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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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How to create volatile/ephemeral user account for public computer

Now that Guest Accounts were removed in 18.04, what's the official/recommended way to create sessions that don't persist what a user does or downloads? I am trying to setup a laptop with xubuntu 18.04 ...
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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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How do I set up an account that guests can use in Ubuntu (MATE) 18.04? [duplicate]

Ubuntu previously had a special Guest Session provision, but that was broken a couple of years ago in LightDM, and then Ubuntu switched to GDM which has no such thing. So now, some classroom, library, ...
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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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wifi doesn't connect in guest session

I'm still trying to understand which part of this issue might be a bug and which part is due to system configuration. When starting the system with a guest account in Ubuntu 16.04.5 LTS, I get the ...
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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 do I enable WiFi to guest account?

I am trying/planning to enable WiFi and making the cp keep changes in guest mode from the normal admin account in Ubuntu 16.04. Please help me so that just in case if I get locked out for a while, I ...
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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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Can't access Live User Session account after adding new users

I've been playing with a persistent Live USB and made some customizations under the guest user account "ubuntu". Then I added a couple of new users under User Accounts, and now I can't log in as the ...
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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 Do I Revert Ubuntu 16.04 LTS to Its Original State? Is a Clean Install Necessary? [duplicate]

I just installed Ubuntu Linux (16.04 LTS) for the first time last night, and I already seemed to have messed up the OS. For all purposes, this is the first time I've used Linux. Basically, I followed ...
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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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16.04 Desktop, only guest appears at login [duplicate]

Summary: Only guest user appears at the login screen. I've CTRL-ALT-F1 and logged in as regular user, able to sudo. I've searched this forum and keyword Google searching using proximity operators ...
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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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Can I automatically add a guest user (guest-session) to a user group? How can I do it)

I need guest users to be in a specific user group. I probably could create a new guest-account and add it to the group. But I'd rather like to use the existing guest-session-option integrated in ...
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Xubuntu guest session crashing [closed]

We have three computers at our facility for our guests to use. All of them are installed with Xubuntu 14.04. One has issue with the guest session. Immediately after login it crashes and returns back ...
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How can I grant read-only acces to my harddrive to guest user? [duplicate]

I want to allow 'guest' user to only read files in my harddrive (mounted during startup at '/mnt/blahblahblah' ) . However I don't want them to write anything into it.I'm on Xubuntu 16.04. How can i ...
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How can I grant guest accounts read (or read-write) permission on a folder outside their home?

I have stuff stored in an external partition (ext4) that is mounted through /etc/fstab to the location /vms. Inside that directory, I have a folder shared which should be accessible (currently read-...
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Tried to disable guest account and now Ubuntu isn't working

I'm running Ubuntu as a virtual machine (using vmware), and I attempted to disable the Guest account by typing this into the terminal: sudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf Then, I typed this in the ...
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I can't save files and data using guest session

I have a problem saving my files and all data created as shown in the following image. How do I save my files?