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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 ?
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New user has low display resolution

I have created a new user with adduser . Now when I log in as this new user I only have options to select display resolution up to 1024x768, as I had as my main user when I installed the system (I ...
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“Office” but no office in finger

$ finger myname Login: myname Name: My Name Directory: /home/myname Shell: /bin/bash Office: some custom text On since logintime on pts/1 from loginbox 1 ...
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Can't log in after a shutdown apparently deleted my user account [duplicate]

Last night, i was working on the computer normally, and then i want to turn it off, so my first problem was when i press the power button upper-right, it opens the box but tiny and empty so i thought ...
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Touchpad doesn't work for particular user account

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, DEll vostro 2520. My touchpad didn't work for one user account and it works fine for other user accounts. I was wondered with this issue. Please do let me know to resolve ...
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How safe is UBUNTU for “non-geek” users

I am a new UBUNTU user and I realise there is much to learn, but I am so impressed with the initial look and feel of UBUNTU that I am thinking of installing it on my mother and sister's PC's. My ...
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Login Problem after home folder name changed

I have changed my home folder name through command mv olderFolder newFolder and then restarted, but not able to login. What step did I miss?
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How to restore “normal” users after reinstalling ubuntu 12.04

I've reinstalled the ubuntu 12.04 but I save home directory. After reinstallation my (admin) account is OK. For others users I created new accounts with same username and passwords. But users cannot ...
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How to add/remove user accounts in Ubuntu from a remote machine

How to add/remove of user accounts of a remote Ubuntu machine, from a local Ubuntu machine in the LAN?
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Proper way to add a user account via bash script

Here's the script code I'm using now: getent group $MYGROUP if [ $? -ne 0 ] ; then sudo su -c "groupadd $MYGROUP" fi sudo su -c "useradd mynewuser -p mypassword -m -g $PRIMARYGRP -G $MYGROUP" ...
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How to secure system users which only runs application processes?

I created a system user through adduser command for use in an application I installed. This user is supposed to run application-specific processes and such (think of postgres system user doing nothing ...
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Add www-data to alternate group

I am working with two users: me and www-data. Each user has their own group by default. I want to be able to easily grant read, write, and/or execute permissions to both users, without giving the ...
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How to put root or administrator on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 on a flash memory, I changed my account from Administrator to Standard. Now I cannot do updates. How do I do updates or get it back as an administrator?
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How do I log out specific sessions?

I have read this these generic instructions to log users out, but I want more detail. When I run the command users I see multiple instances of the same user. IE: Joe Joe Joe Joe Joe How do I know ...
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Ubuntu 13.04: how to beat the user accounts GUI into submission with regards to password policy?

I have successfully edited the PAM configuration files so that the password defaults (minimum length, no need for "obscure" passwords) are changed. The passwd command works fine. However, this does ...
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Can I prevent/restrict standard users from installing/uninstalling software?

Can i prevent/restrict standard user from installing/uninstalling software in Ubuntu 12.04 desktop?
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Confused about groups and adduser

I have written a script to add chrooted sFTP users. The useradd command is: sudo useradd -Ng sftponly -ms /bin/false "$USER" Did it work? groups $USER $USER : sftponly Yes it did. Great! Then ...
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Can i prevent standard user from accessing certain settings in “System Settings” in ubuntu 12.04 desktop? [duplicate]

Can i prevent standard user from accessing certain settings in "System Settings" in Ubuntu 12.04 desktop? Following are the settings to be restricted for standard user: 1) Appearance 2) Additional ...
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Can I allow a standard user to execute only certain sets of command in terminal? [duplicate]

Can I create a whitelist of commands that a standard user can execute in the terminal in Ubuntu 12.04 desktop? I don't want to block the terminal for the standard user.
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How to prevent standard users from accessing other file directory in ubuntu -12-04 desktop? [duplicate]

I need to prevent/restrict standard users from accessing directory like bin,boot,dev,etc,lib,media?
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how to manage premission for user group for internal harddisk partitions

someone suggest me that for managing permission for accessing the partitions of hard disk you should add users to group and now i have found from askubuntu.com that how to add user to groups. But i ...
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What does the automatic login?

Under "User Accounts", there's a toggle option labeled Automatic Login: What does that do if it's tabbed to "on"? I haven't tried the function yet and I'd like advice from an expert.
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How to restrict standard users from accessing system setting in ubuntu-12.04 desktop?

I need to restrict/prevent standard users from accessing "system settings" in UI ?
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How can i prevent standard user from accessing terminal?

How can i prevent/restrict standard users from accessing terminal in ubuntu-12.04.2-desktop-i386 ? I need to prevent standard users and administrators(not root account) in Ubuntu user accounts from ...
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How do I prevent standard users from creating new user accounts in ubuntu desktop?

I need to prevent standard users from creating new user accounts in ubuntu-12.04-desktop
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Ubuntu create user with password in GUI

Chen creating a new user in the Ubuntu GUI, it only asks for the users full name, username, and account type. It does not ask for a password. But when I try to switch to the new user it asks for a ...
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How to not show a user in the Ubuntu login screen? [duplicate]

I have created a user called training using the adduser command and user training appears in the login screen. How to not show any particular user in the login screen? I am using Ubuntu 12.04 with the ...
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I deleted all files and folders (including hidden) from /home/username/ now in big trouble

I am logged into a remote ubuntu server, and I accidentally erased the entire /home/username/ directory for the current user. The only thing left is a hidden directory called .gvfs. I don't need ...
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Changing Username [duplicate]

I tried to change my username using command: sudo usermod -l newusername oldusername so when I entered it in terminal it showed me: user 'myusername' is currently used by the process 2553 What ...
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How to change user GID and UID in Ubuntu 13.04?

I need some help changing user GID and UID in Ubuntu 13.04 in order to map an NFS mount, it is my understanding that these need to be the same on local machine as well as LDAP side. Thank you.
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13.04 - Freezes when login, but not with another user

Until recently, whenever I login into my account, everything freezes after about 5 seconds. But, if I login into another user account, everything works fine. What should I do? Is there any further ...
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Portable users on network

I am moving all my windows desktops to Ubuntu in my office. I have a phone system which allows my users to login on any phone thus any desk they sit at is 'their desk' I would like to do something ...
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User is part of a group - except he's not?

I'm really confused about this. I need to give a user read/write access to /var/www and followed the instructions in that question : Whats the simplest way to edit and add files to ...
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server 12.04.02 LTS resources maxed out when idle. system freezes

I am having trouble with my dedicated server running 12.04.02 LTS. I have installed ffmpeg, apache2, and configured it to serve H264 video files. The server starts freezing when resources are maxed. ...
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share home files but not preferences

I would like to know if it is possible to make a symbolic link between the home folders of two users so they both have access to documents, audio, photos, etc ... read and write, but actually have ...
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SSH shell prompt does not show user@host for one user

I have Ubuntu 12.04 server running. I created user1 when I installed, and created user2 today with '1useradd' and I added it to all the same groups as user1. But when I log in remotely using SSH, ...
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How to auto add desktop icon for all new likewise-open users

I want to add a desktop icon to the desktop of every user that logs in. The system is connected to Active Directory using LikeWise-open, I don't want to manualy add the desktop icons to every user, ...
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Is there a way that I can disable change password

I have 20 computers in a high school lab and I want to set up a standard student log in. This is done, the problem is that students can change the password to anything, is there a way to block this? ...
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What is the purpose of the backup user installed by default? [duplicate]

from /etc/passwd: backup:x:34:34:backup:/var/backups:/bin/sh The home directory listed is /var/backups which is owned by root:root. Here are the contents of the home directory: total 4.1M ...
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Two users with same name but different passwords

Is it possible to create two users with the same name, and let LightDM choose between them at login if one of the passwords is given? For example, to anyone opening my computer, it would seem like ...
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Why can't I create users?

I can't create users. I updated from 12.10 to 13.04 and only see one user, the two others are gone, I upgraded keeping my files.
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Could not update ICEauthority file since upgrading

Since upgrading my laptop to Ubuntu 13.04, my login fails with the above message. I have tried: sudo chown ls user:user /home/user chmode 600 /home/user/.ICEauthority What else can I try to fix ...
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Ubuntu two users logged with same name

I have a server and a ssh session, but it seems like I've pressed something and it was a shortcut so currently, when I do w it shows my other session (which I don't know how I opened). I closed my ssh ...
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howto set a user account a limited login time

I want to create a user with a limited login time. To be more clear, I want the user account to be able to login for specified time (ie. 1000 clocks), and then the account deactivates. I looked at ...
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Match directive breaks SSH

On my Ubunut server 12.04 LTS machine, I try to add a user with only sFTP or FTP access. Let's call him 'Jim' for now. Jim only needs access to a directory /var/www/example.com. So far I've tried ...
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change settings from guest account ubuntu 13.04 [duplicate]

at first sorry, but my english is very bad. I want to customize the settings from the guest account (Ubuntu 13.04). I want to change the startpage in firefox and change the background from the ...
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Install Ubuntu without creating a user account

I'd like to sell an old computer of mine to a friend, and I'd like to pre-install Ubuntu. Is it possible to install the OS, but not set up a user account first? I'm expecting that it would ask the ...
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Who is “user 109”?

I found out that user 109 launches pulseaudio on startup, which blocks mine: petr@sova:~$ ps -ef | grep pulseaudio 109 1515 1 1 15:23 ? 00:00:00 /usr/bin/pulseaudio --start ...
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Group Share Quota Related Issue

I want to share my experience regarding setting up Group Share Quota for my Domain Users in Samba 4. But before that, here is the basic information I have with my current setup: Server: Ubuntu Server ...