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dconf fails when running X application from alternate user

In an effort to protect my personal files in my home directory, I am trying to run certain applications as an alternate user, but under the same graphical environment. I have enabled X permissions by ...
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What does 'addgroup' do compared to 'groupadd' [duplicate]

I am new to Linux and have started using Ubuntu. One thing I am having issues with is adding users due to the lack of easy to find information on the subject. I have noticed that there are two ...
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What's the difference between lpasswd and passwd commands?

Studying the CentOS/RHEL sysadmin manual, I can't understand if there are or what are the differences between these commands.
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Should I create should my own user with less privileges on a server (Digit. Ocean)?

I'm trying to deploy a website at Digital Ocean. I have the user root as the default. However, since it's root I believe I should create my own, normal user, shouldn't I? Nonetheless, in the ...
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Error while logging in to a NIS server using the desktop GUI

When trying to login to a user account on an openSUSE based NIS server on a local network I receive the error message Cannot enter home directory. Using /. The following is the console error message ...
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Authentication required to edit Sudoers - User not listed

I made a small typo in my sudoers file, nothing a simple pkexec can't fix. The problem is that when I added my user with "adduser name" and added "name" to visudo, as well as the root and sudo groups:...
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User Admin - View Permissions when 750 is used for home

apologies if this question is caused by a fundamental misunderstanding. But as main admin of a server: I want to make it so that users cant see each others home folders. (so I chmod 750 the home ...
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Create a restricted user on Ubuntu

I need to grant guest SSH access to some user to review our server. He could: access only /opt/www/ folder (and subfolders) can list folders but can't read files content can't edit/create files ...
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Primary and secondary groups

So I've got the basics of primary and secondary groups down, but still have some questions I can't seem to find solid answers to: Can many users belong to the same primary group? Can one user's ...
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Moderate users homedirs - removing cleartext passwords [closed]

On one of Linux terminals I administrate, we allow users to write own scripts in bash/perl/python to enhance their administrative tasks. The problem with users is they don't always follow the rules. ...
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Add user and set password using Ansible

I have created an Ansible playbook to create user and set password. But it is giving me an error ERROR: password is not a legal parameter of an Ansible Play Can someone help me with this? --- - ...
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Show a user exists command

Is there a command that shows a user exists and is assigned to a group? I have just used the command usermod -a -G [GROUP] [NAME OF USER] and assigned a user to a group but, I was wondering if there ...
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pulseaudio run as root

I have Ubuntu 12.04 installed on my PC, recently I have edited /etc/passwd and changed user1:x:00:00:user1,,,:/home/user1:/bin/bash to give root permission to user1 and the system always need to ...
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How to enter a user account and run commands from a shell script being run as root?

I am presently writing an automated install script for Arch Linux, to simplify the install process for myself (in case my current installation of Arch goes belly up and I can't fix it myself), but the ...
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Allow multiple users to “su” to multiple other users without password

This is similar to this question: Allow user1 to "su - user2" without password However, the solution only work for multiple users accessing "su"ing ONE user. #works fine :) 2 or more ...
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Is there a way to start always as a root?

I'm using Debian Wheezy, and I need to be always as a root. So I do the following every-time I restart the OS: $ sudo -i then startx. Is there a way to restart directly as a root every-time?
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users resource in Puppet not updating /etc/shadow

I have written a manifests using users resource as shown below node 'node2.example.com','node3.example.com'{ user { 'ash': ensure => 'present', managehome => 'true', comment => '...
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Difference between logname and $LOGNAME

While reading about environment variables, the one I came across was LOGNAME, I'd like to know the difference between this variable and whatever the command logname returns - as both of them did ...
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OOM-kill a process from user with highest memory consumption?

I have a multi-user system, where active users should get a fair share of the available memory. Can I set up Linux to kill a process of the user with the highest total memory consumption? This will ...
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What is a good way to change a group of users UIDs without usermod executing a time consuming chown on the user home directory?

My situation I inherited a collection of four Linux boxes where no care was taken to keep UIDs unique across systems. There are ~40 users and over 7TB of data owned collectively by those users. In ...
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vagrant user able to switch to any user without any password while running command “sudo su - <username>” but other users doesn't

I have installed two vagrant hosts on my machine. I login using user/pass: vagrant/vagrant Created a user user1. When I am in vagrant user and type below command : [vagrant@host1]sudo su - I am ...
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How I can change the home directory of the sftp server on MAC OS X?

I'm trying to set up SFTP's home directory on a MAC OS X Mavericks for user my_user. Now, it looks like: /Users/my_user (i got it with sftp> pwd command) but I want it be: /Users/my_user/Documents/...
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How to set correct user group rights to application running with java?

How to set correct user group rights to application using java? There is this scenario: 1) I have created user group and user (the same) - call it "groupgroup" 2) When I create a file with this ...
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home directory restriction

I am in serious doubt and need to implement to specific area Scenario A normal user , he can create file and folder in his home directory .he wouldn't not permitted to delete folder and file ...
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How can I switch from one user to another user inside a script?

.The issue is my id 'aaa' can read only the file name and not the contents inside it when I log in with my id "aaa". So to read the contents I have to switch to another user "bbb" which is having ...
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How to use user-systemctl as root?

I want to start a user service from my root shell without logging into the users shell. I have tried the following command, but it fails: #> su - username -c "systemctl --user" Failed to connect ...
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How to stop a user from seeing command line arguments?

We have a CI server application run as the build user. Any command with arguments run by the CI server is visible via ps. Although non-admin users do not have access to load a shell on the CI server, ...
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Give /var/www files access to www-data and my user?

Any folder than I want my php code to be able to save in or any file I want it to be able to modify has to be owned by www-data. This is annoying because everything I create or want to edit without ...
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sudo tar changes extracted files ownership to unknown user

I am running this command: $ sudo tar xvzf nexus-latest-bundle.tar.gz The extracted files belong to an unknown (1001) user: drwxr-xr-x 8 1001 1001 4096 Dec 16 18:37 nexus-2.12.0-01 ...
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Change default group for any new user

I'm wondering if you could change defaults groups for new users without having to specify all of them manually. I'm trying to harden my ArchLinux and there's a group (provided by Grsecurity) that is ...
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Xterm and User problem on Linux From Scratch

I made a linux system using LFS book 7.8 and then went to BLFS 7.8. I installed lxdm and xfce4 desktop. All the necessary drivers and libraries are installed. Now when I log in as root, I get no ...
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Is AWS AMI 'apache' equivalent to Ubuntu 'www-data'?

I'm trying to convert a Chef script that's used in AWS OpsWorks for an Ubuntu system to a script I can use with my AWS OpsWorks setup for my Amazon Linux AMI installation. Their Ubuntu Setup: sudo ...
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Does a user have permissions to write outside /home/userDir?

Does a normal* user have permissions to write anywhere else than his own home dir? (no sudo and those privilege escalation tools) I say normal because I do not know more categories than root and ...
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Switching Users in Centos 7 gui

I got CentOS 7 installed with gnome desktop. During set up I set a password for the admin account, and also set guest with no password and without admin rights. When i rebooted and went to login the ...
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changing file and folder permissions for network shares

I am fairly new to linux but used it before and know bit about the command line etc... I am trying to set up a folder in which everyone has their own username and password with each folder, I have ...
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Limit a user to his own home directory

I have a user who can even use sudo. I want to limit his access to his home directory only. nothing else at all. I created a group ' limited ' and moved him to this group. Now What? How shall I ...
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How to change the Home directory of the currently logged In user

I am currently logged in into a CentOS server and I would like to change my home directory from /home/myuserName/ to /var/www/html/ I tried the below command : > sudo usermod -d /var/www/html ...
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How can I add all my groups to a different user in bash?

I've got a user named foo. I'd like foo to have all the same group memberships that I do. I thought I was close, with this: sudo usermod -a -G $(id -Gn | tr " " ",") node4 The id piped to tr is ...
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How to count how many files belong to each user/group combination?

How to count how many files belong to each user/group combination? I need to do this for each user/group combination that exists, in each of the directory trees /etc, /usr, and /var.
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Unable to log in to any user accounts on a fresh install of Arch linux

Has anyone run into the issue of not being able to log into their root account after a fresh install of Arch Linux? I have tried setting the root password twice with the passwd command within the ...
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Change user passwd with UID

Is it possible to change a user's password by UID? [root@CentOS7 ~]# id usera uid=1000(usera) gid=1000(usera) groups=1000(usera),10(wheel) [root@CentOS7 ~]# man passwd [root@CentOS7 ~]# passwd 1000 ...
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Users withouth password (at least for login)

I have a desktop pc with 3 users on it. (Linux Mint 17 Rafaela) These 3 users are mine, I use this configuration to isolate my work files and settings from the university files and my personal stuff. ...
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changing $HOME directory name

I'm Using Arch Linux + Xfce4 (Edit: running as VBox OS guest) and I wanted to change a username and it's home directory accordingly. I followed these steps as root: 1.Renamed the home directory # mv ...
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adding text to titlebar in all root windows [closed]

When a window is opended with root priveleges, I want to display some text in the titlebar to inform the user that he/she is root in that particular instance. I'm currently using the MATE desktop ...
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Is there a whoami to find the current group I'm logged in as?

I'm trying to find my current logged in group without wanting to use newgrp to switch.
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Proper permissions on SFTP upload and download subdirectories in a user's home directory?

I have a server running OpenSSH. I've setup an SFTP server that users can log into. I have created user userName with a folder at /sftp/userName with permissions of 555 and owner root. This folder has ...
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Is it safe to disable shell access to all users listed in /etc/passwd?

I have just read about how to disable shell access for users in Ubuntu in this post for security reasons. Is it safe to disable shell access to all users listed in /etc/passwd except the root:x:0:0 ...
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What is the purpose of the 'ssh' group?

There is a system user named sshd on my system, and a group named ssh: $ cat /etc/passwd | grep ssh sshd:x:120:65534::/var/run/sshd:/usr/sbin/nologin $ cat /etc/group | grep ssh ssh:x:117: My guess ...
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Delete all users and groups except root in debian

I would like to delete all users present by default on my Debian, but I wonder what can happen if I delete them... I am learning linux so I want to clean everything except root and play around with ...
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Need Help to Solve Screenlock Bypass Issue for Expired User Account

I have created a script that I deploy to my children's computers via Salt. The script implements allowed working hours and has worked well, but one of my children have found a way of bypassing this ...