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VNC connect to background user

Is it somehow possible to allow local VNC connection to background user to other people while I'm myself working as the main user?
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How to add new Users to Ubuntu tablet BQ M10?

I have just unboxed my all-new BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition and started it for the first time. The device comes with Ubuntu 15.04 pre-installed. While playing around, I was unable to find any setting ...
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Do files/directories belong to a user AND a group?

I'm trying to understand how file permissions work in Ubuntu. However, I can't understand the difference between user and group permissions. In here it says: Owner permissions − The owner's ...
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What is each logged in user doing?

To expand on this question: users command lists 5 of the same users...what are they doing? How can I track down what each user is doing or what service/app/request spawned another login of that user? ...
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How to display the group-memberships for every user of the system?

I need a command that displays the system’s users and groups from /etc/passwd and /etc/group. For each user I want to display the username, UID and all groups the user is a member of. I tried cat ...
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Find out which program requested authentication

I get password prompts like the one below every now and then. Usually they say: Authentication is required to change your own user data But I have not requested to do so. This often happens ...
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Bssh script for creatiing users

Linux enables tasks which are regularly carried out to be automated through the use of shell scripts. Plan, write and test a shell script that could automate the task of creating new users and ...
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Ubuntu Live User Password

We've all seen the question before; "What is the password to the live user on Ubuntu?" This is always coupled with the same, correct, answer; "There is none." But how does that work? If I were to ...
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How do I create default folders for new users?

What I want to do is this : When I create a new user in Ubuntu, I want him to have a copy of a folder, let's call him "abc", in his own home directory. Is there any way to automate this or do I have ...
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Member of group cannot cd into directory

I have a folder testfolder with owner tuser1 and group testgroup. ls -l shows this: drwxr-x--- 24 tuser1 testgroup 4096 Apr 17 13:33 testfolder tuser2 also belongs to testgroup. getent group ...
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How to NOT become a root user? Are administrators root?

I installed Ubuntu on my PC. To log in, I use the username and password I created during installation. Does this mean I am a root user? If yes, then how do I become non-root? It looks like non-root ...
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Can't Clone a User Profile?

I have a user profile all setup with all settings the way I want them. I want to copy the entire configured profile to a new user account. This is what I'm doing (user is already added to system): ...
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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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Renaming user name

I made a mistake in the username at the time of installation. So I changed the name of the user after logging in by creating a guest account with SUDO rights. But when I checked the list of users ...
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I deleted the “/etc/passwd” file and cannot log in

I was trying to change my username and also my home directory (/home/username) and my system started to crash. I deleted the passwd file but I had a backup named passwd_bkp. I tried to rename this ...
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Problem with an user

I was trying to follow a video tutorial to install ldap in Ubuntu with a client and a server. The tutorial's girl said about create an user in a new file, "usuario.ldif". This is what I wrote: dn: ...
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Recovering user data after misinformed username change

I wished to change my username. To acheive this, I made the unfortunate choice to simply edit "/etc/passwd", replacing the respective username. Now I cannot log in anymore as that user. I assume this ...
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Firefox 45.0.1 doesn't play videos when run as a different user on ubuntu 15.10

If something similar has already been posted somewhere: sorry about that; I am noobish... I have a newly installed Ubuntu 15.10 and I'm trying to run firefox as a different user (lets call this user ...
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PAM configuration error can cause “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error

I want to add this information to the question 'How to fix “The system is running in low-graphics mode” error?', but I'm newly registered and don't have the reputation to comment on that question. ...
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How can I find out my user name?

How do I know my username? I've installed Ubuntu, but I don't know my username, only my password. I can't access my laptop and it can't be opened.
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Root Script Execution at Non-Root User LogIn/LogOut

A script that requires root privileges needs to be executed when a non-root privileged user signs in/out. How do I handle this?
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Add user to existing Group

I want to add the Apache user (www-data) to the audio group. I've read the man page for useradd, but I'm not having any luck. I'm running xubuntu 11.10. Here's what I'm doing: $ sudo useradd -G audio ...
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Disable features for a specific user

I want to disable all features on a specific user, on my Ubuntu 15.10. I want him to: Don't change the wallpaper I followed this How to restrict users on changing their wallpapers? , but my ...
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How to check the list of packages and applications installed along with the name of the users that installed them.? [duplicate]

I have a Ubuntu desktop which is accessed by many other users. Is there an option or a command to check all the packages/application that was installed by a particular user. Thanks
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Ubuntu Mate Default Settings for User

I want when I create a new user, this user loads automatically a default setting file with a pre-made desktop environment. I had tried to add my config to ...
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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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Running my process in a different user

I have a simple Node JS script running on my Ubuntu VPS on the root user, the VPS will be used for nothing else, doesn't use excessive CPU or RAM or allocated memory space. Should I create a new user ...
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Why does switching users completely hang my system every time?

I have a fresh install of 11.04 64bit, with 2 administrator accounts and 4 normal accounts. The 4 normal accounts (the kids' accounts) don't have passwords, they can login simply by clicking on ...
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how do I set the libreoffice icon style for new users?

My organisation wants to have a common icon-style for libreoffice - they want to change from "Tango" to "sifr" for all new users. Obviously a user can set the icon-style themselves via The ...
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When I add myself “vboxusers” group I an no longer in the “admins” group

I'm using Ubuntu 11.10 and I installed VirtualBox. This required me to add myself to the vboxusers group but when I add myself to vboxusers group I am no longer be in other groups and especially ...
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How to reset the default users [duplicate]

I was having some trouble with virtualenv and sudo and such and I found a solution which involved running chown on a directory. Instead of doing what the instructions said I did the completely wrong ...
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Where does Ubuntu store the default groups new users are added to?

Is there a file that contains the list of default groups that all newly created users will belong to? An answer to the following question provides a work-around for creating users with certain group ...
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I unexpetedly deleted administrator account and the other accounts are asking root password

I unexpectedly deleted my user account (the only administrator for the machine). I have another account which is standard account now i cant access my hard disk or anything with that standard account ...
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Firefox plugin pauses after switching user account in Ubuntu 14.04

I am running automatic scripts (Instagram Liker) using iMacros (A Firefox PLugin) on an Ubuntu Machine. I have two accounts on the same computer. One for running my scripts and the other for family ...
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Terminal: List all directories for which a user or group has write permission

I'd like to list all the directories for which a user or group has write permissions. I found this question on ServerFault, but it addresses a Windows Server, so I'm optimistic there's something ...
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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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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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How to edit read-only file in etc?

I'm a brand new user so I'm not sure of my way around the system yet. I want to change my computer's name, so I tried to edit the name in /etc/hostname, but it is a read-only file. Adding the '!' ...
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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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How to create new user with Public key authentication?

I have Ubuntu Server 14.04 LTS. I have Public key authentication enabled by default. I used the following command to create new user: sudo useradd -m -c "John T." john -s /bin/bash The command ...
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It doesnt open the Users Settings, System Settings

Every time i click in Users Settings, in System Settings, it closes the window. A million times trying and it stills keep closing. Would somebody help me on this?
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Why do users created from System settings > user accounts not appear in sudoers?

I'm running Ubuntu 15.10 on different machines. On one of those I had to create a new user from command line (adduser) and then I added it to /etc/sudoers to give admin authorizations to that user. ...
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Ubuntu Server/Samba

I've installed Ubuntu Server and added Samba to use as a very basic file server with a few different users with their own accounts. Should I create the users and the groups in Ubuntu or in Samba, or ...
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Why is “/bin/false” required to install the packages?

I'm installing ntp package by giving the configuration as useradd -c "Network Time Protocol" -d /var/lib/ntp -u 87 \ -g ntp -s /bin/false ntp In the above command what does /bin/false ...
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How to make user account always use default configuration

I need to set up a student account on school computers so that it always uses default configuration - windows sizes, apps layout etc. and also always deletes files after reboot or log out. It's ...
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XRDP Ubuntu - Default Ubuntu shell

I have installed Ubuntu for enterprise purposes. I have also configured it With XRDP, but what bothers me is that when I use xrdp I just see an ugly Shell. I want the People to RDP to the ubuntu ...
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Adding users from text file [duplicate]

I'm trying to add multiple users from a text file and then to a group but I keep getting this error: 'seradd: invalid user name 'srogers My current script is: for i in $(cat users.txt) do echo ...
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logout isnt working [duplicate]

What is the command to log out using the terminal? my logout button isnt working. Im sure I can exit using sudo pkill lightdm is that the command, or is there something else? I’m using Ubuntu mate ...
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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 ...