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Changing user while scp

I need to copy file between Linux machines. The problem that the user I use to login (myuser), is different from the user that can access the file. If I just ssh to the machine, I can switch the user ...
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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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How do you create a user with no password?

In os X it's possible to have users without passwords. If you inspect them with dscl their password show up as *. This is used for system users such as users for databases like mysql, pgsql etc. ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I do NFSv4 UID mapping across systems with UID mismatches?

I am working in a lab with three Ubuntu systems, and I would like to cross-mount some filesystems via NFS. However, while the systems have some of the same usernames, the UIDs and GIDs don't match, ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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How to switch back and forth between users quickly on a single terminal?

I'd like to switch to another user without logging out the first user, then log in as a third user without logging out the other two, and so on, then switch between all users quickly. I'd like to ...
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security concern around adding cron user to web application group

I have a permissions issue on my CentOS 5.6 machine with regards to the cron user. On my test/staging environment my cron user (picco-cron) is a member of one group - picco-cron, as below: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it possible to edit the '$' or '#' symbols for users? [duplicate]

What file needs to receive edits in order to make such adjustments?
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What is `plan` for users?

Sometimes, I use finger - and I can't help but notice that when I specify a user: finger admin - The last thing the output says is: No Plan. What does that mean? Where can I find out more about ...
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Add a user to the system *only if it doesn't exist*

I've been running the useradd {user} command to add users to my system, though I plan on running this in an automated environment, and it might end up being run again, even though the user already ...
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Switch user on terminal

I'm switching user using command: sudo su - userName On my terminal I always have: user@user directory $ (some command) But when I switch user I have only : $ (some commands) It is hard to ...
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Why are newly created users assigned to primary groups of their usernames?

I've noticed that on a number of linux distributions that whenever a new user is created, it is assigned to a primary group of its own name. eg. If i create a user called "testuser", by default it is ...
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Enable superuser when logged in with another user

Suppose that the machine has two users: Alice (admin) Bob (standard user) While Bob is logged in, how can Alice modify a root file (Bob does not have this permission even with sudo)? Alice tried: ...
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How do I add network or user source connection data to history entries?

I would like to modify the history settings for all users on the systems that I manage. I would like it to contain the information from the connecting terminal like from who sysadmin:/ # who sysadmin ...
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What does adduser do that useradd doesn't?

In addition to the more widespread useradd, Debian based systems also contain an additional adduser command which provides a higher level interface for adding users and some related tasks. There are ...
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Tracking user CPU hours

I am looking to work out which users on our system are using the most CPU resources. to check this? So I would like to find out: CPU-hours this month, (and % of total) CPU hours this week, (and % ...
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How to only zip the files of a specific user?

I like zip, it's simple, but recently I came with the need of only zipping the file owned by one user in a directory. I read the manual and I can't find any option to for example do things like: ...
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I can not log into Ubuntu 12.04

by ignorance and error I renamed the user_name of the directory /home/, called frank_account (home/frank_account) to sixven(/home/sixven) (using gksudo nautilus). Restarting Ubuntu, I get 3 users: ...
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/home/user: change directory failed error

I just installed Arch reading from the Beginners' Guide on the Arch Wiki. Once I rebooted Arch, I logged into root then I added my own personal account: useradd fox then passwd fox and set my password ...