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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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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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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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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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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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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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Upgrade to 13.04, user picture shows up on lightdm. Can I change it?

So, I recently upgraded my Xubuntu to 13.04, and afterwards I noticed that there is now a picture of me on the lightdm login screen. I have no idea where this picture came from, I don't remember it ...
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kde profiles for home, work movie watching etc

Is there a way to configure different KDE config modes for different profiles? when i am watching a movie i don't want to see a screen saver or lock screen, but when working at my PC i want to start a ...
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Username Modification while Retaining Data Structure

I've tried this in the past with zero success. How do I change the /home/USER directory for a user, when I change their username, and how do I update their username without causing massive breakage? ...
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How to enable or disabled a user?

I'm uing ubuntu 12.04 desktop. I have 3 users: user1(administrator), user2(standard) and guest. I wanted to disable user1 and enable user2 which auto logs on with no password but after I did that I ...
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Leave application running as we switch users

How can I leave Deluge Bittorrent running as different family members log into and use our Ubuntu 12.04 laptop? This seems like it should be some sort of daemon, but of course it has a GUI, which I'd ...
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How to change administrator password? [duplicate]

At the user accounts I set the Password in the (connection options ) at none then when I tried to unlock the user accounts it ask for a password, when I type the old one it says its wrong. I tried to ...
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Customization: Specific DE for specific User

Is it possible to setup? Suppose, I have two users: Home and Work. For Home I want to use GNOME Shell or KDE a beautiful DE. (Or something else) For Work I want to use LXDE or MATE as fastest DE. ...
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added new user no shell/ tab completing

I added a new ubuntu user with this command useradd -d /home/newname -m newname It seems no tab completing feature and only $ as prompt, When I logged in as root I see root@server$ as prompt. ...
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Can I set my user account to have no password?

If I attempt to change my password to nothing by opening "User Accounts", the "Change" button remains greyed out: How do I change my password to be empty? I know you can set Ubuntu to automatically ...
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Mount bind with full ownership and permissions

I am using 12.10 on virtualbox. I have my windows documents folder shared through virtual box folder share. Then I wanted to use mount --bind to mount my documents folder to the ubuntu user documents ...
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How can I perform the su command to switch to a network user without a password?

I have a local user and a network user (authenticated over LDAP) that I frequently use su to switch to for certain tasks. I'm wondering how I can avoid typing the password for the network user every ...
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Unable to recover admin account ubuntu 11.10

i had accidentally deleted the admin account. i am using the system from standard how to recover the administrator account which i had deleted, please do favour me in resolving this isssue.
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Regain access to root after setting the shell to /sbin/nologin

I edited the file /etc/passwd on my server in the following way: root:x:0:0:root:/root:/sbin/nologin Now I can not login as root. When I enter the su command, Cannot execute /sbin/nologin: No such ...
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How to add a new user in Ubuntu 12.04, and how i give them a root user privileges [duplicate]

How to add a new user in Ubuntu 12.04, and how i give them a root user privileges
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Limited access accounts for a low maintenance deployment?

Forgive me if I haven't done quite as much digging trying to solve this on my own as I could have: I'm currently in Zambia, and my internet access is unpredictible and slow when it's working. I'm ...
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How to create a web browser only session [duplicate]

I was recently in a Virgin media shop and was interested to see that they had laptops running Ubuntu for customers to browse the web on. The setup itself was interesting and I'm wondering if anyone ...
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User called backup1… what is it for? how to know if it's not compromised?

I was checking my /etc/passwd, when I noticed a user called backup1. What attracted my attention is the number 1 at the end. Is it ok? how can I know if this user is compromised? Im using ubuntu ...
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Basic server build for practicing and learning linux on

I am taking it upon myself to learn Linux,so here is what I want to accomplish; I want to set up a server primarily for practice. I don't need it to do anything specific accept allow me to login via ...
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Do not own my computer? [duplicate]

I was trying to install some plugins for my navigational program when I noticed I can't do changes to the file. And after a while I noticed that I'm not allowed to do any changes to the filesystem. ...
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How can I prevent users accessing anything but their own home directory?

How can I prevent users accessing anything but their own home directory? For example, I have a NTFS partition mounted under /media/ntfs, so if the user logs in through ssh he can reach this ...
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Authentication failed with the correct password and now I cannot use sudo anymore

Recently I installed Ubuntu 12.04 (first time on Ubuntu). I have my normal "administrator", and another Guest account. I was experimenting today with the user accounts, and set my "administrator" ...
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Vstfpd and many accounts creation: is there a howto?

I've been googling around and didn't find valuable answer. I have 98 students. I want to create, for each student a directory where they can upload their own files. Unless I'm wrong, it seems I'll ...
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Why can a new user not write to external Hard Drive?

I installed Precise Pangolin using this guide. I created a user account for my wife and a guest account. I formatted and mounted an external hard drive to the server. I created several file shares ...
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How to give Public_html to each user?

I have a new installation of Ubuntu 12.04 and I want to have 2 or more users be able to test with apache/php/mysql. Within default config at sites-available I added two different VirtualHosts, one ...
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per user lxc containers

I am sure I saw how to do this on a webpage around the intergoogle somewhere. But Is it possible to have your system setup so when you create a user on your machine they log into their own LXC ...
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How do I create a user on Ubuntu Touch for my Tablet? (Nexus 10)

Is there a way to create your own user account in Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 10 tablet?
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Is it possible to create disposable password for a user account

Some time I want to give access to my computer for my Guests. How can I create a disposable password to my user account so that they have no access to my account in the future, without my permission. ...
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run a command as user at boot time Ubuntu 12.04

I want to run a command at boot time that basically looks like this: python /home/me/.hidden/commnd.py Also, this needs to run as me, not root. I know it can be done, but my google-fu is weak ...
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Can I change user in the Unity interface without having to type password when changing back?

First of all, let me emphasize that I am talking about my home computer that I use for personal use. I have two accounts in Ubuntu: one for me, one for my wife. We don't use separate accounts to ...
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Is there a way to autostart a user session without logging in?

I am administering a hybrid server/workstation using Ubuntu 12.04. There are several users that have access to the PC, and it is also working as a simplified fileserver using samba. This fileserver is ...
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Recommendations for restoring accounts after replacing a disk drive?

Several of our development servers have flaky SSDs that need to be replaced. The machines are still usable, but we see lots of errors in dmesg, and every once in a while they need to be rebooted ...