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Why are there many accounts? I'm the only user

I am running an Ubuntu 12.04 desktop system. So far I have only installed some programs (I have sudo rights). When I check the list of users on the system, I see a long list, like more than 20 ...
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Longest/shortest Username in linux

I'm trying to configure a script that displays all the users on the computer, the groups they belong to, and the shortest/longest usernames. I have the first part set up with the users and groups but ...
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Difference between adding sudo user with adduser or gpasswd

To add a new sudo user I believe I can call: # to create a new user sudo adduser newusername and to allow this user to use sudo I can do: sudo adduser newusername sudo or sudo gpasswd -a ...
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How to show all registred users and their groups with one command?

I was writing a test on basic Unix commands etc, and there was a question show all registered users and their groups with one command. At the same time I can't use getent command.
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Create guest account with restricted access to applications

I'm trying to create a guest account in arch linux that only allows the user to use simple applications like firefox. I do not want them to have access to programs like terminal or grub-customizer ...
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Where do I put my web services? [closed]

I'm administrating my server since a few year but I'm looking for good practice like: What is the best place web service like my wordpress website files? My etherpad-lite instance? Which user shall ...
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When does the “/mnt/username_home_dir” appear?

The problem I have to solve requires the access to the /mnt/username_home_dir directory, but there is no such directory present, despite me creating a user and auto-creation of his /home/username ...
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vsftp user authentication problems

I configured my ftp user's home dir to /var/www and set a password but I cannot login with ftp 127.0.0.1, it keep giving me 530 Login incorrect. Why is this? I'm sure I have typed the password right. ...
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How to limit the number of active logins per user?

How can I limit the number of active logins per user? I've seen this on various servers before, and I was wondering how I could set this up myself. Perhaps in those cases, this was accomplished by ...
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How to add a user to a group in FreeBSD

How can I add an existing user to a group in FreeBSD? The command usermod does not work.
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When running 'su - username', pam_group doesn't add additional groups from /etc/security/group.conf but sshd login does?

I am having trouble determining why su doesn't behave as the PAM configuration would imply. In short, using su to become another user should load secondary groups according to PAM configuration, but ...
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Unable to su into an account: could not open session

in my Linux machine - red-hat I successfully to login to different users as the following su - userC [machine@Linux ~]$ pwd [machine@Linux ~]$ /Users/userC but only in one user I get the ...
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Is there a way to show the history of the commands used in the shell?

If my Linux installation has three registered user accounts, is possible to check the history of the commands introduced by each one, and how?
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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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Is there some default password for a new user in Linux?

I am a Windows user gradually moving towards Linux. In Windows we have an option of either having or not having some password for a user. Once we do not put a password we can directly log in to the ...
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how to view failed login attempts?

I tried to view failed user login attempts since a specific time. But all methods I found by searching the internet does not work. I am using openSUSE 13.2. journalctl -a --no-pager ...
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How can I determine if someone's SSH key contains an empty passphrase?

Some of my Linux & FreeBSD systems have dozens of users. Staff will use these "ssh gateway" nodes to SSH into other internal servers. We're concerned that some of these people use an unencrypted ...
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Disable user shell for security reasons

We have several user accounts that we create for automated tasks that require fine-grained permissions, such as file transfer across systems, monitoring, etc. How do we lock down these user accounts ...
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Prompting for a password on sudo?

I'm creating users using Puppet. Here's the gist of what I'm doing in Puppet: user { 'ntkay': name => 'ntkay', uid => 10000, home => '/home/ntkay', managehome => true, ...
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smbpasswd failed for new Samba install on fresh Ubuntu 11.04

I've installed Samba on a fresh Ubuntu install. I run the command sudo smbpasswd -a someuser New SMB password: Retype new SMB password: Failed to add entry for user someuser. I've read that you ...
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Allow user1 to “su - user2” without password

I need to allow user martin to switch to user martin-test without password su - martin-test I think this can be configured in /etc/pam.d/su. There are already some lines in that file which can be ...
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Catch/diagnose user process being killed - Inexplicably logged out automatically

Context: I'm using bash in Mac OSX Yosemite. Problem: I'm executing a (python) script that I expect to use alot of resources and take a few hours to run, redirecting stdout and stderr to a log file. ...
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rsync doesn't preserve directory ownership even with -a

I use this rsync invocation to backup my home directory: rsync -aARrx --info= --force --delete --info=progress2 -F "$USER_HOME" "$BACKUP_MNTPOINT" rsync man page says that -a implies -g and -o ...
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Prevent autologin to the admin account

I am a new user of Linux. I have both window 7 and Ubuntu 14.04. For my family and friends, I make Guest account but when I restart my laptop and operates with Windows 7 then options are comes for ...
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Any concerns with using high UID numbers (3000+) on RHEL5+?

The legacy systems has UID numbers up until the low 2000s. In implementing a new user management system, I am looking into options to avoid UID collisions. One option is to just have a list of UIDs ...
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dialout group missing

I have debian8, (Jessie) and I am trying to add a user to the dialout group. Alas, that group doesn't exist. I would prefer not to add the user to the root or sudo group. what should I do? ~$ ...
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Why am I seeing a number as owner / group instead a name?

CentOS 6.x / OpenVZ Recently my VPS provider moved my OpenVZ container to a new server. After that move, I've noticed that files/directories for one of my user accounts show an odd owner / group. ...
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Print 25 usernames on the system starting in reverse alphabetic order. Print only the usernames,

how to Print 25 usernames on the system starting in reverse alphabetic order. Print only the usernames, nothing else. You should get the information from the /etc/passwd file.? in UNIX Command
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How to Find the number of password entries that are on the server? in unix [closed]

Find the number of password entries that are on the server? in UNIX
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How can I start a 'screen' session as non-root user

Is there a way I can open a new 'screen' session on my RHEL box as a non-root user? When I try to open a new screen using the 'screen' command as a non-root user, it fails and I get the following ...
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How does one permissibly access files on non-booted system's user's home folder?

I have a dual boot system with Mint 17.1 and Centos 6.6 I want to access a file in my CentOS user's home directory from Mint. (I cannot boot CentOS right now.) What is a clean/standard method for ...
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What's a good setup for a web server with limited developer accounts?

If possible, I want to avoid giving root access to developers. What would be the best directory/user/permission setup to make sure they can access the web server directories, but nothing else? Should ...
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Linux Create user with specials login options

Hello i need create some users with special privilegies that will be: A user that can only login with ssh, no local, it can do anything in pc search, find, etc like a normal user but only with ssh. ...
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Is there any way of knowing who [including remote users] can access a paticular file / folder?

In Windows you could enter file properties and see which users have an access to a patricular files. [Including remote users / groups that are part of your domain] In unix when you enter properties ...
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How to delete remaining files of removed user?

I know deleting user with userdel username can cause information leakage and other security issues (as tutorial book says, administrator should delete user with -r option). But i tried it to see what ...
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User created with different UID and GID

I'm creating a new user in my system, by calling: sudo useradd -m -G nas -s /bin/bash alf which supposedly should create a new user with the same UID and GID. However the passwd file is appended ...
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What are the default openSUSE 13.1 user groups?

I just installed openSUSE 13.1, and I can't even start X on boot. I have to switch to another tty and type startx (after I set suid for xorg). On top of this, I can barely do anything without root ...
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how to list users in a group and their passwords

How do I view a list of users in a specific group and their passwords or attributes? I know to use cut -d: -f1 /etc/passwd But this only lists users.
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which command will give complete user creation in RHEL?

I want to create a user in RHEL 6.5 and i have three commands (1)useradd (2)adduser (3)system-config-users which one will give the complete user creation.
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Is it possible to register “virtual” user/group IDs in a Linux system?

Is there a standardized mechanism in Linux which can be used to tie usernames to user IDs without actually creating a system account that can log in? It would seem something like this is possible, ...
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How to give user access to specific folder in home directory

I'm trying to set up a 'deploy' user on my VPS (running CentOS 6 and cPanel) which needs to have access to a specific folder from another home directory: /home/nazeem/public_html/staging. I've ...
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Linux user ssh connection disabled after execution of setfacl command

I have very little linux administration experience, after searching a lot stuff online, finally I decided that I must hope that someone helps. The problem is, I needed to share an account with a ...
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How can I change a user's default group in Linux?

Being new to Linux administration, I'm a little confused about the following commands: useradd usermod groupadd groupmod I've just finished reading the user administration book in the Linux/Unix ...
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What is nobody nobody user and group?

On my server (Synology DS212) some files and folders have nobody nobody users and groups. What are the characteristics of this user and group? Who can write of read this file? How can I change it ? ...
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How to set up users, ownership and permissions across local and remote servers?

I've been learning the Linux OS over the last year or so and I am still very confused on how permissions vary from different configurations. I am trying to set up my local development environment and ...
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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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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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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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Restrict user access in linux

I'm creating a new user with the following details: useradd -d /var/www/html/testuser.com -G users testuser I proceed by creating a new password for the user and attempt to login via SSH, I land on ...