Questions tagged [guest-session]

Ubuntu comes with a “Guest Session” account, which anyone can log into from the login screen – no password required. This guest account is locked down and changes to it don’t persist between sessions – everyone that logs in gets a fresh desktop.

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Firefox can't create temp dir for guest user in lightdm [closed]

I've setup latest Ubuntu 22.04 (jammy) to use lightdm, and enabled the guest account via a lightdm config. This seems to work fine, and can login with an ephemeral guest account that gets removed on ...
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Serial connection between 2 guest virtual box VMs using vagrant

I am currently testing the kernel inside the Master VM(Virtual Box) and I am looking for a way to establish a serial connection in order to redirect the dmesgs between the Master and the Slave(which ...
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LUbuntu 20.04 and tmporary user like guest?

How can I enable a restricted user where everything is reset after logout? Note: User is used for web-browsing so security is definitely a topic for me. In case user accesses maicious sites everything ...
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How to make Pulseaudio work with MPD via network when using the client in Guest session?

mpc status shows the playback is on, but "ERROR: Failed to open audio output". If I log in as special purpose user, playback works fine. I have remote mpd server, but the audio should play ...
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Run two gnome sessions simultaneously on a single desktop, isolating one from another

This is to expand on Is it possible to have different desktop sessions each with different settings? First off I know how to run two desktops by running something like xinit /usr/bin/xfce4-session -- :...
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How do I remove extra Guest accounts in Ubuntu MATE? / How do I get my guest account to work?

I'm having a problem with guest sessions in Ubuntu MATE; every time I tried to log in, it tells me that I can't access the .ICEauthority file (can't remember its location), boots me out, and creates a ...
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How do I disable the guest user without lightdm? [duplicate]

In versions of ubuntu above 16.04 the default display manager is gdm3. I am attempting to remove the guest user from an ubuntu VM but I don't know how to do it without lightdm. How do I do this? I ...
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Re-launch Chrome from a guest account

Chrome crashed while I had a few tabs open, on a guest account with Ubuntu 16.04. I want to re-launch Chrome before signing out of this guest account, so that I can get my tabs back, before signing ...
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Unable to logout from guest session on Xubuntu 20.04

I have Xubuntu 20.04 installed on a couple of my AMD64 machines, and in each case I've edited: /usr/share/lightdm/lightdm.conf.d/50-disable-guest.conf do that it now contains: [Seat:*] allow-guest=...
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To access another user from a remote desktop while admin is logged in Linux in host machine

Suppose I am logging in as a admin and I want to login as a guest user which is present in the same machine using another remote desktop using any of the services??.I don't want shell using ssh but ...
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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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running appimage from guest session

I enabled guest sessions to allow students use ubuntu and have: fresh new session after logout avoid having them changing anything, installing new software, etc everything works great, but I cannot ...
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How do gain permissions to access a usb formatted as ext4 in guest session?

I formatted a usb as ext4 with gparted but when i try to access it in guest session in ubuntu 16.04, it says "you don't have the permissions necessary to access the contents of this drive"
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How to enable guest sessions on Ubuntu 18.04 or later?

Is there any way you could revive Guest Sessions in a future LTS distro? Guest sessions are good security - they give me just enough power to do what I need to do on a daily basis without risking my ...
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How to enable guest account on Lubuntu 18.10 [SDDM]

It has been a default setting on most of Ubuntu flavors and it's fairly easy to do on LightDM, but I wonder if SDDM also has this option. If not, is it worth to completely purge SDDM in favour of ...
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Temporary guest session warning on user login

Ever since upgrading from 14.04 to 16.04 (uneventfully), I am getting a warning popup on login titled: Temporary Guest Session with the message: All data created during this guest session will ...
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No password account Ubuntu 18.04 [duplicate]

Is there any way to create a guest user account (without password) in ubuntu 18.04?
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Guest on Ubuntu 18.04

I'm trying to enable the guest session even if it's disabled by default on Ubuntu 18.04. My lightdm --show-congif gives me this: [Seat:*] A allow-guest=true C greeter-wrapper=/usr/lib/lightdm/...
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Can't add guest session in Ubuntu 18.10 [duplicate]

So I just installed Ubuntu 18.10, but I can't add a guest account. there aren't any buttons for it.
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Can you use guest account on system with full disk encryption?

I read somewhere that encrypted home directory using encryptfs is not offered as option anymore with latest release. Can I use a guest account on system with full disk encryption?
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How can I have a guest session in Ubuntu MATE 18.04? [duplicate]

I know the guest session from the Unity Ubuntu, but I use Ubuntu MATE and I would like to have the guest session activated. What I mainly want is for all the data in the home folder to be ...
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Guest account generated all of sudden [duplicate]

guest-kpjg0a:x:999:999:Guest:/tmp/guest-kpjg0a:/bin/bash I have checked /etc/passwd, then here it is. Am I hacked? Yes, I am hacked.
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How to increase allowed disk space for Guest account

Is it possible to increase the amount of disk space allowed to Guest account? EDIT df -h gives the following output: guest-S9srd9@embsys:~/Desktop$ df -h df: ‘/run/user/1000/gvfs’: Permission ...
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How to disable guest session or login in Ubuntu 17.10

In Ubuntu 17.10, the LightDM method to disable guest session or login does not work anymore. Is there any new method?
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Gnome Metacity and GuestSession

I would like a guest session to use by default Gnome Metacity instead of the default Ubuntu window manager (I use Ubuntu 16.04). Where are the configuration files ?
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Ubuntu 17.10: prevent power off/restart for a user

How can i prevent a user that i created for my kids to be able to power off or restart the computer? I'm on Ubuntu 17.10 running Gnome. Thanks in advance.
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Guest Mode Ubuntu 17.04

I upgraded today from Ubuntu 16.04 to Ubuntu 17.04 because my Guest Mode on 16.04 was first giving no internet connection and then later shutting me out from the Guest Mode. Ubuntu 17.04 provides no ...
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X forwarding over SSH not working from remote hosts in Ubuntu guest session

I'm currently visiting a research institute and logging into a computer using the guest session option (that saves no data) in Ubuntu 16.04.3. I'm trying to SSH into the machines I usually work from ...
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start a guest session in Ubuntu 17.10 / cinnamon

In Ubuntu 16.10 with Unity I could launch a guest session as follows: Now I use Ubuntu 17.10 with cinnamon. The correspoding menu looks like and does not allow me to start a guest session. Also I ...
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Add Guest user to Persistent flash drive

Persistent flash drives made using the leading boot drive creators such as mkusb, Unetbootin, Rufus, YUMI, etc do not come with a Guest user, as does a normal desktop install or Full install to ...
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Kiosk mode guest session under gdm3

How can we create a kiosk mode guest session under gdm3 going forward from Ubuntu 17.10?
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Removing Guest Login Feature on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu Linux (16.04 LTS) last night. This is the first copy of Linux I've installed. I did use Linux for maybe a few weeks over 10 years ago, but I was very young at the time and didn'...
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How to login under root in ubuntu-dektop on Ubuntu server 14.04

I am complete newbie to Ubuntu and Servers installation/tuning. But I faced with the necessity to get the VPN server for my python script. I have chosen vultr.com as the provider and bought the VPN ...
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Guest account - stopping autostart applications

In Ubuntu 17.04 I've re-enabled the Guest account. When the Guest account comes up, it launches some autostart applications that I don't want. I've looked in /etc/skel and /etc/guest-session/skel and ...
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Cannot Use mysql from Guest Account Ubuntu 14.04

I have to install ubuntu in a school's computer lab. I am using an Administrator Account for Admin purposes and enabling guest account for students so that no student can make permanent changes. ...
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Guest session stopped working on Ubuntu versions later than 16.04

After a recent package update, the guest session feature is no longer available on Ubuntu 16.10 and 17.04. What happened?
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How to delete activity log being guest user . so that root user cant track activity

i use an Ubuntu laptop as guest user , i think the root user is spying on me. so how can i delete activity log being guest for my session or how to enable Ubuntu to not show my acttivity log in ...
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I only have a guest account [duplicate]

I just got a brand new dell XPS 13 and I went to set it up. I typed in the wifi password and realized I got it wrong. So I ended up hitting a button in the bottom right corner. For some reason it ...
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Lightdm can't start guest session

Something weird happened to my lightdm after removing the Gnome shell. The input fields has become white instead of the standard transparent, and, most importantly, I am unable to start guest sessions....
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Allow a guest session wifi access with no users logged in

In 16.04 Ubuntu a guest session can't get wifi access unless a user is logged in. Is there any way around this nonsense? Note that in 14.04 it's automatically enabled, in upcoming 17.04 the guest ...
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Guest account to Root account [closed]

I have a Dell with Ubuntu 14.04, with no root account enabled, only guest (in the terminal). There is no account and no passwd. I can't create a passwd. I can't unlock guest or root account. sudo ...
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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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How to setup guest session to be able to run MythTV Frontend and LIRC

I made a guest-prefs account to setup guest session like advised in related Ubuntu document. However, LIRC and MythTV Frontend do not work in guest session then, but work in guest-prefs account. When ...
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How to Customize the Temporary Guest Account (Ubuntu 16.04)

I configured Ubuntu to load the temporary guest account on start and would like to customize the desktop of the the temporary guest user account. How can I customize desktop of the temporary guest ...
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How do I allow read access to the guest user for a NTFS secondary drive?

I am trying to allow anyone to log in as a guest and watch movies on my secondary hard drive. It used to be a Windows computer so the file format is NTFS. As I don't have a backup drive big enough to ...
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May I install temporarily programs during guest session

I want to try Ubuntu with my students only in guest session. It is possible to temporarily install programs (e.g. Bluefish) in this session? Thank you.
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Guest Session rename [duplicate]

I need a way to rename Guest Session in login screen and make it Students, or create a guest account whit the same behavior, somebody can help me?
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guest-session and printer pause

This may be a bug/feature or my misconfiguration... Logged in Ubuntu as a guest user (customized https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CustomizeGuestSession) When user clicks or somehow makes print(...
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Guest acount as part of group X [duplicate]

I have a class where kids login using guest account. I did customize this account by following this instructions. Now my question is how can I set user groups, so that the guest account is a part of ...
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if I log in Guest session and someone connect on my web cam

if I log in Guest session and someone connect on my web cam and I leave and I enter the main account the person who logged in my web cam in the guest account could it see me?
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