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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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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 command/...
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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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Why does `passwd -l` (--lock) also prevent ssh key-based login?

I locked a users password with passwd --lock [userName], the man page and this answers tells me, that a locked password doesn't prevent other means of logins (e.g.: ssh key-based). Quote from man ...
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Creating a normal user without sudo access but with ability to switch to another admin user

User A - can't be part of sudo or admin group, ssh keys based identity setup for ssh login, can't be a guest account User B - no home folder, must have a password, can't have independent ssh login, ...
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Samba 100 Users

I teach a class and would like to give 150 students their own folder and have each student's folder secure and accessible by only the student and myself. Is it possible to set up a Samba share with a ...
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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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Limited access accounts for a low maintenance deployment?

Forgive me if I haven't done quite as much digging trying to solve this on my own as I could have: I'm currently in Zambia, and my internet access is unpredictible and slow when it's working. I'm ...
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Lost Permission of Home Directory

I recently messed up my Ubuntu Setup, so I re-installed and choose to use my existing Home directory . Now I cannot launch Ubuntu-Tweak as myself, but am able to do so with sudo command. Any help ...
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How can I have different X & sound configuration depending on which user logs in?

First off: I'm using Ubuntu 12.04 and the NVIDIA X Server Settings GUI to configure. I've recently gotten a new LED TV hooked up to my computer - the video card supports two displays. I would like ...
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Changing another user's wallpaper

Is there anyway to change the wallpaper of another user? I believe a missing wallpaper file is preventing me from logging in to an account, and need to be able to change it.
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How to change a user ID safely if you are using encrypted home?

Inspired by this question, that seems to imply that a simple chown won't work because you won't be able to access the encrypted files. So how is the safest but still simple workaround?
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How can I distribute mandatory settings (system and LibreOffice settings)?

The last PCI settings: Users may not change their screen saver timeout, it has to be set to 5 minutes. And locked so that no configuration can be made by the user. Users must always unlock their ...
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Creating an Alternate Install CD with pre installed users

I want to create my own customized Ubuntu derivative and this question already gave me a very good start. My requirements are quite specific I want to roll out a CD with Set of users who are ...
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Migrating users from Madriva

My company switces from Madriva to ubuntu 12.04. We use an nfs mounted /home. I migrate the users by copying passwrd, shadow and group under /etc in the newly installed Ubuntu and also mount the /home ...
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How to stop logging user login history?

I have noticed a History button in System Settings > User Accounts on my newly installed Ubuntu 15.10 system. It brings up a log of recent login sessions for the selected user. How can I disable ...
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How do I mark a group in polkit as administrator?

I am using authentication via smb and want all users of the admins group as local administrators. For this I created the /etc/polkit-1/localauthority.conf.d/60-local.conf file as described in ...
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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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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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How to create users using a csv file created with LibreOffice Spreadsheet?

I am trying to create multiple users and a group all at once to help me learn linux, but im running into trouble. (Mainly I have no clue what i am doing.) groupadd Avengers: useradd Hulk: useradd ...
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Where is 'Users and Groups' in Ubuntu 15.10

'Users and Groups' seems to have disappeared in Ubuntu 15.10 Now I can only see 'User Accounts' from the dash If you want to use the gnome-system-tools, then you have to run users-admin from the cmd ...
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How do i make new shell installed available for other user?

I have installed a KDE shell for a user. I wanted that same shell for other user on the same machine. Is there any way to do this or I just have to make the other user to install the shell using the ...
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Need to fix main account - can login but cant do much

I've been a Ubuntu user about 2 years. I am using the same user account and have most defaults for upgrading etc and have the current version and updates. I can login to my account but can't get ...
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Kicked out of session - Flashing screen

As soon as I log in my user session, my mouse cursor flickers and kicks me out. Only a guest session seems to hold. In the login menu, I can't even select a "shutdown" option. On a sidenote, ...
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Getting music to play across account switching

I am using Unity in 14.04.3 LTS. I frequently switch users. Click the gear in the upper right corner and switch account. I can play music in various ways but when I switch account it stops. When I ...
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Expired Account on Ubuntu 14.04

my admin account on my computer expired. I set the expiry date myself exploring different account modifications but apparently forgot to reset it. I would like to reactivate it or create a new user ...
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How to access user's activity log

How can I get the log that says programs which are opened by user with time stamp . I would like to develop a system to monitor and give suggestions using this user activity log.
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Running a bash script on “Switch User”?

I've had my first dabble with bash and got a working script going for each user on session start which checks if a NAS share is mounted and if it is unmounts it and mounts as the current user. This ...
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Can't switch users anymore

I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and update regularly. I have 3 users on the system. I can log in to one user, but no longer can switch to another user without getting black screen and apparent crash. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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System-level energy/power preferences

In Windows, mmc allows to set energy/power preferences for all users at a system-level: they can't change these settings until an administrator unlocks them. Is there any way to do the same in ubuntu?...
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groups: cannot find name for group ID #########

This is a variant of the unresolved cannot find name for group ID 26739201 but I'll post it here again since I have some more information I recently made a fresh installation of 14.04 so most things ...
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After guest user session used, J. Random user appears in menu

I let someone that borrowed my computer for email etc, and they logged into a guest session, they did their business and I logged back into my account. And know I see a "J. Random User" in the unity ...
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Service account shows up on login screen

I've manually created a service user account on my machine, and I'm surprised to see it on the Unity login screen. I searched this site and I've seen people had problems with this, but in those cases, ...
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useradd -p broken in 12.04 LTS?

I have a mail benchmarking application that I need to set up, and part of that includes setting up at least several hundred dummy user accounts. I had this scripted so I could easily recreate the ...
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How to create link to linux server

In these days I'm setting up a small network with about twenty computers. The users of this network used windows before and they need to access samba ubuntu folders simply using their name (which is ...
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How can I log into or out of a Lubuntu guest account?

I discovered I had a guest user account logged in when I tried to shut down and Lubuntu told me I couldn't. When I try to switch users from my administrator account to the guest account I am asked ...
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How can I re-enable LDAP authentication?

I was attempting to create a new account for a user on a machine via LDAP. He could authenticate via terminal with his LDAP account, but not into the display manager (lightdm). After unsuccessfully ...
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Increment Space to users /home

I need add or increment Space to users /home but I don't now How can i do this? For example I have userA with space 1G and userB with 1G. Now I need increment space userA to 4G How can do this?
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Avoid duplicates in active users

Currently I use gnome-shell and ubuntu 16.04. Everytime (even after reboot) I have at least 5 active users at same time. Here my command line output. Total count: users | wc -w 5 Users list: ...
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Can't modify settings, can't change the background, all the icons docked on the launchpad disappear

I am suffering from a weird problem. I can't change my background or power settings, and every icon I dock onto the Launcher disappears after reboot. The launcher resets to the original after every ...
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How to recover administrator permission and media access for normal user?

I have a dell pc with ubuntu 14.04 lts version for my work. On a spring day, my system administrator removed my system's administrator permissions and removed my media access. He used the following ...
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How to reduce Bandwidth using squid delay pools in a LAN

I have a LAN with user PCs that managed by linux squid proxy server. IP ranges : User1 category : 192.168.1.2-192.168.1.12 User2 catogory : 192.168.1.13-192.168.1.23 User3 catogory ; 192.168.1.24-...
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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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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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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: ...