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Run script in /etc/rc.local under specific user

I am using portia (https://github.com/scrapinghub/portia) and I have set the following command in my rc.local: cd /home/portia/portia/slyd && twistd slyd Problem here is that the ...
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sudo adduser to set default directory

I used sudo adduser to add a new user for webmaster, so I set home directory to /var/www to let this user have rights to save file on the web server. I just realized that I use webmaster account to ...
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Lost user login on upgrade to Ubuntu 13.10

I just upgraded to 13.10 this weekend (I know 14.04 is out, I'm not doing that yet) and have lost my login. There used to be two user accounts I could choose to log in from on the startup page, mine ...
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user postgres cannot access drive even after permissions and group membership are provided

I have been working on this for the better part of the morning. So I upgraded to ubuntu 14.04 last night, and that went smoothly. But there is an issue with the postgres user and access to my ...
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How to create two users who can read files of each other?

How to create 2 users a and b from shell, that will be able to read files of each other( say a can read the files of b, and b can read the files of a) . sudo adduser newuser sudo passwd newuser
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Can't login to my account, I know the password

I use Xubuntu 14.04 64 bit. I was watching a movie, the desktop froze (as usual duh!), I logged out using a terminal, and couldn't log in to my account after that, I'm using a terminal. I type my ...
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groups: cannot find name for group ID #########

This is a variant of the unresolved cannot find name for group ID 26739201 but I'll post it here again since I have some more information I recently made a fresh installation of 14.04 so most things ...
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How do I set a password for root and skip creating an additional user during Ubuntu 14.04 Server installation?

It appears that Ubuntu 14.04 Server disabled the root account during installation (by not setting its password). I have been unable to find any way to set the password for the root user during the ...
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Unable to mount home-directory for user after fresh install 14.04

I performed an fresh install of Ubuntu 14.04. I have /home on a different partition from root. Installing 14.04 and mounting /home went without any problem. During installation I was asked to make a ...
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How to delete a user & its home folder safely?

I just created a new user & its home folder & need to delete it now & also I cant find my old user's Downloads,Documents,Pictures,etc folder in /home/olduser & also .Xauthority file. ...
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Cannot Delete User

I am trying to uninstall logstash, but sudo apt-get remove logstash fails because the user is being used by a process. If I try to manually delete the logstash user, I cannot because even when I kill ...
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bypass sudo for a group of commands

I need to bypass sudo for a group of commands for a certain user so the command is just executed without using the sudo
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Is Ubuntu running all users at the same time?

Every time when I have some memory intensive things running on one user and switch to another one, I can see that the memory usage continues. Is the other user actually still running? If so, is it ...
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Problem while trying to create users in Ubuntu 14.04 64bits version

My problem began when I tried to create a new user in GUI mode. When I click on "users accounts" in "System configuration" the window changes to black and stops responding. I tried to reinstall the OS ...
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User account doesn't display anything except background and cursor

I did something in CompizConfig Manager and the launcher and other bars was gone! I tried using the set background from right click menu and checked if it was a driver problem, but it was not. I ...
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user account password

I created an account for a standard user and assign a password. I login as standard user and try to change standard user password and realize that it needs admin user rights to change user password. ...
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Why are my user accounts missing from login screen after upgrade to 14.04 from 12.04 ?

Upgraded my 12.04LTS to 14.04 LTS via DVD, choosing the "upgrade" option from the installation options prompt. Since then, in the Login screen, the older user accounts are not visible. They are ...
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How to automatically launch bash shell when opening terminal or in console mode?

I create a normal user account in ubuntu using "useradd" command, but the problem is that I have to type "bash" to launch the bash shell for this user account in both the console mode (in a tty, ...
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I disabled my administrator account,locked it without having other accounts

i disabled my administrator account and lock it accidentally without creating other account leaving me only the guest account to access. i tried finding for solutions in the net but none have the same ...
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Exclude user from using systemwide installed programs

I recently created a new user. I want to allow this user to use only one or two programs, but I have lots of systemwide installed apps. Is there an easy way to exclude a specific user from using apps ...
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Predefined user groups

There are a lot of predefined groups on Ubuntu (and many other distros), but I can't seem to find any information about what each is for. Some seem obvious or are well-known: cdrom is for access to ...
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Home folder not writeable

I have two users, and one of them can't write to his home directory (but the desktop directory?!) and Thunar displays a lock on the home folder. However, if I run ls -l in /home, I get drwxr-xr-x 28 ...
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Create a shared folder for group of users

I have created a group of users in my Ubuntu server system, so that each one of them can log in through an ssh connection with his username and password. Each user is "locked" in their home directory, ...
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How to create a user that can login via SSH, but can't use shell commands?

How to create a new user that can login via SSH, but can't use shell commands? I've tried to set /bin/false as the default shell to the user, but then I no longer can login via SSH.
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Start XBMC Automatically for specific user

This is my first post on Ask Ubuntu and I have only been using Ubuntu as an OS for a week or so. So far, loving is :D But onto the problem. Basically I am wanting to set up a couple of user accounts ...
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What Is The Difference Between “root”, “user”, “group”?

I am new in using UbuntuServer13.10 so during giving permission to a folder to open it on FileZilla on other PC, I got these words and now I want to know about the difference between; "root", "user", ...
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How to find the internet data usage of all users and categorized per user in ubuntu?

Want to get the data usage of all users in Ubuntu like: username1 = datausage username2 = datausage username3 = datausage etc
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List all non system users [duplicate]

I want to know list of all users founded in my system. I need non-system users. I know that the file /etc/passwd contains all users root:x:0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash ...
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Cannot seem to get bash history along with others working

This is very similar to all the other questions out there but at the same time not. I am running Ubuntu 12.04.4 LTS (GNU/Linux 3.2.0-59-generic x86_64) to be precise. I successfully setup a new user ...
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How to mount an old /home directory after OS clean re-install?

Before re-installing Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, I unmounted the /home directory. After a clean re-install, I recreated some of the users and installed the ubuntu-desktop package, then re-mounted the old /home ...
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Users in MySQL have too many rights

I finally found out how to install phpmyadmin and get a working internet connection in virtual box after a lot of research. Now, I addes users and gave them specific rights for testing purposes. The ...
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ubuntu server and samba

I am trying to set up a Ubuntu server 12.04 nas using samba file sharing. I first tried to set it up with webmin and when that didn't work, I tried to set it up manually using the vi editor modifing ...
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How do I disable the guest account on Ubuntu 13.10 (Saucy) [duplicate]

Yes! I want to get rid of the guest account on Ubuntu. How do I do this?? I do not want this account but neither I find it in /etc/passwd and /etc/group nor within the users by navigating to system ...
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How can I add Images for each user to Ubuntu 12.04 Logon Screen?

I am not talking about having unique backgrounds on the login screen. What I am looking for is a icon image besides each user name on the logon screen. This was something that was possible in ubuntu ...
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Log in with a password

I have not enabled auto login, but I can still log in to my account without entering my password. I want to turn this option off and let Ubuntu ask me for my password before logging in. This is only ...
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How to find active users in Ubuntu?

With help of the who command we can get active users, I want only the first field such as user 1 user 2 user 3
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Making a specific root folder accessible to user

I am using virtual box with ubuntu as the guest, which has a feature to share a folder between the host and guest, which is located for the guest in the media folder under root. It is quite ...
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How to add my user account to admin group (13.10 desktop) [duplicate]

I was trying to extract a web template into the hosting folder /docroot on the web service, which is working, however I do not have permission to complete the action. I cannot stand being locked out ...
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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 ...