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How may user account disappear?

My user account has disappeared from a computer with ubuntu server 12.04. I discovered this by trying to ssh to it, and the owner of this machine confirmed that my user was gone by attempting to "su ...
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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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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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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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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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Deleted the .wine folder and lost all my data

HELP! I deleted the .wine folder from my user folder and i've lost all my data. How can i get my files back? What happened? I use Ubuntu 12.04! i don't know much about ubuntu yet. Thank You
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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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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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How to give nopasswd access to multiple commands via sudoers?

Below is what I know: I have to add this below line in sudoers file to give rights to the user for particular task. user_name ALL=NOPASSWD: /usr/bin/apt-get install In this case I want to give ...
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Create a new SSH user on Ubuntu Server

Just created a new virtual Ubuntu server and I'm in the process of hardening it for production use. I currently have a root account. I want to do the following: Create a new user (let's call them ...
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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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What is the purpose of the 'nobody' user?

After I read List all human users I noticed that there is a user account named 'nobody' in my Ubuntu system. Also I noticed that I can login in this account from terminal using the following command ...
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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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Logging out other users from the command line

Sometimes when there are too many users logged in it can cause my computer to become very slow and laggy due to low amount of available RAM. I would like to be able to quickly log out the other users ...
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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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How to manage users and groups?

Just switched from 10.04 to 11.10. I'm wondering about the limited options in the GUI for managing users and groups. Where is the old GUI to change groups, id's, etc. I know that I can do this from ...
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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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Authenticate user that has no password?

I've set up my user account so that no password is required to login and I need to install some updates. However when prompted for the password, it says authentication failed if I leave the box ...
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Setting up a firewall Ubuntu Server 13.10 to specified domain users of a Windows server 2008

So, here's the plan: I want to set up a firewall that allows/blocks certain websites for specified users in a Windows server domain (local); For example: For the user domain.name/user1 I want to ...
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? on Migrating to new server

I am relatively new to linux and have a question. I am setting up a LAMP server to replace an old one running Server 12.10. I want to migrate all the users setup in Ubuntu and MySQL to the new server ...
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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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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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Why can other users see the files in my home folder?

I just added a new, underprivileged "desktop user," and I was surprised to discover that it can see the files in my home folder. What is the rational for setting up such lax permissions?
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Default groups for user in Ubuntu?

Installed HP Linux Imaging and Printing by using install script and something crashed. Now I'm only member of my own group and lp. Which are the default groups for users in for example Ubuntu 12.10? ...
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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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Solving permission problems when using external EXT4 hard disk with multiple linux installs

Hello I have a external hard drive and since I only use Ubuntu and Fedora I decide to format my hard drive to ext4 everything is fine. The problem is when i mount the drive i need to change the ...
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I'm Unable to change/set Read write permission on mounted remote drives and directories

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I've been working on a read write permission issue involving a network drive mounted locally on my Ubuntu box. I Use this device to run my Plex server, I keep my media files on a ...
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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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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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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 do I give www-data user to a folder in my home folder?

I have a folder: /home/myuser/folderA I want to give www-data user write access to the above, while 'myuser' continues to have normal access (as it is myuser's home folder anyway). Which commands do ...
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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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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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How can I limit Symform's privileges?

Symform's services expect to be run as root. For example, when I override what user runs them, they fail with errors such as: mv: cannot move '/tmp/symformtasks.98145' to '/etc/cron.d/symform-node': ...
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How do I find my /usr file?

When I installed Ubuntu on my MBP I only made the linux swap partition and the "/" partition. I was looking for my /usr file and searched for it but I came up empty handed. I'm guessing I should have ...
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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 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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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 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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Configuring SAMBA shares for multiple users

First of all, I apologize if this is a duplicate, but I've been having serious issues both figuring out and also finding a resolution to my situation on any threads on multiple sites for days now. I ...
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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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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. ...