This question is related to another, more general, question about guest accounts. This one is very specific.
Setup: I have many older Dell Latitude E6410s and some newer Dell Latitude 5450 I use in a classroom setting running 16.04. Many students use these machines for a variety of purposes among data analysis and data acquisition through attached USB devices.
Guest accounts serve us well to wipe the machines clean between logins. The additional feature of the guest accounts is that upon turning the machines on and 'forgetting' them the machine automatically log in to the guest account and launch a browser window. The problem is that the guest accounts do not have any privileges to access the USB ports.
A simple solution would be to add the new guest account (e.g guest-abf2) to the dialout and plugdev group so the students can use attached devices and thumb drives. Something like:
moduser -a -G plugdev,dialout $USER
inside a script early enough in the login process to work.
This is what I have tried so far:
- placing this command in either of the two documented hooks:
/etc/guest-sessiondirectory. Neither works.
prefs.shis run in the user context and while
auto.shis supposed to run in root context it is run too late to add the newly created guest account to the two groups
- modifying the available scripts the lightdm runs (Yeah I know this is not good but I was getting desperate) and still this doesn't work. I need to execute the moduser command right after the account is created but before the actual login.
- According to old documentation (11 or so) there is a hook called
setup.shwhich I tried but I am not sure this hook works anymore.
- I have looked into writing a udev script but that seems terribly painful and the documentation seems geared toward mounting USB thumb drives not allowing access to USB devices. I could be wrong here.
- Somewhere I tripped across some documentation that there was a similar 'script' like mechanism to automatically add new users to certain groups but I can't seem to find it. This might work in this case or not but I'll give it a try.