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Short, simple command to create a group if it doesn't already exist?

What is the cleanest way to modify this command in bash to only run if the group does not exist? groupadd somegroupname A one-liner would be best.
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Restricted ssh remote execution with arguments

I need to enable remote execution of a shell script on a server, but deny all other access. The script is a toggle that accepts a single parameter (on/off/status). This comes close to answering my ...
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adding list of users to multiple groups

I have a shell script which add list of users which is listed in another file lets say users.txt. After that, I want my script to add users to multiple existing groups with condition, one user may ...
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How can I investigate what other users are currently logged in?

Since the last few days I get an error message when I try to shut my laptop down: System policy prevents stopping the system when other users are logged in This error message includes a prompt ...
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Does root not require a password to log in as a user?

Does root not require a password to log in as a user even though a password has been set for that user? When I am logged in as "root", su user logs me in as "user". There is no prompt for a password. ...
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Cannot lock group file: already locked

I'm trying to add a group using this command: groupadd somegroup which returns: Cannot lock group file: already locked. I did some research and most of the solutions require removing a lock file ...
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How to correctly enable sudo for user in Fedora 20

I followed this question in order to enable sudo command for my created user. So I added it into the wheels group and edited the /etc/sudoers file accordingly. But what I don't get about this is when ...
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How can I keep user acccounts consistent accross multiple machines?

I now have a Raspberry Pi which runs Debian Wheezy. I have a couple machines (4 physical, 2 virtual) sitting here and I would like to unify the user accounts on those machines. The machines I run ...
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SSH'd into a computer, uptime / who / users report 0 users?

I'm ssh'd into a server. Why doesn't the server report it? # uptime 21:54:28 up 13 days, 3:47, 0 users, load average: 1.18, 1.11, 1.13 # users # who I'm not really sure I understand it ...
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Local Account Creation Date

For compliance purposes there is the need to fetch information regarding local (user and non-user) accounts creation date on UNIX machines. Is there any way (even if it's not the most reliable or ...
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NFS file owner(uid) = 4294967294, can't do much with my mount, How do I fix this?

I have a somewhat strange setup going on here, I have Android as the client and it's kernel does not support NFSv4, also my /etc/exports file on the server side has no NFSv4 style entries. I am ...
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Easiest way to sandbox an user

I'd like to sandbox a user so that they can only read files under /media/shared/somefolder. What's the easiest way to accomplish this? Users/groups? ACL? AppArmor? Some context: Plex Media Server is ...
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How to get the name of the user who executed a bash script as sudo?

I want to create a bash script that must be executed with sudo but should take into account the name of the non-sudo user who executed it. So if user bob runs sudo ./myscript.sh I would like ...
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How can I create a new user but with a home directory that already exists?

Let's say I have a user called panos and he has his home directory located at /home/panos. Then, I create a another user called Tom: adduser Tom It creates a user Tom who has home dir: /home/Tom ...
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Restrict user access in linux

I'm creating a new user with the following details: useradd -d /var/www/html/testuser.com -G users testuser I proceed by creating a new password for the user and attempt to login via SSH, I land on ...
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backup user accounts without giving a home directory to them

I am reinstalling the older Ubuntu machines with the latest RHEL 6.0 in servers. I have /etc/passwd and /etc/group and /etc/shadow file backed up for the list of user accounts that I need to create ...
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How is file owner and group remembered for an external drive?

I formatted an external hard drive with an ext4 partition and subsequently mounted it. So that I could use the new partition, I did: sudo chown me:me /mount/directory to change the file owner and ...
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Precedence of user and group owner in file permissions

I just ran into something unexpected (for me) regarding file permissions on Linux (Arch Linux). Basically I have: userX in groupX fileX userX:groupX ---rwx---- What puzzles me: I cannot perform ...
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Changing pasword for debian live

I have a hooks file, in the hooks folder, that looks like this: echo "root:rootpw" | chpasswd echo "user:userpw" | chpasswd After boot, Debian asks for user and password. When I type user along ...
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What audit log files are created in linux to track a users activities?

One of the machines on our networks was consuming a large amount of Internet bandwidth. However no user was using the system. When I connected to the server using SSH and ran who it showed that a ...
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getgrent() never terminates in NIS setup

I have an NIS setup on my Linux box (from nsswitch.conf): group: compat nis When iterating over the group entries (using the getgrent() function), the iteration never terminates. For example: ...
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Add a user for Postgres on Mac

I've had a very difficult time trying to set up a postgres database. I am using Mac OS X 10.9.2. I am using this tutorial: http://tutorials.jumpstartlab.com/topics/environment/environment.html The ...
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Home Directories and pam.d using LDAP

Background: I'm not too familiar with the ins and outs of pam and LDAP authentication on a configuration side. I've used systems that use pam but I've only worked on applications, not systems ...
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Two users with different permissions on same directory

Is it possible to give two users different permissions on the same directory? I want to use it for ftp: userFull gets R+W and userLim gets only Read, depending on who logs on. Im getting stuck on the ...
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Is it possible to get uid table in Linux?

I'm a student in a university and I can finger and id all users (students etc) through SSH. Here is the id command e147200@beluga:~$ id e201634 uid=22678(e201634) gid=3561(stat_bs) ...
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Allow other user to copy the files from my folder?

I am working with Ubuntu and I have a jar file in this folder /export/home/david And I am logged in machineB as david user. Some other user is also logged in that same machine. And I want other user ...
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Is there a tool(!) to list assigned subuid and subgid values for users?

The question is basically in the title. usermod -v (--add-sub-uids) and usermod -w (--add-sub-gids) can be used to manipulate the subuid and subgid ranges for a user account, but there appears to be ...
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Change the HOME of a user during a graphical session

The other day I had the idea to create display manager independent guest session. My basic idea was to change the login shell to a custom program that creates a temporary home on the fly (f.e. ...
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How to copy files as Jenkins “post build” action if i don't have privileges to destination directory

I have the following users "architecture" : root access is disabled. admin user have access only to its home directory. Apache runs as root service (root is the only one that have access to ...
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How can I download all usernames?

I have access to a university's Linux server where all students have accounts. I can retrieve their full name by typing the finger username, and their departments by typing id username. All the ...
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Can't simulate initial login using sudo

$ sudo -iu cyrus sudo: unable to change directory to /srv/cyrus: Permission denied sudo: unable to execute /bin/zsh: Permission denied I don't understand why I would get permission denied for ...
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User created without a password behaves as if he had one

Inside one of my scripts, I created an user based on a directory arrangement on another machine. The thing is that this user, created without a password, behaves just as he had one : he has sudo ...
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How do you give a developer group access to apache, MySQL, php and the webroot?

We have 3 web designers that are currently logging in to our server via root to configure apache and setup websites. I have very basic linux knowledge (I'm a web designer) and have created users and ...
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How to Always make the ttyUSB0 none root access allowed?

Ubuntu 13.10 64-bit OS. I have a service running using Python serial the application running without root as username. But it has to access /dev/ttyUSB0 , so i need to do every time manually chmod -R ...
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Command to know privileges of a user group

If I run cat /etc/group command or groups username I am able to know the list of groups as group of a particular user. Is there any command through which I could know which type of privileges a ...
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How do I log in as non-interactive user? (e.g. mysql)

I need to run a command mysql_upgrade which, when ran as root, returns Looking for 'mysql' as: mysql Looking for 'mysqlcheck' as: mysqlcheck Running 'mysqlcheck' with connection arguments: ...
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Bash script to remove user

I need to create a Bash script to remove a user. We use RHEL version 4, 5, & 6. Lets say usernames are Ray4 & Ray6 & the script name is deal. Specific tasks for this script are: Does the ...
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user accessing and permission denied

I had a user john in fedora 19 usergroup marygroup useradd -g marygroup mary usermod -a -G marygroup john In John terminal: cd /home/mary Permission denied cd /home ls -l drwx------. 11 john ...
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How to block the user for a certain amount of time

Suppose, I am working in X environment, and I want to have an obligatory periodic rest. Is it possible to setup a root cron job, that will block my user for 5 minutes every 45 minutes? I am using ...
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Disable commands for users [duplicate]

I have users that login automatically via ssh to a script I defined instead of a shell. The script basically launches a program which has a shell-escape in it which would allow the user to execute ...
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Use different username by default for a specific host

I have a different (assigned, non-changable) username on one of the servers I log to regularly, and I would like to avoid writing it down every time. Can I make these lines [tohecz@localhost ~]$ ssh ...
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Why is konsole reading /etc/passwd?

In relation to this question: While observing the behavior of fatrace, I notice something which concerns me. Here are the first few lines of output of the command "fatrace|grep konsole" ...
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Creating operating system (OS) user in Oracle LINUX

I am a user with sudo access. To install MySQL, I have to create an operating system (OS) user called MySQL. Can I create a user which also has sudo access on this machine?
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What are the side effects of having several UNIX users share one UID?

The sys-apps/shadow package on my GNU / Linux system comes with a useradd command that supports an option that I have previously overlooked: --non-unique. For the sake of convenience when shellig home ...
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office 2007 under wine: available for all user accounts?

I have succesfully installed office 2007 using Wine under 1 account on my parents computer (which now runs on linux mint 13 LTS XFCE). I installed it under 1 account and normally, when you do this in ...
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HOWTO check if a user account is blocked against /etc/shadow

After set the Account Expire parameter on /etc/shadow (field #7) to 90 days,I need to know where to look around if an user account is locked down or not after those amount of days. Right now, the ...
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What can I do if I got locked out by cphulk?

Is there any way in Linux to create another user with root rights? I got locked out by cphulk and I need some other way to log in. Notice many ways to fix this involve logging in to root or whm. ...
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Create ssh user which can only access home directory [duplicate]

I read documentation on the internet on how to create a new user with SSH access. I figured it out and to create a user is quite simple. The next step I want to take is to jail this ssh server to the ...
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Will having dozens of inactive logins hurt performance

I work on a cluster shared with ~20 users, many of them operating remotely. It's quite common to open the login node, type users and see ~100 users listed, mostly the same user logged in multiple ...
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User permissions inside and outside of LXC containers?

I'm running some services inside of Docker LXC containers on my server and I'm beginning to actually do serious things with them. One thing I'm not clear on is how user permissions work inside and ...