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I am logged in as user_a. I created another account user_b with root privileges using the following steps:

sudo -s
useradd user_b
passwd user_b
>sum_passwd
sudo adduser user_b admin

After which I rebooted and tried to login as user_b but after typing the password, I see momentary darkness and then the login screen again. This does not happen if I try to type some incorrect password, as I am prompted immediately. I can login just fine to the guest_account and user_a but the newly created user_b is causing problems.

How do I fix this?

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you used a password that is the same as the username? If so, I believe that Ubuntu doesn't like this. If not, have you checked the useradd GUI that ships with Ubuntu to ensure that user_b is listed?

  • The question doesnt' seem to say the password is the same as the username. And if it were, that wouldn't be a problem (except that it would be a very easy password to guess)--Ubuntu doesn't have a problem with that. Furthermore, useradd is a command-line program, not a graphical utility. – Eliah Kagan Jul 22 '12 at 21:09

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