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Given a user, how to control which services to disable after starting a graphical session?

I am not familiar with upstart, yet. When I start KDE with my own account upstart starts a lot of services as far as I understand. But I have some other users that I let them use openbox because I ...
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Ubuntu Server/Network Advice

What I basically want to is make so that any one of my family members can log on at any of our Pc/Laptops and still assess their files. I know kinda of know what to do but not completely. If any one ...
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create persistent user on Ubuntu loading from USB / CD

I have bought a new Computer, without a Display and any OS. I want to use it as a server and with ssh/sshfs access and control from my default Computer. To use ssh I need a user on the remote ...
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Managing users on Ubuntu/Linux for XRDP

I have manage users under Linux/Ubuntu system, I need to create new users give them access add them to groups, and configure XRDP for it. What is the best way to do it? I can write some own scripts, ...
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/etc/skel as a link to an admin's $HOME

After reading about guest session, which advises the best way to maintain skel for guests is to create a dummy admin user profile and use their $HOME. Can I concur the same is true for 'normal' user ...
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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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differences between locked administrator account and unlocked one

when I check my single user account through "system settings" it is said on the top of the window that my administrator account is locked and I have the choice to make it unlocked. what would be the ...
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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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How to enable “Other” or “Manual” user login in ubuntu 14.04.1? [duplicate]

I found the other one with the lightdm thing but it doesnt work because its for 12.04! does anyone know how to enable the manual login like in XUbuntu where you can type in the user and the password? ...
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Execute commands on a server running under a system account

I setup a minecraft server on a Ubuntu system. When I launch the server from the command line, the server listens to the standard input and responds to various commands (such as changing the game ...
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How should I rename my account's name in Ubuntu 14.04? [duplicate]

I made mistake typing account's name before installation of Ubuntu. I need to change this name, but I can't find clear explanation and step-by-step procedure. Also, why doesn't Ubuntu change the name ...
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nis server doesn't export new users to client machines

After a server migration on a new machine, the new users which are created on the server are able to login in it, but not on client machines (which get user list from the server). For the users ...
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how to connect to samba file server from client

hello i configured the samba file server using samba from this site http://ubuntuhandbook.org/index.php/2014/05/ubuntu1404-file-sharing-samba/ 1: ...
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how to become a permanent root user in ubuntu [duplicate]

I have found some solutions but what I want to do is I want to become a root user "permanently". When I restart computer I still want to stay as a root user. I don't want to use termanial everytime to ...
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Unknown user in statoverride file

I had an application installed on my htpc running ubuntu server called mediatomb, a few months ago I uninstalled it and replaced it with a Plex install. At the weekend when querying existing users on ...
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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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Stuck in the login loop

As the title of the questions says, I am stuck in the login loop. The difference from all the questions out there is that I can't log in as a guest and I can't log in using the tty (I keep getting ...
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How to create a very limited user on Ubuntu 14.04

I'm trying to make a safe workstation PC for sensitive data using Ubuntu 14.04. No user should have the right to: print, connect a USB flash drive to transfer files, send files via email or install ...
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Why when setting up Ubuntu 14.04.1 does it ask you for a username when it's not used?

I am a little confused about the username thing. I would expect the username to be the name I log in with. I think it's safe to say most people would guess that. Why is it done this way? Instead you ...
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Assigned access or guided access equivalent

Is there a way to restrict user to use only one app in ubuntu? In Windows it is assigned access feature and in iOS it is guided access feature.
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Log in loops again for a particular user [duplicate]

I was logging into my ubuntu machine till last night. Today I had an error unknown group ID error for the group I was in and also the UID. But I had no errors till the last night. I lost my sudo ...
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Open folder as another user

There is a method by which I can open any folder (or execute any operation) as root (using sudo). Is there any method I can use to open a folder or execute any operation as some other user on the ...
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How to add user without /home

I want to create a new user to run a service on the system but don't want to have /home and other configuration files for it. Like there is a user for postgres but it doesn't have any /home directory. ...
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How to setup a Multi User NAS

I want to setup a multi-user NAS, With an administrator, and have that admin have the ability to add users to the NAS. Users Are likely to be using mainstream platforms. So I plan for them to use ...
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Cannot mount Windows 98 SE share over SSH to Ubuntu 14.04

I am in a SSH session to Ubuntu 14.04 and I am trying to mount a Windows 98SE share using the following command: sudo mount -t cifs //192.168.0.2/uniserv /tmp/uniserv/ -o sec=lanman,servern=Uniplus1 ...
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writable sftp directory restrictions

I want to create a directory for a user so they can sftp to my server and automatically be in that directory. Ideally this directory would have group write permissions so this user can upload a file ...
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How to display all user and groups by command

I want to display 1. All users and 2. All groups in my pc by using command-line. users and groups displays users currently logged and groups a user is in respectively. How to display List of all ...
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Which process creates the 'Desktop' folder?

I don't use gnome nor kde desktops because my system isn't as fast as they require it to be, but even when I don't use them, a 'Desktop' folder is always in my home dir, I've delete it several times ...
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How can I change the Keyboard Layout on login screen?

I changed my Keyboard Layout from Swedish to English, but now my password doesn’t work and I can’t login. I need a way to change the keyboard layout at the login screen without having access to the ...
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Lost the root privilege after try to add the user to a group

My user lost root privilege after try to add the user to a group. It's looks like the "usermod xxxx --groups ..." change the from the root group to the new one, it's a mistake but the thing is my user ...
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Why is there a man entry in /etc/passwd

I've noticed that there is an entry for the man user in my /etc/passwd file. What is the purpose of this user? man:x:6:12:man:/var/cache/man:/bin/sh
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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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Why the same .sh does not work with 2 different users executing it?

I have rwo users User1 and User2. I have this script1.sh inside User2 home folder: #!/bin/bash cd /home/user1 && ./script2.sh that calls script2.sh: #!/bin/bash if [ 2 > 1 ]; then ...
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Keyboard and Mouse Both PS2 and USB Not working after Installing Ubuntu

We are Installed Ubuntu 14 OS after that Keyboard and Mouse not working our mother board is Gigabyte GA-M61PME here that thier is IOOMU Setting
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How to make sudo use a separate password?

Using Ubuntu 14.04, I have 2 accounts: Account A (first one set up) with Password 1 Account B (second set up) with Password 2, when updating software in Account B, I use Password 1 to authenticate. ...
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How to change my own home directory?

I use this command to change my home directory sudo usermod -d new-path -m myname But I got this error usermod: user myname is currently logged in How could I change my own home directory and ...
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Ubuntu login history?

Multiple users have logged into my 14.04 desktop system. When I want to logout or lock my screen, the drop down menu shows a long list of many of the users who have logged in. I would really like to ...
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/etc/sudoers file problem understanding

According to the documentation, modifications of this file may enables local users to execute sudo commands on remote machines: user1 192.168.1.14=(user2:group1) ALL According to what I read, ...
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How does a keylogger respond when the user switches profiles

I'm wanting to log keystrokes on this ubuntu computer and I was wondering how a keylogger program responds when the user goes from a default user account and then logs in as root or vice versa. For ...
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Unable to write in folder in which my user has write access

Before I say anything, I know how permission for groups and users works. My setup is: a. my user is monkey and is in the group www-data groups monkey monkey : monkey adm cdrom sudo dip ...
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How do you limit root to no more than 1 login at a time?

I took a practice test for a cert and one of the questions was "Limit root to no more 2 simultaneous logins, make this configuration persistent between restarts". I didn't even really know this was ...
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How can I make my main user an administrator, just like in Windows XP? [duplicate]

How can I make my main user which I log into, an administrator just like in Windows XP?
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What is the root user

If you use sudo su - or sudo -s you will get the full root certification "likewise a root user ". Is this user an official user or is it from canonical? ~$ sudo su - [sudo] password for username: ...
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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 can I run anacron in user mode?

I would like to set up a scheduled task via anacron but I would like to do so in user mode. How can I achieve this?
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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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Why does Tor unexpectedly exit every time I open it?

Every time I try to run tor it unexpectedly exits and I get this in my terminal: (process:28965): GLib-CRITICAL **: g_slice_set_config: assertion 'sys_page_size == 0' failed Aug 04 01:38:35.833 ...
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Cannot add a new user

I am trying to add a new user to my ubuntu 14.04 os. I go System Settings -> User Accounts and try to click the [+] button, but nothing happens it is grayed out. The system did not ask me for ...
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How can I make the files created by one user readable/writable by another? [duplicate]

I have a user account I created with no password to run some daemons on my server. I want my user account to be able to read,write, and delete files created by this user. How do I do this? Both users ...
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How to rename a user safely?

I've misspelled user name when installing Ubuntu and would like to rename if possible. How can I safely change my user name?