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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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When asking for advice, How can I make my questions more clear? [migrated]

I have asked a few questions already, and I get at least 1 comment saying that I was unclear, or didn't provide enough information. I'm very new to ubuntu, and I'm hoping to learn and get better, and ...
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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 ...
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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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Permission of files which are in a folder doesn't change from root

I had a problem with installing Virtualenv, Python3.4 and Django 1.7, so I entered as root and became successful to install them. but know I am being encountered with permission limitations. all of my ...
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Can I somehow pause all processes of an user logged in in background?

I have mainly two accounts on my 14.10 laptop: Mine (admin) and my brother's (restricted). Now when my brother is logged in and runs some applications like firefox with flash player, it consumes ...
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How to configure /va/lib/AccountsService/users/?

I know files in /va/lib/AccountsService/users/ are related to users configuration.But i can't find any documents about how to modify these configuration files. So is there any document? I even ...
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User doesn't get gksu dialog so apps just fail

I am using Ubuntu with Xfce on Android in a chroot (via Linux Deploy). When I try to run some software that requires admin/root access the GUI does not prompt me for the admin password like it does ...
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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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Switch user on live session gives “no passwd entry”

I cannot access my Ubuntu-system anymore (see this question). Now I'm booting my computer with a bootable-Ubuntu-usb-stick, this works and I try to access my files to keep my files on the hard drive ...
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Why there are many guest accounts on my system?

After I saw this answer, I realized that there are many guest accounts on my system: grep guest /etc/passwd guest-jzXeRx:x:117:127:Guest,,,:/tmp/guest-jzXeRx:/bin/false ...
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I need some data on the distribution of Ubuntu users

I'm a research scholar in JNU (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi). Now I'm doing a paper in International Political Economy of Windows and Ubuntu. These are two similar products that use ...
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what are the recommended “users and groups” settings for groups to be checked

As I have created new users I have noticed they have different groups selected. For example one user has its own name selected the other does not. What groups should be selected by default and which ...
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Users and Groups Administration tool - What do the options in User Privileges tab of Advanced Settings do?

How does the "User Privileges" tab in the Advanced Settings of Users and Groups GUI work? I mean this window: Does it simply add or remove the user from certain groups, or is there something else? ...
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Unable to execute tdist command in ubuntu

Unable to execute tdist and tdisco command in tconcoord file. It is showing this command does not exist. I tried to install it by using sudo apt-get install, but it is showing it doesn’t contain in ...
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How to recover a deleted user

I recently installed the last version of Ubuntu (14.04). I had 3 independent disks: /dev/sda1 mounted on / /dev/sdc1 mounted on /data /dev/sdb5 mounted on /home I installed the last Ubuntu version ...
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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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Allow chown command to www-data user

Is there a way to allow chown command to be run by www-data but limiting it in a way that the files owner can be changed only to uids greator than that of www-data user? I already researched a lot ...
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How to get all user details

How can I get groups, permissions, shell, etc from a desired user from command line? There is a tool to obtain all basic data for each user?
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What does the automatic login?

Under "User Accounts", there's a toggle option labeled Automatic Login: What does that do if it's tabbed to "on"? I haven't tried the function yet and I'd like advice from an expert.
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How to set permisions for groups?

I have a problem with Ubuntu server version. I need to set access permissions for groups (and user in group) (Sorry for my English) eg.: I have 3 group. developers managers administrators And a ...
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How to launch chromium with specific user

The chromium browser allows to have multiple users with individual bookmarks, extension etc. within chromium. Is it possible to launch chromium with parameters which specify which user to be loaded. ...
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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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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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Ubuntu no longer prompts for root privilege (but doesn't give it either)

So on 14.04 LTS I was playing around with some settings to solve another problem, and somehow managed to screw things up and now Ubuntu no longer asks for root privileges before trying to perform ...
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What is the normal reason for changing user ID?

A little discussions alike this what is a fame of Askubuntu hints me to ask for community opinion due to this is a "multipolar" theme and adequate answer written normal English at the normal user ...
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Prevent standard users from seeing and running some apps

How to control just some apps to be available on other accounts, Not all of them?
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How do you create a shell script?

I need to create a shell script that will create a user then put it into a group. How do I do it?
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adding and deleting users problem

I have a problem with users this problem is that I can't add or delete them. When I try to add or delete them I have those logs: I searched it on the internet and I found that these problems are ...