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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...