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How can I get a Byobu split to reload users permissions?

Having updated a users group with usermod -G <grouplist> <user> in one Byobu split, I was hoping to be able to open a new split and have the permissions take effect there.. rather than ...
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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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Need help installing LibreOffice 4.4 on Ubuntu 15.04

From a new Ubuntu 15.04 install: When launching any application of the LibreOffice suite the LibreOffice splash screen starts with the following error box: LibreOffice 4.4 - Fatal Error The ...
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How do I allow a user to only run the apt-get update command with sudo?

I cannot figure out how to allow a user (in this case test) to only be able to run the apt-get update command with the sudoers file. When ever I try to add the user and then test it out it still does ...
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Root access stripped off my user [on hold]

I think my user id has been stripped off its root access. I can't do anything on the GUI interface, can't mount drives, can't update softwares (only partial update allowed), can't add or delete users ...
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Creating new users with groups other than default one

How can I create new users and assign them passwords from my Ubuntu server . And then how can I assign them to two named groups.
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Restrict access to my home folder from another standard user account

I have made a new user on my machine to be used by my family. But when I logged in to the family account which is not an administrative account, I could access my home folder(which is an ...
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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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Error while sharing a folder with domain admin account

I am using ubuntu and windows server 2008 in a virtual box. i added ubuntu in a windows domain. I have created a user account named user123 during installation of ubuntu. I can share a folder with ...
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How can I preset aliases for all users?

I have Ubuntu 14.04.2. I want to make it so all users automatically have a specific set of aliases. I have my aliases set in my personal .bashrc, but I don't want to have to manually copy them into ...
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Permission problem

I'm running a vsftpd FTP Server, where system users can login. An application that must be running with root rights, is writing files in the directory of the ftp users. I've created a new group ...
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How can I add more user?

Ubuntu 14.10 Desktop has been installed. An account and a guest are seen on my User Account. A button to add more user is deactivated. What should I do to do? HELLOVENUS Fantagio
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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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What is “root” and how can I become it? [duplicate]

When I ran a command, I got the following error: You need to be root to perform this command. What is root and how can I become it?
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problems with one user [duplicate]

I am an amateur. So there is nothing simple I should know. Basically, I installed Linux on a my PC as windows 7 kept freezing just to give something a try. It worked. So my brother made me make him ...
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Managing permission for multiuser manual installation in /opt [duplicate]

Similar questions have been asked but I can't seem to find a proper answer. Basically, I am installing several application manually e.g eclipse, android-sdk, android-adt, arduino etc. and have ...
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Dynamically set user groups for directories and files on a directory

I have made some vhosts which resides on my home folder, and i have given the group access to www-data user. This way the project (a web system) renders on the browser. This is a symfony based ...
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Running a bash script on “Switch User”?

I've had my first dabble with bash and got a working script going for each user on session start which checks if a NAS share is mounted and if it is unmounts it and mounts as the current user. This ...
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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 ...
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How to enable or disable 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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Stop prompting for password every time I do something requiring privileges

I didn't see this answered satisfactorily anywhere, so I figured I'd ask. Every time I go to do something requiring privileges, such as install a program, open restricted folders, etc., I'm prompted ...
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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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OSSEC user accounts disabled

I have recently installed OSSEC (2.8.1), and during the installation I noticed that it created some extra user accounts. But when viewing those user accounts in my System Settings > User Accounts ...
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How to change file ownership when chown says “invalid user: ‘–R'”?

ubuntu64@ubuntu:/$ sudo chown –R hduser:hadoop mongodbdata chown: invalid user: ‘–R' When I try to change the ownership of the file, I am just getting invalid user: '-R' error.
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Add users to Samba Server

I've installed and configured Samba Server on Ubuntu. I'm trying to add Samba users. I want to add them without creating a user account(for each user) on Server machine itself. Can I maintain a ...
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MRPT integration with Player/Stage

Can MRPT http://www.mrpt.org/ be integrated with simulator Player/Stage ? Has anyone done it ?
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Move home folder to second drive

I have 2 HDD drives in my computer. At the moment second drive is mounted as /media/storage. How can I move my user data from /home to /media/storage/home? Can I just move the data over there and ...
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Possible to have @ in username in Ubuntu 14.04?

Is it possible to have usernames with @ in them in Ubuntu 14.04? I'm asking as I would like to try this to fix an issue I'm having with a Git username.
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Dell 7537 syslog over 40 GB

I am a new user and not a techie, but i love ubuntu. I am at 14.10 currently and have almost 60GB allocated to /var but lately the /var folder has been eating up almost over 40GB of space, the last ...
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Why anacron does not call the crontab user files?

I want a special command to be lauched everyday, but dont want to put it in the /etc/cron.d/ because its a user specific user! pg@pipoTower: ~$ crontab -l # m h dom mon dow command 0 0 * * * ...
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Disable a drive for a specific user

I've just made a new user account for a friend of mine. But I don't want him to have access to my data drive ( it's not the drive where ubuntu is installed on but just a data drive ). How can I ...
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How to change permission to the users on ubuntu 12.04?

How to change permission to the users to restrict their accessibility? I want to cannot see or cannot access the System Files, Devices and Network in home folder? I used ubuntu 12.04 Thanks, Jerrick ...
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Cannot login on Ubuntu 14.04?

For some reason, after restarting my computer, I am now unable to log in to my main user account. It accepts my password, the screen changes as if to start the desktop but then brings me back to the ...
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where are the users in my ubuntu?

So I created 2 users in my ubuntu and now I can't find them.. Can someone tell me where are they placed? I want o configure they're information and permission for the sake of practice.
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Administrative Account [duplicate]

My soon to be daughter-in-law has a laptop with ubuntu installed. Her account is not a standard account but an administrative account. She also has the automatic log-in. Trying to help out I told ...
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Why is it bad to login as root?

I've often come across posts on forums or other websites where you see people joking in such a manner about running/logging in as root as if it's something awful and everyone ought to know about it. ...
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Prevent User to remove software

How can I make Users without any Administrative privileges? I have installed Ubuntu 14.0.4 for the students to learn Ubuntu. Guest user is best but user can not save program files or anything inside ...
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Problem using spamassassin as non-root user

I am running spamassassin on Ubuntu 14.04 as root. When I am calling any of the methods, such as Check or ReportSpam, I am also passing in another user that the check should be run as. However I get a ...
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Not able to add user image in Ubuntu 14.04

There is an option to add user image/photograph under User Accounts in System Settings. But whenever I try to add an user image, the system settings freeze and I have to kill it using xkill command. ...
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how to delete a primary group [duplicate]

Myself is Divya.. i am new to Linux/Unix.. i have a question on user and group management.. I read that for deleting a group a group must be empty.. I want to delete a primary group without deleting ...
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Adding a new user using grub in dual-boot

I am recently using Ubuntu 12.04 and I also use a computer that is dual-boot with Ubuntu 12.04 and windows 7. In my Ubuntu session, I wanted to add a user without logging in and I used this method to ...
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Can't Delete User

Some months ago I created user named 'SNORT_IDS' for some reason. Now i am not able to remove that user from log-in panel of ubuntu. I've tried using, userdel SNORT_IDS It tells user doesn't ...
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Users disappeared after upgrade samba minor version

I use Ubuntu 11.04 and today I have upgraded samba from 2:4.1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu2.14.04.3 to 2:4.1.6+dfsg-1ubuntu2.14.04.7 with some other packages. After restart service samda-ad-dc all my users and ...
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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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How do I create a new user account? [duplicate]

How do you I create a new user account on Ubuntu?
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Unix permissions - what EXACTLY is the “owner group” (note: singular)?

I'm programming a Fuse file-system. So far so normal, didn't encounter unsolvable problems (except performance). However, I read the following articles: http://linuxcommand.org/lts0070.php ...
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How to prevent user from closing applicanions

i would like to see your thoughts on this problem: i have a computer class with 5 machines, teachers will need to play audio/video files, run presentations, surf the web, have access to home directory ...
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user not recognized from the recovery mode

I wanted to add my user account to another group so I booted into recovery mode and chosen the Drop to root shell option but when i type in the shell usermod -a -G aGroup myUsername it tells me that ...
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give access right to a super user regarding other users directory when using ftp

when using ftp, and connecting with a ftp account, corresponding to a user account, it shows only the files for the connected user directory. I want to give to a specific user, the right to explore ...
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xubuntu 14.04 user file access

Running Xubuntu 14.04. I have several user accounts set up as "desktop users", but when they are logged in, they are unable to open ANY files in their HOME folder. Error messages vary, but typically ...