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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 ...
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How to get the group that a user belongs to in SCO

I can see how to add a user, but is there a way to get information on a user, such as the group that it belongs to?
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Reverse id command, I want the User/Group Name from the uid or gid

I know some uid and gids that I dont know who they belong to and they are not in /etc/passwd (could be LDAP or from another system). How do I get Id info from only uid or gid preferably without using ...
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Samba shares - Cannot access with users

I have installed a Samba server on Ubuntu Server 12.04 so I can store files there from my desktop or laptop or whatever. /etc/samba/smb.conf: #======================= Global Settings ...
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How to control the time that users spend on

I need a solution that allows me to control the time that each user spend on the computer, excluding idle time (some kind of parental control). I've tried timekpr, but it doesn't work on Ubuntu 13.10. ...
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How do daemons work?

If a user wants to execute a command, he has to first log in into a system. But some users in the system have /bin/false or /sbin/nologin set as a default shell in the /etc/password file. If I change ...
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The other users: avahi, root, syslog, messagebus,, nobody, ntp, rtkit and whoopsie

What are all these other users (found them with top) when running Ubuntu: avahi, root, syslog, messagebus, nobody, ntp, rtkit and whoopsie. I am aware that whoopsie, for example, is for reporting ...
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How do I change login shell to nologin for an LDAP user RHEL 6?

yum install ypchsh and yum install ldapmodify both don't find a package. I only want to change the shell for certain ldap users on this one server. Someone please help, I can't seem to figure this ...
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Local mail delivery not working

We are using RHEL 6.1 server. We need to send a mail from server to local domain (tcs.com). we are using mail command for this purpose. [bsoauser@hsluabsoa ~]$ echo "hi" | mail -s "test" ...
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How to change file owner in AIX?

How can I change a owner of a file in AIX? I created a file using my personal account and then I tried to change user for this file: chown rootuser myfile.csv chown: myfile.csv: Operation not ...
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Configure external HDD for use with multiple linux PCs

I've got an external drive, and I'd like to have a linux partition on it. I formatted everything correctly on one machine with Fedora20 (I have one ntfs and one ext4 partition), but when I plug it in ...
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How to properly setup user/groups/permissions for a web server?

I spent all day figuring this out, but without success, so hopefully I can get some help here: I have Ubuntu 13.10 VPS server with nginx, PHP 5 and MariaDB installed. I created custom system user ...
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Why can my gentoo systemd installation only execute files as root?

If I try to login as any other user, via su it says 'permission denied'. If I use su -l it says 'canot cd to /home/<user>'. Logging in via the tty just kicks anyone without a message out except ...
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How to make a Torrent client keep the same torrent data for multiple users?

I'm running Linux Mint with two user accounts. One account has admin priviliges while another is a normal account. If I start a torrent download in admin account I want that to continue even in the ...
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Whta does '\+::::::/bin/bash' in /etc/passwd mean?

Found the line \+::::::/bin/bash in my /etc/passwd, which looks strange to me. What does that mean? Has my computer been hacked?
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Gives access to root user for a period of time

I want to know if it's possible to give access to root user for one week or a month, for example. It's possible to increase the period of time before the defined period ends? Is it possible to give ...
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Concern about logging in as root overrated?

For personal linux on my personal notebooks, I've usually set my environment to autologin as root even under X or lower runlevels. I've found my workflow is very pleasant and fast, without any ...
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Granting permission for all users in a group to write to a directory and all its subdirectories

Trying out Linode for the first time, running an Arch Linux image, I successfully installed nginx as root. This, however, made /usr/share/nginx/html inaccessible to non-root users. Intuitively, I ...
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How to determine what user was used to start Apache Tomcat last (or last few times)

On a Mac, or a Linux Tomcat install, how do I determine what user was used last to start Tomcat? Is there information in the logs somewhere to that effect? Assume that startup.sh and shutdown.sh are ...
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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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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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Restrict emails to system users in postfix?

I am running postfix, and it seems it is willing to accept emails for system users, such as man, sshd, daemon, www-data, ... Is desirable (probably not)? and what I can do to disable this?
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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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Owner of init and xterm

I don't understand what is owner of process. Owner of bash is me. Then who is owner of init and xterm? I searched on google but I can't find.
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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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Create a computer lab using Linux [closed]

I would like to know, how I can create my own Linux lab, like the universities Linux labs. I mean OK, I can install for example Fedora to all my 4 PCs, but how I can login from different computers, ...
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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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Passwords for newly created users?

I am fairly new to Linux and I have question regarding users. When I use the useradd command I don't specify a password. I must use the passwd command afterwards. Does this mean that the user is ...
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restrict student account permissions, give faculty access

I have set up two user groups, students and faculty on Ubuntu 12.04 and created a number of students and faculty accounts. The problem is a student can currently see & read all of the files of a ...
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How to change user name

I somehow changed my prompt (PS1) from [mpatil@localhost ~]$ to bash-4.1$. I also have changed my user mpatil's home directory from /home/mpatil to /home/algo. Now some applications are not working ...
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How to find from what computer I connected to a current server

I often work on one of available to me Linux/HP-UX servers (let's say it is server1) and then do ssh server2 ((let's say it is server2)) and start working on another Linux/HP-UX server. Then I can ...
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What are the dangers of creating a normal user with UID < 500?

What are the dangers of creating a normal user with UID < 500? Assuming the UID's are not duplicates of existing UID's, what could go wrong? This is not something that I want to do, but something ...
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deleted user is still an option in gnome login in Debian 6

I'm running Debian 6.0.8. I misnamed the original username I wanted, so I made a new user with the proper username. On the gnome log on screen, I see two users of the same name (the login screen ...
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Setting default username and group for files in directory

Using this helpful post I am able to set a default group and file permissions in a folder. I'm having trouble setting a default owner (teamlead uid 1234). setfacl -d -m g::rwx /my/test/folder ...
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New user with root access in Linux Debian

I've created a new user by using "User Accounts" in "System Settings". How do I grant rights so that this new user can have the same level of access as root?
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Shell Script for collecting user login dates

I'm having trouble making a shell script that will make a list of all the dates when users log in. I want the most recent entries to be on the top (because I know if you just use date >> ...
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In /etc/group what is the meaning of the second field?

A sample /etc/group file contains the following entries: root:*:0: adm:!:4:logcheck antoine:x:1000: The man pages I've read (Debian & OSX) says the second field is to store a group password. ...
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talkd doesn't print a message

I wanted to use talk with my brother (we both have Debian jessie). So i installed inetutils-inetd, inetutils-talk, and inetutils-talkd. Now i wanted to try wether it works. So i created a testuser ...
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How to check where users come from? [duplicate]

w command displays useful information about where users come from and what are they doing. A example of its output is: ~ $ w -V procps version 3.2.8 ~ $ w 13:53:14 up 164 days, 3:12, 5 users, ...
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Why do I see myself twice when I run the who command? [duplicate]

When I run who on my ubuntu laptop I see myself listed twice. Once with pts/0 and once with pts/2. Why is that?
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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 ...