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How to check if a user can access a given file?

*nix user permissions are really simple, but things can get messy when you have to take in account all the parent directory access before reaching a given file. How can I check if the user has enough ...
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how to map users and group with sshfs

As you can see below I'm able to map the user from kevcoder00 to kevcoder01 but the group gets mapped to marigold although that group does not exists on kevcoder01 l00py@kevcoder00:~$ sshfs -o ...
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Have rights during shell but not in a script (unless I sudo it)

I have a really basic confusion. How does sudo work? I noticed that when I ran a script it failed, since it tried to write a file in a directory that the following permissions: $ ls -l thedir ...
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change root account username

In windows it is possible to change administrator username for security reasons. Is it possible to change root username in Linux too?
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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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What's the difference between a normal user and a system user?

Some documentation I'm going through has a boolean switch on whether or not a user is a 'system' user or a 'normal' user defaulting to 'normal'). What is the difference between these two modes of ...
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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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Deleting users with nologin shell

On a security audit performed on our production Linux servers , we were asked to remove nobody user if no application are using it. I checked and could see that there are no files owned by 'nobody' ...
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CentOS can't remove user from group

Asked and answered many times, but I can't get it working!!! (On CentOS) I have the user userA and I want to remove it from group sftponly. #groups userA userA : sftponly #id -Gn userA sftponly ...
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I have installed Linux distribution. Do I need to set root account or the user account is enough?

I have these credentials that I am using for logging in with my Linux distribution (Ubuntu 13.04) when starting the computer: james myawesomepassword123 I type the password on the login screen and ...
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Understanding getlogin()

I think the previous iteration of this question was a little bit like a carpet bomb of questions, so that may have turned people off to it (to the point of almost being flagged for removal) so I'll ...
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Get environment variable of other user [closed]

Is there a way I can see the environment variable of an other user? I want to do that as root, so permissions won't be a problem I guess. For the user himself, I use echo $PATH or set | grep PATH ...
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How to see Current users on the system

I need a script to identify only and only users ( current users ) on the system and what actions they are performing. I use w , but don't show user's actions that are currently performing ... and PS ...
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Disk usage summary per user

Is there a way to get the disk usage per user under a given path? du doesn't seem to have an option to aggregate disk usage per user, and df only seems to report how much disk is left on the drive. ...
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Linux multi-user system: Each user's home partition on its own Hard Drive

I've got a pogoplug running Arch Linux that I'm using for a NAS with rsync backing up my data over SSH. Right now, I'm the only one using it, but I'd like to add my roommate as well. She has her own ...
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What type of permissions should a user's home directory and files have?

I'm working with a fresh install of Ubuntu 12.04 and I've just added a new user: useradd -m testuser I thought that the -m flag to create a home directory for users was pretty standard, but now ...
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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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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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Open program as root, close root session but still program is running

When I run my backup script, first I switch to root, mount a truecrypt partition and then run the script. I've noticed that after run truecrypt as root, I can exit the root session and truecrypt ...
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User systemd PulseAudio service

Not much else to this question: I would like to know what I need to create a PulseAudio systemd service to be run with systemd --user. I've tried a few different things, including various user ...
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how to keep file owner same for newly created files

This question is regarding samba file access. I have created a folder A, and under folder A created two folders B and C. And also created three users A, B and C. User A has access to all three ...
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Adding a user to a group by default

I have a group that all users on the system share. The group name is common and it is to allow for a universal fileshare for everyone on the machine. How would I make it so that all new users are ...
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Which home directory should 'nobody' have?

I'm messing around with Tiger security audits on my CentOS box, ensuring the server is fit for being online, well as close as it can get anyway. I noticed a warning about the user nobody having / as ...
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Username conflicts on a central printer queue

We have just switched to a centralized print queue. The printer is setup with lpadmin -p SPScolour -E -D "Sustainable Print Colour" -v lpd://xxx.yyy.com/colour The IT people are saying my local ...
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Changing username but not home directory

Is it a bad idea to do usermod -l login-name old-name to change my username while leaving my home directory name intact? A few years ago my university changed my username, but since it didn't affect ...
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Is it possible to “hide” an account from /etc/passwd?

A typical Linux system has not only accounts for the actual user(s) of the system, but also various system accounts. Is there any file like /etc/passwd for daemons, or other means resources where an ...
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How to open a program as another user inside a logged display?

I'm trying to open netbeans as a different user, but isn't working. I'm running a Kubuntu 12.04 LTS with KDE. And I tried the following: Open a terminal, type su - myotheruser, type the myotheruser ...
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How to retrieve information about locked accounts

Is it possible to retrieve info regarding to locked unix accouts? I am interested in seeing information about what date and time the lockout happend and from what hostname (pc name). I would like to ...
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Which user owns X display?

How to determine, as root, which user owns X display :0? (on a Fedora 18 system with defaults)
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bash script - supervisor program

I have to write a shell-script that have to do the following tasks: -in every 5 seconds it saves:     -how many users are using joe and/or vi;     -if ...
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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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How to grant non-root user access to device files

I have device file that appears in /dev when a specific board is plugged in. The read and write operations to it work just fine, but in order to open the device file the program needs to be executed ...
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FreeBSD telnet does not take root login

I have just installed FreeBSD 8.1 as a VMWare host and can establish ipv4 connectivity to the instance and telnet through the virtual console. I have also uncommented the /etc/inetd.conf lines telnet ...
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Add a new user steps for Oracle Linux 5

It's been over 10 years since I last used RedHat (which I believe that Oracle Linux came from). So I cannot remember the steps to create a new user, add them to the appropriate groups, set up their ...
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Unable to preserve ownership in a copy but able with a move?

I have noticed that I am unable to preserve ownership if I rsync -o files. However, I am when I move them. This is all without admin privileges. What is the rationale of this? Several threads e.g. ...
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Fully seperate two accounts without installing seperate operating systems?

Our class is finally installing Mint Linux on our machines. The problem is our teacher is scared that we'll play war games against the two classes that use the computers. His solution is to install ...
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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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How to set permissions in /sys/ permanent?

I'm starting X as a user and need to set my keyboard brightness in /sys/class/leds/asus\:\:kbd_backlight/brightness. The /sys/ directory gets recreated after reboot, so the permissions will reset too. ...
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Create a browser only session (Ubuntu) [duplicate]

I was recently in a Virgin media shop and was interested to see that they had laptops running Ubuntu for customers to browse the web on. The setup itself was interesting and I'm wondering if anyone ...
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Why useradd shows Permission denied error

I am working on CentOS 5.5. When I run the useradd command as root, then its working. But when I run the same command from one of the user, then it shows -bash: /usr/sbin/useradd: Permission ...
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Is running programs as another user useful?

After watching a talk by Douglas Crockford on security where he talks about how browsers got the right answer to the question "Who's interest does the program represent?", I wondered if it was ...
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Allow all group members to create directories and files

There are 2 users sftp_user apache Both users belong to the updaters group as well as other groups. New directories and files are created in the /updates/ directory. drwxrwsr-x 8 sftp updaters ...
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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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understanding how to run script securely as limited user

I'm a long time dev but linux newbie. I've been building this (http://tryperl.com) to learn linux. So, my question is just about some *nix stuff I don't fully grok. One of the things I want to do is ...
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Getting a list of users by grepping /etc/passwd

For a homework assignment, I need to use grep to parse /etc/passwd and get a list of all users (their usernames only, nothing else). It should use a pipe, and the results should end up in the allusers ...
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Creating a Safe Web Server

Web server hosts multiple websites. Multiple users update each website. User home directory /home/user1 /home/user2 Web directory /var/www/site1 /var/www/site2 Each user uses SFTP to upload ...
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Is there a way to find out how many instances of the root user are logged into a Linux machine?

We have a handful of users that login to our Linux virtual machine as root either through the vSphere client or through SSH and I want to see if there is a way to tell if multiple root users are ...
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What is the source of truth for currently active tty/pts connections?

I'm looking for a simple way to determine the number of currently logged in users, using only the filesystem and basic bash functions (instead of using binaries). The uptime binary appears to be ...
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Buildroot: Unknown own user

I crated an image with buildroot. Everything went smooth. When I untarred the bz2 image in vmware and tried to boot into it then I observed an issue, in which, system is unable to recognize any user, ...
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User-friendly command to list all users on Ubuntu system?

Is there a user-friendly command I can use to list users in a console on an Ubuntu system? When I cat /etc/passwd I get a hard-to-read list of users. It would be nice to see an alphabetized list, ...