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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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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 ...
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Set the default permission

When I create a file, the permission is 644 (user rw, group r, other r). How can I make the default file generated to have permission as 664?
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How is a username determined and can I hide the domain component in a winbind username?

Someone asked a question on Server Fault about a problem which I'm also having but no one has answered it so I'm posing a slightly different question to try and figure it out myself. I've configured ...
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Can sudo to user but 'run command as' is denied?

I was wondering how to run a command as another user from a script without password. sudo -l return: (root) NOPASSWD: /bin/su - someuser There is no problem to sudo as someuser. Command sudo su - ...
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How to enable someone to SSH to my server from Windows? [closed]

I want someone from windows to log in into my server using SSH, so he can edit files and install things. Is there a step to step how to do it? I need to: Create his user account. Configure it, ...
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can't change user

I setup vsftp with my ftp users' home directory at /var/www but I realized, it wouldn't let em login by ftp, I tried to connect to 127.0.0.1. So then i wanted to "try out" my ftp user on the shell but ...
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super user group or user?

I am using the following command in Oracle Exadata: sudo su - odiadmin As sudo prompts for my own password, I am wondering if I upgrade myself to super user or do I switch to superuser ...
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How come each program or service has an account of its own in /etc/passwd?

I checked out the /etc/passwd file and I'm surprised to see that there are 35 different accounts, even though I'm the only user on this computer. I see that the accounts have names like mail, news, ...
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halt, poweroff, shutdown, reboot don't require root?

For some reason, I can run halt, poweroff, shutdown, and reboot as a regular user without root. How can I fix this? Is it something to do with user groups, or is it a seting somewhere?
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Backup server users creation

I have a RHEL server which acts as the web server for all the users (around 1000 users). Now, I have a backup script which backs up the data (all data inside /home folder) into an external HDD. This ...
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Whoami: cannot find name for user id 0

When I run whoami it says: whoami: cannot find name for user id 0 My /etc/passwd file looks like this: root::0:0:root:/root:/bin/bash
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How do I change user to uid/gid 760?

I requested creation of new user (so that all processes by particular program could be owned by this user). Our admin told me that this new user has uid/gid 760. Please, how do I switch to this ...
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Is it possible to make a standard user that can gain NO access to root?

I'm a very new beginner learning how to use Linux. I have very little experience so far in different distros. I've set Kali Linux as the OS on a remote PC. Users will be connecting to it via SSH and I ...
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Trouble with dbus and systemd/user

I have systemd set up so that using systemctl start user@me will start my user services as I expect, but my dbus one just won't go (which I need for PulseAudio). Is there some way I can check dbus or ...
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How do I identify the user that is attempting to create a file?

I have a PHP script that is attempting to create a file, but it can not because of permissions. I would like to identify which user the system sees as the one requesting to create the file. I would ...
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How can I create automatically expiring user accounts?

This is what I'd like to be able to do: After a user's account is created, they should be able to ssh-tunnel, but their account is automatically removed after 30 days unless the countdown is reset by ...
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Creating a user valid for a given time period? [duplicate]

I wan to create a user on Ubuntu valid for 10 min. How can I do that if it's possible?
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tftpd runs as root, despite explicit option “--user tftp”

I start my tftp server with the option --user tftp so that it runs as user tftp instead of root. However, ps shows that the process still runs as root ps aux| grep tftp root 2542 0.0 0.0 ...
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How to configure permissions to allow file access?

I'm running Wowza Media Server on my server as "root". The problem is that all files created (recorded) by Wowza are "root:root" and aren't writable, editable, or deletable by any other users. How can ...
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Is it possible to log in in a host with an user created for programs like apache or postgreSQL?

I am wondering whether is it possible to log in in a computer with users like www-data or postgres as I do with my own user. Are some users "allowed to log in" while others not? Is there any ...
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How to change default shell to ZSH - chsh says “invalid shell”

I installed ZSH on a VM of mine, where I compiled it from source. The location of ZSH is /usr/local/bin/zsh when I run chsh -s /usr/local/bin/zsh it outputs chsh: /usr/local/bin/zsh is an invalid ...
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Are the crontabs of users linked?

Our Linux server has a community user that has a crontab for itself. The admins don't want me to schedule my scripts on their crontab because they don't want to take responsibility for my programming. ...
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How can I create an SFTP user in CentOS?

I'd like to give temporary SFTP access to a support guy. How do I create an SFTP user? And how can I delete it once the job is done? Also, how do I specify a home directory for them? Can I prevent ...