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Will a users password expire if I set the “maxexpired” to “-1”? [maxage not 0] - AIX

So under AIX 6, according to "lsuser" the user has the following settings: maxexpired=-1 maxage=2 So this means that 2 weeks after the last password update of the user the password will expire, but ...
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How can a user run a program in kernel mode?

Is it possible for a user to run their own program in kernel mode? How could a user accomplish this? What weakness in the system's protection mechanism would they have to bypass? I'm thinking that a ...
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How do I know a specified user's permissions on Linux with root access?

I have root access to my local server. And some days ago my colleague created a user on that server, giving me the uesrname and password. But the user has a minimized permissions. Like the user can't ...
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What is the proper solution to a web server trying to write to a directory?

So, I have a box with a "deploy" user. This deploy user owns a code repository and wordpress is running on this box... When wordpress attempts to do something like upload a plugin, it is using the ...
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SSH not landing in the home directory

I have recently installed Raspbian into a Raspberry Pi. As part of the installation process I changed the user name and group from the default (pi) to my own (let's call it user) using usermod and ...
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'mysql' user and group creation, ownership settings

I know what the linux command chown does, I used it to change the ownership or group of a file. If there is a MySQL installation on a Ubuntu machine, I saw some people doing the following thing: ...
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How to trace a process to original user?

Say, on a Solaris server, user1 logs in, switches to someother user, say sruser, using su - and then starts a process of id X. And then another user user2 logs in, switches to sruser the same way and ...
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recommended procedure to create a user/group during RPM install

after trying hard to search for RPM best practices guides and finding virtually none, to my surprise, I resort to the community - I need to ensure that some users and groups exist after the ...
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Another account with same uid as root gets prompted to set new password for root, not itself

After upgrading the os from 5300-06 to 5300-11, this weird behaviour happened. My system had another unix account, let's call it "abc", purposely configured its uid to 0 for working as a root with ...
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Will a account get locked while logging in FTP mode to a remote server whose password has already expired in UNIX

I have a FTP user id to a remote server, the password for which has expired.The account is getting locked if connection is being made in FTP mode to the server with the old(expired) password. Is ...
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How do I add a local user to a box that uses LDAP authenticaiton?

I'm working with a box that uses LDAP for user authentication. However, I need to add a local user to run some services and I don't want non-person users junking up the LDAP directory. Does anyone ...
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sort ls output by users

On Linux, is there a way to sort ls output by users? What I try to achieve is something like this: user_a   file1 user_a   file2 user_b   another_file user_c   this_file user_c ...
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using chown in linux

I want to assign www-data user full rights in folder /var/www/ and all of the files inside this folder. I have tried chown www-data /var/www/
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How to get hashed password in /etc/shadow using getpwnam()?

Apparently there is a function (getpwnam) that given a username, will return the appropriate entry in /etc/passwd with the other details for that user (shell, uid, gid, etc.). However, I have no idea ...
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delete a system user account if daemon is no longer needed?

In an unusual scenario, I have to get rid of a specific system user account called 'lp' (line printing deamon) on an openSUSE system. Can I just comment out the line for that account in /etc/passwd ...
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What is the command for listing all users who are members of the admin group?

I am looking for the name of the superusers list on Fedora. (On Ubuntu is seems to be "sudo".) I want to add one of the users to the superusers list. The groups command only lists the groups of the ...
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How to create a sudo user that cannot delete me?

I'm sudoer on a remote linux machine and would like to create another user with the maximum privileges, except the privilege of managing my account. I'm assuming a sudoer can delete or change the ...
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Directory/files owned by a non-existent user

A user has created a directory with files, but the user does not exist in /etc/passwd or /etc/group. The system is a Fedora server with an FTP server and proxy which redirects to a CentOS server with ...
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usermod -d /path user - User is currently logged in

good Day I want to make a change to a user on my CENTOS server. I want to change his default directory. When running the command: usermod -d /path_to_new_dir david terminal gives me the following ...
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different shell for root and non-root user

When I ssh as root, my shell is bash, but when it's a non-root user it is sh. How can I make them both to use bash? This actually goes against the logic in this question: Why root's default shell is ...
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su and aliases confusion

I create an alias as my current user in the bash shell, which I can see using the alias command. When I switch user without the -, i.e. su testuser, the alias is not carried into the new user's ...
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What command should I run after making changes to /etc/passwd file

I have made some changes to /etc/passwd file ,now I wanted to see if the effect of changes taken place or not .What command should I run for that. For example after making change to ...
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How to tell who is connected via vnc to my machine?

How do I check how many vnc connections or different users are currently connected to my machine? Only through wireshark? And how do I kill any other users connected through vnc?
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SFTP with Mysql user pass instead of PAM

Is there a way for people to log onto a debian server via sftp using just mysql database table as authentaction. IE not adding a user to the system? I know it can be done over ftp and TLS but i ...
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NIS: How to allow access to both local and remote users' home directories?

We have a NIS server with shared users' home directories in '/home'. We're used to mounting the server's '/home' using '/home' as the mount point on each NIS client. However, if we do this with a ...
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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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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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What does the `who` command result `root :0` mean?

The return value of command who will always include root :0 in X Window pts. I guess it actually means the GNOME login. Am I right? Another question is where to get this knowledge, as I don't see it ...
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Creating a User-less Distro

One of the popular programs I use is GParted, and it has its own custom distro, that boots straight to the desktop, and starts the program. I couldn't find any information on creating such a distro. I ...
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Should I use useradd or adduser?

I am trying to add a new user to the system. I am confused though which command to run: useradd or adduser?
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Is it possible to log directly into chroot?

Lets say I boot up my computer and I see the login screen. When I log in as myuser, I want to be restricted to a certain root directory via. chroot. Let's assume that the directory is ...
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Is unix good with many users/groups?

If I have 10,000 webapps on my server and I'd like enhanced permissions and make a user for every app (/var/www/NAME will have a matching /tmp/www/NAME), will everything be fine or will problems occur ...
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Deny external SSH access to a user

Is it possible to deny access to a user (in my case www-data) from outside the network? Or possibly deny this: ssh www-data@example.com But allow this if already logged in: su www-data
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Why is there a ! in the password hash?

In /etc/shadow, I have a line that begins: ubuntu:!$6$Pi4BKmX8$........................ Why is there a ! before the $6$ in the hash?
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Changing username still leaves old traces

I changed my username about a month ago, and although I have forgotten the specificities of how I had done so, I'm pretty sure I followed the instructions on the Arch Wiki. Since then, some programs, ...
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su - user doesn't work for users without a password

I've created a user on CentOS with useradd -M username. Now, I want to become that user just like su - username. It asks me for a password for that user but I didn't set a password for that user. As ...
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Sendmail can't find local users (with uppercase letters)

Sendmail works through sending to a smarthost, but can't find local users. # sendmail -bv LocalUser@myhost.net LocalUser@myhost.net... User unknown # grep LocalUser /var/log/maillog Sep 8 03:48:30 ...
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How do I add a new user to an embedded Linux system by hand?

I have a system which was designed for use by root only and I want to run an FTP server on it. The software I use handles authentication by using same username and password as OS itself. To me it ...
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rc control user

I am playing around with rc scripts. I am starting a daemon from rc.local. I would like to know how I start the process under a specific user instead of root?
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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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Convert numeric string from file to exit code in shell

I'd like to grep /etc/password for a username and return the last two digits of a user-id number as the return code. This is because I have an application whose main way of interacting with other ...
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With NIS users, how to find out which users are currently logged in?

I'm using a NIS server to control 100 clients. I'm using NIS for centralized authentication and NFS to share the home directory. The main problem I'm facing is that I cannot find out which users are ...
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How do I set a newly created user account to NOT prompt the user to change their password?

I created a new user account, but the user is prompted to change their password on first login. I don't want them to change their password, I want them to use the password they were assigned. How do ...
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How to change the username in Ubuntu 10.10?

I want to change a username. In the prompt, which says abhishek@hello$, I want to replace abhishek with alok (i.e. alok@hello$). Is it possible to do that without reinstalling Ubuntu?
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Allow paswordless user to change to another passwordless user

I have two users dev and tomcat neither of them have a password. How can I allow dev 1 do su - tomcat without having him having to enter any credentials? 1 connects with ssh keyfile
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How to generate folder ownership lists for each user?

I'd like to generate several separate lists for each user in Ubuntu. The lists contains the files and folders belong to each user. Using the command following list me all the users in the system: ...
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Where can I find a reference to the format of the comment field (field 5) of the /etc/passwd file?

In the /etc/passwd file on my system, the "comment" field, field 5, is inconsistent in its contents. I thought that I could extract it to get the full name of the user. fullname=`awk -F: '$1 == name ...
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Changing user and group ID system wide (including file system attributes)?

(this question possibly related to Linux: simulating/masking user ownership upon mount of 'external' partitions? - Stack Overflow) I typically use Ubuntu (currently 11.04) as my desktop OS; let's say ...
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How can I switch one user to another in Freebsd?

How can I switch one user to another in Freebsd? For examples, I am user david now and I want to change to user Bob. This is a personal OS for my study. not a server. I searched it, but only got ...
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Redirect SSH user server side

I know that I can create shortcuts for specific users/servers on the client side via ~/.ssh/config or /etc/ssh/ssh_config, but I would like to do something similar but on the server side. That is, ...