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How can I log out idle users?

I have some kiosk PCs that pretty much work like the Ubuntu guest session. The kiosk users home has a union filesystem mounted on top of it so the can't change anything but can still save files while ...
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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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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 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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How can I restrict a user to specific command?

I will restrict my user chipi to only one executable command. I will allow him only to use ./ftprestart.sh: $ cat ftprestart.sh sudo service proftpd restart How can i do this? I searched a lot ...
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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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How can I see the list of users..?

I'm fresh to Linux , to be precise this is the first day I'm sitting before Ubuntu OS. I added users for a learning purpose & now I want to see all the users in the system. How do I see the users ...
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How to remove a newly created user in Ubuntu 14.04

I added a user just for learning purpose how to add user using the command sudo useradd usernamefollowed by my password, the user is created successfully. Now I don't want it and running the command ...
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How do i create a partition, so all users can read wrie execute files without any permissions? [duplicate]

I have a 160 GB hard drive and i need to create a separate partition so all users can access the files (mostly music, movies, pictures), without requiring any authentication from the administrator or ...
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How to create a group and sets the permissions for different users?

I would like to create group for some user addgroup name After that I would like to add some user to group sudo adduser username groupname And set the permissions for each group. There will be ...
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Strange user accounts displayed

I was following this tutorial to manage my server's users & groups : I have one group aside from the default "admin" called "guest". I used the following commands to display the users & ...
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Correctly setup apache virtual hosts with multiple users

Thanks in advance for any help you may provide. I've self taught myself using linux (ubuntu), apache, virtual hosts and a few bits with regards to security, though I've yet to put these all together ...
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Changed passwd & group files - strange error at terminal and permissions error

I have a dual-boot mac running OS X and Ubuntu 14.04. I have been trying to get access to OS X's user files from within Ubuntu and followed this tutorial which involves editing the /etc/group and ...
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How to delete a user & its home folder safely?

I just created a new user & its home folder & need to delete it now & also I cant find my old user's Downloads,Documents,Pictures,etc folder in /home/olduser & also .Xauthority file. ...
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About User LoginNo Accounts to Log in With? [on hold]

I'm Using Ubuntu 14.04 . when I start my computer, every time guest session login automatically, but my user name Ubuntu.
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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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How to enable user jobs in Upstart

I'm trying to allow non-privileged users to run upstart jobs from their $HOME/.init directory. Upstart cookbook mentions that you must enable this, but doesn't mention how to do it. The frustration ...
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Is it possible to store user's home directories remotely?

I work in a small office with 6 PCs and a server. I'm looking at installing Ubuntu on all of the computers, but I'd like users to be able to log in to any one of the computers and be able to access ...
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How do I know if I'm in a jail, container, snapshot, etc. environment?

I received a machine (Ubuntu 12.04 server) from a coworker when he left the company. I created my own user as sudo/admin and used the machine for months. After rebooting for the first time since I was ...
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Shell script for list of users by groups

I want to write a shell script that generates a list of users. for each user display the username and ID and all groups the user is a member of it means like GROUPS command but for all users and with ...
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Black screen after switching session

I’m experiencing a black screen/block in this situation: user A begins a session switch to user B return to user A:---black screen--- No possibility of ctrl+alt+f7. Can anybody help me?
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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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User was deleted after reboot

Unsolved mystery - I was given a coworker's Ubuntu 12.04.1 LTS machine and set up my own (sudo/admin) user on there from the command line. I switched to my user and confirmed everything was okay using ...
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HELP! I'm locked out of all Ubuntu accounts

I was using these commands in terminal: sudo apt-get install gksu gksu nautilus I needed to move some files from one account into another & then I wanted to rename some of the accounts. I got ...
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Uninstalling hadoop on Ubuntu 14.04, files/directories left over

I'm trying to completely uninstall Hadoop on my Ubuntu partition (14.04 Trusty Tahr) and am running into an issue I haven't seen before. I completely removed the directory that hadoop was installed to ...
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copying files from one user to another in a single machine

How to copy any files or directories from one user to another user in a same machine via terminal? Suppose there is one file test.txt in home directory of USER1. I need to copy that file to the home ...
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Problem while trying to create users in Ubuntu 14.04 64bits version

My problem began when I tried to create a new user in GUI mode. When I click on "users accounts" in "System configuration" the window changes to black and stops responding. I tried to reinstall the OS ...
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Why does Ubuntu force users to create a password upon installation?

There's been one problem I've had since I installed Ubuntu to run alongside Windows, I assume this would also be the same if it was installed to replace the other operating system as well, the ...
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Can I change permissions from the original user to one added later

I am pretty new to Ubuntu (in case that fact is not immediately obvious). I setup a machine with Ubuntu 14.04 for some people in our church. In setup, I used their user name to configure the ...
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Prevent user from seeing files

I need to give access to my server to a new user. This user will access one directory used for web server, in order to modify some files there. Now, I have created the user on the server, but when I ...
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Settings LDAP Users Roles/Permissions at Application Level

I configured LDAP server on my Linux machine and create users/group accordingly as required. I have different groups like: admin/managers/executive/developers/users/clients. Now I have around 10 ...
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How can I create a non password user?

@work (using Red Hat) we have the notion of npa users, these users are normally for services or applications (git, mysql, nginx etc) and these users can't login themselves. Only as a login authorized ...
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List of valid suid/sgid executables?

Can anyone tell me where to find a list of valid suid/guid programs on Ubuntu (14.04)? Note I can use find to get a list of suid/sgid programs on my machine, but I want to know if they are real valid ...
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Ubuntu Server Samba Permissions best practice

I am having some problems accessing my Ubuntu Server 14.04 over Samba. I am trying to access from my Ubuntu Gnome 14.04 desktop and other Linux desktops. I would like to have fine access control in ...
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Login denied after installation of Ubuntu 14.04

I've tried to install Ubuntu 14.04 64 bit on a Dell XPS M1530. After installation I seem to have no user created. I am only able to log in as guest. When I switch to the console it will not accept ...
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“Failed to create user” due to regular expression error

I'm running Ubuntu 12.10 desktop 32 bit. Currently I have only a user, type administrator. I'd like to create another administrator user but I keep getting the following error: Failed to create ...
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Mount and unmount network shares using bash with different credentials for each user on login/logout?

I've had a look through a couple of similar questions but I'm not satisfied that there is enough information for me to work this out on my own :( Ok, I have a NAS which has it's own users, and each ...
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Can non-admin user have a shared folder?

I hope this is not cross-posting - I have actually asked this question on Ubuntu Forum, but it probably got lost inside a long thread, so I am trying again here. I really assume the answer to my ...
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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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Brother network printer with users

My office has a Brother MFC-9970 CDW on the network. The printer is set up with users so that each person can be billed according to their printing usage. Everyone can print from Windows, but from ...
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issue with vsftpd - no matter what I do, users can go up in the directory

I've set up vsftp on an Ubuntu server. Configuration is as follows: listen=YES anonymous_enable=NO local_enable=YES write_enable=YES dirmessage_enable=YES use_localtime=YES xferlog_enable=YES ...
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ubuntu 14.10 create new user password change button disabled

I did a fresh install of ubuntu 14.10 (AMD64) to my desktop this evening. Everything works fine as in the versions before. Now I started to create some more users. I can only activate them if I choose ...
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lubuntu completely ignoring ldap setup. Followed guide, no contact with ldap server

We have LDAP authentication working on every other server and lxc container in our enterprise, but when we try and have a brand spankin new Lubuntu 14.04 installation do the same, it's completely ...
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New account showed up (named “postgres”) why?

I was about to shut down my laptop and noticed the user account called "postgres" showed up. I don't know the password and I didn't create it (meaning hit a create new account button to my knowledge). ...
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I accidentally removed myself from sudoers, how can I fix this? [duplicate]

I have one admin account and recently I have accidentally added myself to a single group (usermod -G without -a). So, I am not in the sudoers file any more. However, it is not possible to log in to ...
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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 run MediaTomb as a different user:group

I'm trying to run MediaTomb as a different user so it has the proper permissions to access the media I want to serve. I've edited /etc/default/mediatomb so that the USER and GROUP fields match the ...
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How to mount WebDAV as user into userprofile?

I know how to mount a WebDAV share into a static path (e.g. /mnt/webdav) as user using /etc/fstab. But how can I mount a dynamic users WebDAV share into the users profile (e.g. ...
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Directory / File Permissions [duplicate]

I want to start out by apologizing if this question has already been answered somewhere else and I just haven't run across it yet. I have been searching Ask Ubuntu as well as many other forums for ...
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How to setup users, groups, permissions for daemons & services (couchpotato, nzbget, nzbdrone, apache…)

I am still relatively new to linux and while I am starting to get comfortable with a lot of it there are some practical fundamentals that I must be missing because I don't have a clear idea on how to ...