Questions tagged [accounts]

Questions that relate to an area (or home directory), in which a user can store files pertaining exclusively to that user's activities, which is protected from access by other users. Related questions includes public profile issues, authentication to system services and the ability to be granted authorization to access accounts.

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Ubuntu v20.04 can't be successfully logged in and an error message is displayed

We built a Ubuntu v20.04 system disk and installed Linux kernel v5.10 .deb files to switch kernel version to (v5.8 or v5.10) on boot. It's works to boot up on platform A whether on kernel v5.8 or v5....
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Ubuntu “deleted” my user loging account

I have Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and when I turned on my computer today, the user registration screen appeared, asking me for a name, password, keyboard type etc. That seemed strange to me, because I have been ...
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Ser user SystemAccount to false

I have the same problem listed here: Ubuntu 20.04 user not listed to login But when I change the SystemAccount property to false and reboot it will be set back to true. Even if I only logout the ...
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Ruined my ~/.local and .config/ Tips for restoring?

I messed up both my .config/ and .local/ directories*. I had no idea these were so important! Tried restoring from backup but just got a useless error message about it doing being able to perform ...
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how to create a guest account without disk encryption password prompted

I'd like to let people use my computer sometime without entering into my session that's usually achieve with guest account, for example using sudo useradd guest and sudo passwd -d guest but my ...
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How can I ensure that the theme and apps that I have installed on the admin account have transferred across to the secondary guest account?

I am using Ubuntu 20.04.1 LTS I have setup an admin account and customised the theme to appear to be like Mac OS Mojave. Using GNOME Shell, Mojave CT Icons and also Plank to add a dock at the bottom ...
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Is there better way for acct logrotaton or an alternative to the tool itself?

Hello I have a similar problem as discussed in /var/log/account/pacct is getting too big, where is ckpacct (to cicle/gzip it)? While the problem exists it would be preferable to compress the logs ...
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Change the name of my main account - how can I do that?

I had somebody to reinstall my computer and he gave a name to my main account that does not please me. I want to change it. How could I possibly do that?
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login and guest session

I'm using Ubuntu 16.04. I have an issue where I can't log in to the guest session, and it does not even appear after booting into my machine. clicking on "switch accounts" does nothing. And when I log ...
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how Locked account runs services

I wonder how a locked account, typically www-data, can run a service, for example apache2, if it has /usr/sbin/nologin as shell? Is there a way to do in a root session, something like this: root# su ...
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How to create a disabled account?

How do I create a disabled account? for example when trying to login as nobody, root@miniubuntu1804:/home/hans/projects/evaler/src# su nobody This account is currently not available. how do I ...
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how to use old /etc/passwd file and old home directories after system restore?

I used Systemback to make a restore points. Yesterday I was doing something and couldn't make things work properly, so I used Systeback to restore the system to a point in the past. The machine had ...
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Ubuntu 18.4 : How to choose the sudo-account to use on “Authentication Required”?

When we need admin rights to do some stuff on Ubuntu 18.04, we are prompted with an Authentication Required window, asking for a sudo-account's password. My problem is that it seems we can't choose ...
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User Account credentials, and how to change Ubuntu-Budgie

I am running into a situation where I need to change the terminal 'user' in Ubuntu-Budgie, but I am not seeing how this can be accomplished yet, mainly because I am not sure of the 'name' I need to ...
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Why should we expire a locked account to totally prevent access?

From man usermod: Note: if you wish to lock the account (not only access with a password), you should also set the EXPIRE_DATE to 1. Why should we expire a locked account to totally ...
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Slurm new user on Ubuntu 18.04

I am a very new user of Ubuntu (escaped from Windows recently) and yesterday when I was turning on my PC I found new user listed in login options with a nickname "Slurm" (I am the only user with a ...
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Kubuntu 18.04 LTS - Account Details unavailable

I just installed Kubuntu 18.04 LTS, fresh install, EFI boot, manual partitioning (nothing strange: a EFI boot partition, a root(/) partition and a home (/home) partition). The system installs ...
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Can not start after upgrade from 16.04 to 17.10

I upgraded my system from UbuntuStudio 16.04 to 17.10. But... Now, when I want to enter to the system (log in) I can not to do it because system doesn't recognize my user account password! I mean, I ...
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User Account Types, Account security

I new to the world of GNU/Linux account management. I have been told to set up a system for account security would someone please be able to set me on the right track?
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Can someone tell me why there are four file permission numbers instead of three? [duplicate]

This question was flagged as duplicate, and I looked at the suggested question. It did not explain why there are four numbers instead of three. Like in WordPress. the folder permissions you should ...
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Why does Ubuntu include accounts for packages that aren't installed?

Why does Ubuntu include accounts for packages that aren't installed (such as gnats, irc,...)? Seems the accounts should be created as needed when the packages are installed, not sitting there in the ...
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How to add new user in ubuntu core in sudoer file? [duplicate]

I'm having issue adding a new user to ubuntu core. I use sudo adduser --extrausers USERNAME and successfully created a user but I cannot run any sudo command using that account. $ sudo mkdir [...
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Delete libvirt qemu account from login screen

I uninstalled libvirt qemu but still it's showing in lock/switch accounts , How i delete from this.?
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usermod says account doesn't exist but adduser says it does

I run the command usermod -a -G dialout amashreghi but I get amashreghi doesn't exists, however, when I try to add the user using adduser adduser amashreghi It says that amashreghi already ...
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Migrating only selected accounts to new machine

I am working on upgrading the hardware used for our mail/ftp server from an old 32 bit platform to a much newer 64 bit platform. Both are running Ubuntu 16.04.03. Getting all of the appropriate ...
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How can I remove online accounts in Ubuntu 17.04?

I want to remove Facebook and Google from online accounts. How can I do this in Ubuntu 17.04? Other posts refer to much older Ubuntu releases. System Settings no longer has a delete button.
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Ubuntu only creates guest account during install

I have installed Ubuntu and the login screen only displays a guest account to use. How can I get my account that I setup when installing Ubuntu to show up as an option at the login screen ? I am ...
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How to remove hacked account on Ubuntu server

My server has 2 accounts are hacked and now if I try to removed them by any way, after that 1 min, they will be re-added automatically with the highest permission in visudo NOPASSWORD=ALL So how ...
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Is it possible for ubuntu to change user itself

I was streaming data from Twitter and let my laptop open at night. In the morning, i saw that Ubuntu is open with Guest user not my user account. I wondered how can it be. Is it possible for ubuntu to ...
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Login only as guest, after have modified ~/.profile file

Yesterday I have modified the file .profile, adding a new PATH at the end of it. After this change I can only login as guest user. Could these two things be connected? How could I solve this problem? ...
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Why was I locked out of Xubuntu machine after an xrdp session from windows?

Recently, I tried the method in Can I access Ubuntu from Windows remotely to connect from a Windows 10 laptop to an xfce session on a workstation running Xubuntu. After logging off that machine, ...
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Online Accounts on 16.10 - only few options

I recently installed Ubuntu 16.10 on my desktop and for whatever reason the options offered for adding accounts from the Online Accounts section of the System Settings are kind of sparse. Here's what ...
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What are the default user accounts created by Ubuntu? [duplicate]

Knowing this would be very helpful for detecting suspicious user accounts as early as possible.
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Should I use a different user other than the first one that is created during the install in Lubuntu 16.04?

Is the first user you create, when you enter your information during the install, an admin or some kind of privileged user? If not, is there a hidden "admin" account similar to root but with less ...
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Reply to received XMPP messages with M10

I have manually setup an XMPP account in my M10 tablet using mc-tool and I can receive XMPP messages without problems. However I cannot answer them because it doesn't have an SIM card: Will this be ...
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Inheriting files from Admin to Standard users

I am cloning some machines with 16.04 LTS on them, using clonezilla, and I can't figure out how to share/pass files on to another account when it's created. To be more specific, say I have some files ...
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Dropbox can't be started

I can't startup Dropbox and reinstalling Dropbox won't work either. It states it could be a permission issue on startup. The generated error log states this: bn.BUILD_KEY: Dropbox bn.VERSION: 12.4.22 ...
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Add user in ubuntu

I know there is many threads with this question, but they're asking for how to clone root and etc. I want to create a user that hans't got root privileges but it can install packages and etc... I want ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 upgrade froze

While doing the upgrade to 16.04 it basically stopped halfway. Left the PC for over 12 hours to make certain but the status bar did not move. Did a hard stop and tried a reboot. Now it is asking ...
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AccountService and UID < 1000

currently I'm using Ubuntu 16.04 and have set my User UID to 501 (interop with Mac). However even after setting login.defs: UID_MIN 500 UID_MAX 60000 # System ...
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How can I remove the previous owner Adm account. So I can make changes to my P.C. Brought it from a pawn shop

Need to remove User. I bought this P.C from a pawn shop , and, it still had a Adm, user account attached. Therefore I can't make any changes to the P.C. Was hoping that you all could help me with that?...
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Help with Users in Linux

I need to separate the privileges of two users. One must be able to manage certain folders while the other should manage the rest. My problem is that the root user has all the privileges and could eg ...
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There is no dialog box to input password for users other the main user

I recently installed Ubuntu 15.10 (Ubuntu MATE) and created a main account, 'rwabuhesi' from which I created another one, 'qulay'. From the terminal, I can log into both accounts and even move files ...
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Telegram phone number change

The instructions to change a phone number in Telegram messenger are not applicable to the Ubuntu phone. I am not able to change my number in the settings menu. Any ideas of how to change it? Thanks!...
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Disconnect user accounts from OS?

Let's say I have a server with Ubuntu and 10-15 user accounts on it. After some time the server crashes with whatever reason. Of course, you could look at the back-up and reset it to the time before ...
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Ubuntu 14.04 LTS user accounts log-in - How? [closed]

I installed Ubuntu on a Lenovo Ideapad B590, i3-2328M @ 2.20, 6GB RAM, Samsung EVO 250GB SSD and replaced Windows with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS (64-bit). My questions are: How do I go about creating a log-...
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Can't login to my main administrator account?

After recovering from the warning failed to connect to lvmetad error I released when I tried to login to the first account I ever created was not logging in I typed in the right password it says the ...
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Optimizing Ubuntu 14.04 as a WiFi Host

I've got an old laptop with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on it. I've got it connected to my roommate's Xbox 360 with an Ethernet cable, so the Xbox can share its Wi-Fi connection. This works well. After I edited ...
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Importing Sylpheed accounts to new computer

I was using Sylpheed on my old computer with Kubuntu 12.04 LTS I have just installed Sylpheed on my new computer with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Is there a way of transferring / importing my email account ...
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Pidgin remove account?

I just install Pidgin. I cannot login facebook chat with Pidgin anymore (API deprecated), so Pidgin stuck at connecting status. How can I open account manager to remove the FB account and add another ...