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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 ...
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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)?

I'm a Linux sysadmin and I maintain 100 Ubuntu desktops. We're about to upgrade to 12.04, but before we can do that we have to make Ubuntu PCI complaint. Meaning we have to lock some mandatory ...
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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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XRDP Ubuntu - Default Ubuntu shell

I have installed Ubuntu for enterprise purposes. I have also configured it With XRDP, but what bothers me is that when I use xrdp I just see an ugly Shell. I want the People to RDP to the ubuntu ...
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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 ...
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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 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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Account accidentally deleted, only guest account is present, how to get access to the existing account back again (data is still available)

I have a big problem. I hope, you can help me. After installing and uninstalling qmail I had a lot of related users in my system. I deleted all them in System Settings / All settings / User accounts, ...
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Apps pause after switching accounts in Ubuntu 14.04

I am running automatic scripts (Instagram Liker) using iMacros (A Firefox PLugin) on an Ubuntu Machine. I have two accounts on the same computer. One for running my scripts and the other for family ...
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Owner status of directory reverting

I use Ubuntu 64 bit, version 14.04 LTS. I have 2 users on this machine, user1 and user2. Both users are part of the same group. I run a python script that logs something in a file, that is within a ...
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No user accounts to log into

When I was in my admin account, I accidentally removed all accounts. Now when I log in it prompts me to type in a username. After that it asks for a password. However, none of my original accounts and ...
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Forgot password ubuntu give root password for maintenance

I have forgot my Ubuntu password. And I am trying to reset it. Once I scroll down to root in my grub, after I hit enter it says give root password for maintenance. I clearly don't know the ...
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How do I assign differnt number of cores/threads to an user group

I have a server machine having two GPU (512 cuda cores each) and Dual Quad Core Processors having 16 Number of Threads. The system is using Ubuntu Desktop edition 14.04. I want to assign an ...
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qsub doesn't submit jobs and qlogin can't start interactive shell

I'm a newbie in SGE cluster management, and after adding a new user to the cluster, it seems it can neither submit jobs with qsub nor start an interactive shell with qlogin. I guess it might have no ...
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Only guest user was created as login by default, how to create a normal user?

Only guest user was created as login by default when I installed Ubuntu. I'm not able to add any user or become root. How to create a normal user?
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How to re-activate the guest account

I can't enter to the guest account, at startup, into my Laptop with Lubuntu 15.10. If I choose the guest option, the system remains into a blue screen, for a while, and then it go back to the users ...
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how to give partial permissions to shared folder for openLDAP users in ubuntu server 14.04 graphically

I have a ubuntu 14.04 openLDAP server in which I have created more than 20 users and created a shared folder by installing sharing services (samba) but I can`t give permissions for read/write/execute ...
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How can I get Network User on Ubuntu

How can I get Network Users to work on Ubuntu? I know that it works on Windows, I'm don't know if I can get it on Ubuntu and how to get it to work. If I can get it on Ubuntu and if it works, how do I ...
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UID Change Broke Mount

I changed my UID of my system and now I'm running into permission problems with hard drives mounted onto my computer. I'm so very tired of trying to get feedback on this topic. When installing Ubuntu, ...