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how to limit resources to a shared ubuntu 10.04

The title might not be explanatory enough but I couldn't find any better way to formulate it. I will be running a server for office use. It will host applications on tomcat. 2 differents people would ...
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Can I catch a virus if I have a super user account and I switch to my normal one? [duplicate]

Hey I'm 14 (I don't know alot) and the reason i rooted my Ubuntu is to install a theme, but i wonder, can I catch a ubuntu virus if I am in my normal account?
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Correctly setup apache virtual hosts with multiple users

Thanks in advance for any help you may provide. I've self taught myself using linux (ubuntu), apache, virtual hosts and a few bits with regards to security, though I've yet to put these all together ...
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User Auth Failure

I was trying to change my usernme on Ubuntu 12.04 lts by opening Terminal and enter this command $ sudo nautilus Then, I went to File System > home > alex (my username) I right click on ...
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How to give access permission to specific folder by specific user in ubuntu.[Terminal]

I am having below directory structure. /DR/Sub/X1/... /X2/... /X3/... ....... I want to give acces permissions to user but in below manner, when ever i create new directory ...
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How to Restrict two users of ubuntu to see other's data

I have installed ubuntu with two folders i.e. / and /home with swap area. I have made two users in /home. But User1 can check the data of User2 and hence vice-versa. I wish to restrict one user to see ...
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How to limit users to N cores?

I have an SSH server where users login to do various tasks. The problem is I have 4 cores, and one user is running tasks on 4. How can I limit the number of cores any given user can use? This is not ...
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Is it possible to set two different user accounts on different HD or partition?

I have installed ubuntu in a 20 GB HD, and I have two more HD, (160 GB HD and 80 GB HD). But in order to have my data safe (and more easily configure/change/alternate OS system). I want to set two ...
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A strange account appear at login to Ubuntu 12.04?

An account name student account appear at login , what is thes account and how to disable it . Hint i disable guest at /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf How to disable this account ?
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Add existing user to Unity

Short story How can set Unity as desktop environment for an user created with Shell? Long story On a VM running Ubuntu 12.04 configured as LAMP, I need to use the desktop environment Unity for the ...
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“ls” is not listing any user's under /home directory in Ubuntu

Am very new to Ubuntu and I got a machine which was used by some one before. Now I don't know how to recover login credentials. I tried to enter to root and tried to see the user names. I used ls ...
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Configure Software Center for local install

I'm aware of this post but what I would like is to configure the software center to install software in ~/local/ for example, not to modify the system's policy about who's allowed to install ...
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How to recover a deleted /etc/passwd?

I deleted the /etc/passwd file and cannot login now. I don't know the root password and tried lots of passwords, but none of them worked. How can I fix this?
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How to give a specific user access only to a specific folder and its contents?

I used adduser <name> and created a new user, andrew. Now I want to give him read/write access only to /var/www/sitename.com and its contents. How am I supposed to do this? I tried sudo ...
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Apache Tomcat cannot be started as a non-root user

I manually started Apache Tomcat 6 via the command $CATALINA_HOME/bin/startup.sh and this is the result - Using CATALINA_BASE: /home/getx/Desktop/apache-tomcat-6.0.37 Using CATALINA_HOME: ...
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My Account not visible in User Accounts

I am currently set to automatically log into this machine and I would like to change that. However, when I go to User Accounts, I am no longer listed. lightdm/users.conf file is as such: ...
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After guest user session used, J. Random user appears in menu

I let someone that borrowed my computer for email etc, and they logged into a guest session, they did their business and I logged back into my account. And know I see a "J. Random User" in the unity ...
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How to create a new user without home directory and with specific UID

How can I add a new user "Kids" with UID = 500 and without home directory with adduser command in terminal? I'm trying this: sudo adduser --no-create-home --uid ID 500 Kids and after correctly ...
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Skype: Microphone only working for one Ubuntu user

I've had Problems with Skype for a bit, but managed to fix some of them (using Skype from the repos to make it work with Pulseaudio, fixing cracking sounds as described in ...
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Configuring logrotate without root access (per user log rotation)

How best can logrotate be configured, on a per-user basis, to rotate files in the home directory of the user, under control of a per-user crontab -e?
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What are the disadvantages of having a dot in a user name?

A student just asked what could be the downside of having a dot (. ) in the name of the user. For example: john.doe How will this affect the system or any apps for that matter?
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Service account shows up on login screen

I've manually created a service user account on my machine, and I'm surprised to see it on the Unity login screen. I searched this site and I've seen people had problems with this, but in those cases, ...
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Give user write access to folder [duplicate]

How do i give the user 'testuser' write privileges on the folder: /var/www/test/public_html
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How I set the home directory and shell for a new user? [duplicate]

I am using 12.04 on my server. I created a new user using adduser me and passwd me and added it to sudo when I login this is what I see. Could not chdir to home directory /home/me: No such file or ...
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Should I make the Jump from Windows 8 [closed]

I feel like trying something new. I'm on Windows 8 right now and I use it simply for using the internet, gaming, and homework. I'm mostly scared of compatibility issues. Do you think I would enjoy the ...
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How can I disable the Terminal Emulator for certain users?

How to prevent specific users from using the terminal emulator?! I make a trick by writing a script in .bashrc which request a user to enter a password to be able to use the terminal emulator. But ...
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New Standard user autoloads on boot

I've been using Ubuntu since about v8.09, now running 13.10, but only ever as a single user - and I'm a user, not a programmer or guru. Now I have a new partner who would like to learn to use a ...
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how to become a permanent root user in ubuntu [duplicate]

I have found some solutions but what I want to do is I want to become a root user "permanently". When I restart computer I still want to stay as a root user. I don't want to use termanial everytime to ...
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Unable to change user password

I have Ubuntu 12.10 and I have lost the password and the system will not allow me to delete or change the password. I've attempted to use the advance method through the Grub but all I get is an error ...
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Gear menu - switch account doesn't work

Running Ubuntu 13.10. I open the gear menu, and see a list of users. Clicking on them does nothing. Shouldn't it allow me to switch accounts? Follow up: If I am logged in as a user that doesn't have ...
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Problem in deleting a user

I m trying to delete a user. I was logged in from Root and tried a delete a existing user using userdel -r sammy(sammy is the user name) it is showing a error that the user is currently logged in but ...
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unable to delete user

I tried to delete a user: # deluser someuser Removing user `someuser' ... Warning: group `someuser' has no more members. userdel: user someuser is currently logged in /usr/sbin/deluser: ...
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Setting up a user account for a web server

I'm pretty new to Ubuntu/Linux. I'm setting up a lighttpd webserver and I think I need to set up a webserver/daemon user account to get it going. The config file is asking for server.username and ...
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Create new user and assign it's only access to /home/ [duplicate]

We're on Ubuntu Server 12.04 I would like to create multiple users and assign them to a few directories that are already made. Example: mcadmin:/home/* mcadmin2:/home/dir1/* mcadmin3:/home/dir2/* ...
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Problem with Winbind/Samba

I've been having an issue on my network that has completely vexed me. I have three workstations running Ubuntu 13.04, one Windows 7 workstation, and three servers on Ubuntu Server 12.04. One of the ...
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Do I need lvm password and passeord for my user-account

Just install an new copy of Ubuntu 13.10 Now it give me the option to make an password on my lvm-volume.. But then I have to password to write, to do an full login! My lvm-password and password for ...
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How do I change my logname? [duplicate]

How do I change my logname?For e.g: xyz@ubuntu in the terminal how do I change xyz? I have tried this command usermod -l *newname* -d /home/*newname* -m *oldname* but that gave me an error user ...
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Is there a way to check if others are logged into server when you are?

I am logged into Ubuntu server via ssh and I would like to know if another user is logged in via SSH as well. Is there a command that I can run to accomplish this?
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sudo useradd wont make home directory

I have an automatic script which works, only it just never makes a home directory. The data is extracted from a database. Heres the script: $SQL -s -e "SELECT uid, password FROM registrations WHERE ...
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sudo deluser --remove-home root

When I type sudo deluser --remove-home root it says that 'it may make the whole system unusable so stopping now without performing any action" and it doesn't work. Can you explain me why? Thank you
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How many users can I create with useradd without having a visible performace degradation

Assuming that I have a PC with 2GHz processor, 4GB RAM. How many users can I create with useradd without noticing a visible change in performance in server file operations like (copying files form ...
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Giving www-data access to files with 750 permissions

I have a situation where I want to prevent users of the system to browse each other's home dirs. So all home dirs have 750 permissions, instead of 755. Some users have www folders where they host ...
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How do I disable the administrators account?

My school gave me this Ubuntu laptop and it still has its schools administrators account on it. How can I get rid of it?
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I can not get 'motion' working… seems to ignore changes to .conf file

I am trying to use 'motion' to setup some simple video surveillance in Ubuntu 12.10. I installed motion and edited the /etc/motion/motion.conf file, but it seems like the program is ignoring the ...
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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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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 passwd to create the password. I check that an entry ...