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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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Unable to remove domain name from 14.04

I have a domain called "csez.testcorp.com". I have created a user called "admin". But in terminal it appears as "testcorp\admin@admin:~$" I want to remove the testcorp in front of the domain user ...
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I don't want other administrator to change my password [duplicate]

I have one administrator account in my system which named as "admin". One more admin account called "test". I don't want test account to reset "admin" account and root account password in my system. ...
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How do I kill processes in Ubuntu?

How do I kill all processes running by my own non-root account? I have some spinning smbd processes that I caused from my windows machine and so I telnetted into the linux server and I want to kill ...
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Find where your files are being used

Im running a server with no GUI. Is there a way to find where my files are being called? I want to know which files are calling my /bin/auto-root-login. I want to know this because my system uses ...
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External drive user permissions

I have an external drive I've set up to mount at /media/'name of directory' The permissions on the drive show the group as "users", with access "Create and delete files" (I set that using chown). But ...
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I've changed my computer host name, but it's not affected on files? [on hold]

I have changed the name of a newer laptop to my name, but all files etc., are still referred to as the old name. In your discription to change host name using CMD prompt, I didn't understand how to ...
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How to enable password for administrator user account [duplicate]

I disabled the password for my user account while I was logged in (I was the only administrator). But I did not enable automatic login. I switched user to "Guest", but when I switched back to my ...
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How to add users to vboxusers

So I want to use my flashdrive in Windows XP, which I am currently running in Virtualbox, but when I open up the settings to enable usb usage, I get an error: Failed to access the USB subsystem. ...
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Moving away from ROOT user

I've recently been asked to help out a friend with some server and website issues they have been having, nothing major really. However I found out that since the day they got their VPS everything, ...
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Hide a particular account from user accounts

How to hide a particular administrator account from user accounts in system settings? I need it for security reasons. Is it possible?
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I can't add myself(default user) in sudo group in ubuntu [duplicate]

I accidentally changed my primary group using the following command. sudo usermod -g localgroup shantanu #shantanu is my username I interrupted this process as soon as I realize what is happening. ...
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Ubuntu 13.10 x64 one account launcher not showing

On my account on my computer (and my only one) doesn't want to show the launcher. I know this was asked before but none of their answers worked, like ccms. The top bar doesn't show up either. All that ...
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Script To Logout Root and Login User

I was wondering if there was a way to make a script that logouts of root or takes the automatic root login and logs in a user. This is for security reason so that the user cannot change important ...
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Ubuntu complains that I am not “Owner” when copying files to certain folders

I am trying to copy a folder into the user/share/themes folder on Ubuntu 14.04, and it's telling me I cannot do this because I am not "owner". So I right-clicked the usr/share/themes folder > ...
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Setting up new user allowed actions

I made a new user but have been trying to research how to limit their ability to make changes to the system. I am basically looking for them to having the ability to change ifconfig settings. Beyond ...
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cannot login to my account after recovering my password, ubuntu 13.10

I forgot my password to my admin account, so i tried to recover it many times, change it etc... I tried it through grub, no luck. Finally I succeeded through tty. so now I have a working passwd, ...
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best practice for sharing data between users [duplicate]

I'm new to ubuntu and i've partitioned disk as follows / 100G swap 30g -- i need to run virtuals /home 500g and that structure after searching the problem I face is where to put files for ...
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How to grant write permissions in Samba?

I'm having trouble with read/write permissions on my Samba server, how do I fix my smb.conf and file permissions to have a more unified access? smb.conf [global] workgroup = workgroup netbios name = ...
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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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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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useradd not asking for a password?

I created new users from the terminal using sudo useradd -g mygroup testuser but I wasn’t prompted to set a password? why was that? the users have now been created but I need to set a password for ...
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How to restrict an user to a specific desktop environment

I'm running a more or less standard installation of Ubuntu Precise 12.04 and I am quite satisfied with doing everydays task with Unity desktop environment. When it comes to playing, however, I feel ...
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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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What can I do to improve the reputation of someone (a colleague) that answered my question? [migrated]

What can I do to improve the reputation of a colleague, of someone, that answered my question in such a way that the answer is very helpful? Very probably the only way is to read carefully the ...
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How to make user home folder after account creation?

I created a new user with useradd name and forgot to use -d -m to create their home directory. I tried making one, copying the contents of /etc/skel, and chowning everything to the new user. ...
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How to connect to MS exchange server 2010 from evolution with a multiuser account

I have latest evolution client, which works well with my private mail and is running through MS exchange 2010. I have configured it via Exchange Web Services. I Can receive and send without problems. ...
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I lost my user and my home

Yesterday I started Ubuntu and when I put in my password at the login screen it said "password incorrect". I ran the Ubuntu check disk utility and an error said "2 problems press any key to ...
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Simple & easy way to jail users

I need a simple and easy way to jail users in their home directories in Oneiric. Do you have a simple configuration for jailing users, with full help, or some good web links? I would be offering an ...
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Why does Ubuntu keep asking me for another super user's password?

I have two users: misha-local (the first user I created when installing Ubuntu) misha (a user authenticated against an LDAP server) I'm logged in as misha. misha@misha-antec:~$ whoami misha ...
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Different users with different encrypted workplace?

When installing Ubuntu there is an option to encrypt the workplace. Now for one user I would have an encrypted place. That´s fine, but what if I would like to add later a second user. For that user2 I ...
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Change guest username

Now, looking around on Google shows me some ways in which to customise the settings of the Guest session. But, I would love a way to change the name of the Guest account. Basically, I'm planning 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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How do I unlock a user account?

I've been to system settings and to User Accounts. My account is the only one on the system and I have previously been able to UnLock the screen so that I could set my account to login without ...
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Prevent a user using sudo [duplicate]

Can we restrict a user and do not let him to go to the root mode. For example, when he inter sudo su, The system tells him you can not access the root?
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Is adding a user needs password [duplicate]

In my Ubuntu after login by my user account, I want to create another user I intered bellow commands : adduser alex_2 -m I created new user, but when I want to login, Ubuntu needs passwords and I ...
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Virtual filesystem acting as a clone+difference of a master filesystem

At my company about 10 devs share an ubuntu dev server. We have separate code directories, but due to our database size (about 50 GB), it isn't practical to clone the mysql database for each ...
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How can I have the HOME directory for one user on an external drive?

I want to have the HOME directory of one user on an external drive and the HOME directories of all other users in the usual place.
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Create read only user and grant SSH access

I need to create read-only users and make it available for them to SSH with that user name: groupadd -g 5000 rouser useradd -u 5000 -g 5000 -md /home/rouser -c "StrongView Linux User" -s /bin/bash ...
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Which user is logged in, with likewise and Ubuntu12.4?

I need to know which user is logged in my computer but with likewise package installed it does not work. I've used the following commands who users psutil.get_users()[with python] in all cases the ...
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Granting a sftp user access to a /var/www directory

I've created a user and made his home directory /var/www/mysite/ftpdir I've also added a Match user entry for this user in sshd_config with a ChrootDirectory that points to /var/www/mysite I've ...
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Is it possible to allow the User Account to access the 'Volumes' without asking the Administrator's password?

Am the administrator of my Ubuntu system. Recently I added a new user account. But when ever the user tries to access or open the 'Volumes'(Drives where movies, songs and other files are stored) it ...
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signature not found in user keyring, perhaps try the interactive 'ecryptfs-mount-private'

My Ubuntu 13.04 froze while working with the encrypted user account USER1 . I rebooted and since then I cant login to the user account USER1 even with correct password. I login in to user account ...
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Limiting file access for a huge number of users

The ubuntu is really great for it's user management, every service can use it's own system user: but should I use it for distribution? Let's say I have a service, that I host, with many customers who ...
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Cannot delete user - running '/usr/sbin/userdel' failed: Child process exited with code 16

When I tried to delete a user using the User Accounts window under Settings, I get the following error message: running '/usr/sbin/userdel' failed: Child process exited with code 16 How can I delete ...
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What is the different between an Normal and Admin account?

What is the different between an Normal user account and the Admin account in Ubuntu? You must always enter your password if you want do something. Can you give a Normal account "limitations" to do ...
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Sharing files to another account

I have just opened an account on the system settings on my pc for family members. I want to put some pictures and videos from my account on to theirs.
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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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Samba: change primary group for domain user mapped with winbind

I use the setup that utilize mixture of local and domain accounts. Local accounts: for Domain users that poses local user on UNIX box I use static user map file. These users are mapped correctly. ...
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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, ...