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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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Exclude user from using systemwide installed programs

I recently created a new user. I want to allow this user to use only one or two programs, but I have lots of systemwide installed apps. Is there an easy way to exclude a specific user from using apps ...
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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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Configuring logrotate without root access (per user log rotation)

How best can logrotate be configured, on a per-user basis, to rotate files in the home directory of the user, under control of a per-user 'crontab -e'?
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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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Why are there multiple Root users in Database?

I'm trying to setup ownCloud in a test lab. At the setup screen (initial login over from the web), I'm having a heck of a time connecting to the MySQL database. I can't log in as either ...
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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 setup custom user write permissions

I've searched Ask Ubuntu's stack, referenced the documentation for FilePermissions and reviewed the User Management documentation on how I can create custom user settings that would write only NEW ...
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Cannot mount any file system/USB stick with Nautilus side bar after changing UID of my user

There are a lot of answers in here that describe how to change a user's UID. This is necessary to match it to my NAS and to ease NFS mounts and permissions. BUT: I had to do this on Ubuntu 13.04 and ...
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New user has low display resolution

I have created a new user with adduser . Now when I log in as this new user I only have options to select display resolution up to 1024x768, as I had as my main user when I installed the system (I ...
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“Office” but no office in finger

$ finger myname Login: myname Name: My Name Directory: /home/myname Shell: /bin/bash Office: some custom text On since logintime on pts/1 from loginbox 1 ...
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Portable users on network

I am moving all my windows desktops to Ubuntu in my office. I have a phone system which allows my users to login on any phone thus any desk they sit at is 'their desk' I would like to do something ...
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How can I perform the su command to switch to a network user without a password?

I have a local user and a network user (authenticated over LDAP) that I frequently use su to switch to for certain tasks. I'm wondering how I can avoid typing the password for the network user every ...
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How do I create a user on Ubuntu Touch for my Tablet? (Nexus 10)

Is there a way to create your own user account in Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 10 tablet?
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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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Manage permission for a server administrator

I am a server administrator on my Ubuntu system. In the user-account box (right-top corner), users can delete each other. How can I prevent this ? Do you know any tricks to do that ?
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Setting up a firewall Ubuntu Server 13.10 to specified domain users of a Windows server 2008

So, here's the plan: I want to set up a firewall that allows/blocks certain websites for specified users in a Windows server domain (local); For example: For the user domain.name/user1 I want to ...
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I'm Unable to change/set Read write permission on mounted remote drives and directories

Ubuntu 12.04 LTS I've been working on a read write permission issue involving a network drive mounted locally on my Ubuntu box. I Use this device to run my Plex server, I keep my media files on a ...
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How can I limit Symform's privileges?

Symform's services expect to be run as root. For example, when I override what user runs them, they fail with errors such as: mv: cannot move '/tmp/symformtasks.98145' to '/etc/cron.d/symform-node': ...
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Configuring SAMBA shares for multiple users

First of all, I apologize if this is a duplicate, but I've been having serious issues both figuring out and also finding a resolution to my situation on any threads on multiple sites for days now. I ...
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12.04 cannot connect to IPEVO mini-as-server

The IPEVO mini was connected as a ftp but then when I booted the next day the and tried to connect to the server i got permission denied for the first time and now I can't access the file server.
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ASUS fn-kys for sound volume (laptop-hotkeys) don't work

The hotkeys for sound volume of ASUS N76VM with Ubuntu 12.04 don't work on the (my) admin account, but dó work on other users accounts for the rest of the family.
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Using iBus on “standard” account

I want to set up a "standard" (non-admin) account on my machine. Everything works fine when the account is an admin account, but iBus fails to load when I downgrade the account to a standard account. ...
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Adding an icon to a guest account when the icon is on main account

How do I add an icon to a guest account when the icon is available on main account?
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libnss-extrausers change password

I have Ubuntu 12.04. Installed libnss-extrausers and configured nsswitch.conf. Now, users registered in /var/lib/extrausers/{passwd,group,shadow} are recognized by the system and can login. However, ...
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Limited Access to Shared Folders

I have the following Configuration: Media PC with Ubuntu 12.04 which has an external disk connected via usb. The external Disk has two Partitions, one for Data and one for Media. Additionally the ...
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I attempeted to format ubuntu

I was trying to format ubuntu so i selected Restore to Factory Settings but nothing happened so i deleted all the partitions including the admin so now i am trying to make the partitions using guest ...
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Dual boot with SteamOS, how to handle /home and accounts

My offspring is bullying me to install SteamOS (and I'm curious). We have and existing Ubuntu 13.10 and free space for the SteamOS root. /home lives on its own partition. What I wonder: - can I use ...
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User for Service Ganglia no Longer Exists on Reboot

I've got a small cluster running Ubuntu Server 12.04.3 LTS on all of the nodes. Ganglia is running on it to monitor loads on the cluster, and for the most part it works great. One issue that I'm ...
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Users association/handling for package's created users group

Which is the best way to deal with users in case of new package installation and creation of new users group? Lets suppose printing subsystem wasn't installed with Ubuntu or some other distribution ...
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User missing from login, but can log in via SSH

I recently installed WebMin, which may be the root of the problem, I do not know. Regardless, there must be some Ubuntu-specific means of solving my issue. The issue right now is that I am unable to ...
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13.04 Ringtail USB installation overwrote my username

I had to use an .iso USB to upgrade from 12.10 to 13.04 Ringtail. Great results, except the USB stick install app asked me to provide an identity so I provided the same one I used for 12.10 . ...
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where is recent user list in gdm3 stored? I want to clear the list

I tried removing: /var/log/wtmp /var/log/ConsoleKit/history the completet gnome tree in /var/lib and accountservices nothing helped. The user list ist still there. We want to have a fresh box ...
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Is there a way to get a separate desktop for each user logged in through VNC?

Hi I am accessing my desktop remotely through VNC server/client connection. I used Vino to establish a remote connection. Now the app which I am building requires provision of a different section in ...
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Guide to build a simple intranet 3x workstations + 1x server + 1x switch + 1x nas?

I'm quite familiar with single workstation installation and setup etc. with Ubuntu but now I would like to build a small intranet using: 2x or 3x existing workstations, they have the same set of ...
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How does usermod determine that a user is logged in?

I simply wanted to change the location of the home directory, so I followed these instructions: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir a_user However, Ubuntu 12.04 responds: usermod: user a_user is currently ...
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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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Touchpad doesn't work for particular user account

I am using Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, DEll vostro 2520. My touchpad didn't work for one user account and it works fine for other user accounts. I was wondered with this issue. Please do let me know to resolve ...
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How to put root or administrator on Ubuntu 12.04

Ubuntu 12.04 on a flash memory, I changed my account from Administrator to Standard. Now I cannot do updates. How do I do updates or get it back as an administrator?
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Ubuntu 13.04: how to beat the user accounts GUI into submission with regards to password policy?

I have successfully edited the PAM configuration files so that the password defaults (minimum length, no need for "obscure" passwords) are changed. The passwd command works fine. However, this does ...
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server 12.04.02 LTS resources maxed out when idle. system freezes

I am having trouble with my dedicated server running 12.04.02 LTS. I have installed ffmpeg, apache2, and configured it to serve H264 video files. The server starts freezing when resources are maxed. ...
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Could not update ICEauthority file since upgrading

Since upgrading my laptop to Ubuntu 13.04, my login fails with the above message. I have tried: sudo chown ls user:user /home/user chmode 600 /home/user/.ICEauthority What else can I try to fix ...