an entire drive accessible by all users, and permanently mounted?

I can not find an "All" user group, nor the "Everyone" owner.... I have read over 50 questions on the subject today of people not being able to read and write to their media weather internal or ...
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SSH users with single access directory and set commands?

I am looking for a way to have a user for instance root-1 to have access to the directory /root-1/* but not let him have access to anything before /root-1/* like /home/users/root-1/. And only have ...
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Just joind a machine to an AD domain and have seeminly lock myself out

Bit of a Linux NOOB, but followed the guide https://help.ubuntu.com/community/ActiveDirectoryWinbindHowto to add an Ubuntu 14.04 machine to a Microsoft Domain, which all went OK. However, I am now ...
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How to separate two user's home directory in to different partition

I have /home directory in the separate partition. But, I have two users in my system. I want to create a separate partition for one of these user. Like partition1 : /home partition2 : /home/user1 ...
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Granting write permissions to a group to www folder in Ubuntu 14.04

I am setting up a webserver with Ubuntu 14.04. I have created a group called webadmins and added relevant users to this group, I also included www-data user as member of this group. Now I need to ...
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Now do I get super user privileges?

I am new to Linux so I need to find out how to get super user privileges so I can install Simplify3D? Thanks, Dave
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Owner of mounted folder changes when it is actually mounted

I have a folder /media/user/drive_name that is set in fstab to automount an NTFS drive /dev/sdc2 /media/user/drive_name ntfs auto The problem is that when the drive is mounted, it and all of it's ...
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Restore man user

For some dislexic reason (or haven't slept enough) I typed deluser man instead of the more common man deluser ... as you can imagine, I just deleted man user! Never happened before... How can I ...
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What is Ubuntu's automatic UID generation behavior?

I'm interested in the case where a new user is generated and no UID is explicitly given, leaving Ubuntu to automatically assign a UID. I know that by default Ubuntu will generate a UID above 1000, ...
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How to give permissions to a specific user for a folder

Well I have a very restricted folder but I want to give rwx permissions to a specific user. I already know chmod but those permissions are set to owner, group and others. Owner. Me Group. The other ...
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Admin Account Missing after 'shutdown now' Exit

So, I have been learning PostgreSQL and messing around with creating DB's, users, and switching between both with Konsole. Last night, I shut down the computer with the command 'shutdown now'. After a ...
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apache is becoming the owner of my user's files

I've got a hosting account at Bluehost, and my own server at home. Recently I moved a couple of sites off of that Bluehost account and onto my server. I'm used to an environment where I have a ...
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Deny a user the right to use udisksctl

I'm using a system based on Ubuntu 14.04 There are multiple partitions on /dev/sda. /dev/sda1 is where the system resides, /dev/sda2, ..., /dev/sdaX are NTFS partitions. There are two users admin and ...
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About multi-user accounts, multiple programs in Ubuntu

I have just been using Ubuntu 14.04 for a few days... Could anybody tell me whether: If User A logs into the computer and installs an application, will then user B who logs into the same computer, ...
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using su for a user which does not have a password

I am creating a user using useradd command in Ubuntu which does not require that I set a password for the user. how ever when I try to use su command to login as that user, su requires me to enter a ...
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How can I give koala access to /var/www/html?

I'm trying to use Koala (http://koala-app.com/) to compile sass in /var/www/html. When I try to add my style.scss file all of the files are greyed out. I've added my account to www-data. When I run it ...
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Power Management settings for all users

is there a way to set power-manager settings to all users? i.e. I don't want to create a new user and forget about disabling use-time-for-policy.
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Running Java as another user

I have a directory called Minecraft for Minecraft servers. I've set it's owner and group with chown to minecraft:minecraft. This user and group exists. /etc/passwd contains ...
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Is there a default folder for sharing files with other users?

For files that I want to share with all users on a system is there a folder where by default they have read access? If I have to create one, is there a best practice location for it?
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Permissions, owner, group inheritance?

I don't understand restrictions in terms of directories nesting. For example, /var/www/folder/index.html directories. What permissions, owner, group should every directory and file have? Is there ...
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Give user permissions for root folder [duplicate]

hi so I have installed xampp on my Ubuntu laptop and I want to give the user "John" full permissions on the folders /opt/* How can I do this? Right now you need to be root