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Ubuntu: limiting user account only to access his home dir

I just created new user account, but the new user is able to access all the directories structure (including other's home directories). I'd like to limit the user to access ONLY his home directory ...
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Hide user from login screen without deactivating it

I have several network shares and created user accounts for the people who want to access them on my computer, so I can give every user different access rights. My only problem is, these users are ...
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How can I work out which user is currently logged into a Windows 7 machine?

I have a machine running Windows 7 which I set up a long time ago to autmatically log into windows. That's still working fine, but how can I work out the username of the currently logged in user when ...
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Can I make fast user switching in Windows 7 show a list of users?

Is there a way to "emulate" the fast user switching behaviour of Mac OS on Windows? I'm already aware of the WIN+L shortcut, but is there a way to have Windows list the users and allowing one to ...
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Windows - My profile will not load correctly

Every time I turn on my computer it says that it's creating a new desktop even though all of my files are still there under my user account. I get this message every time I turn my computer on " you ...
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How can I find out which user logged in as root?

We have a couple of servers which are managed by a large group of admins. They usually log in as service users (say hudson) and then switch to root to make some small fix. This means we often can't ...
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Vim - how do I map tabedit command to enable cycling through file names?

I use the command :tabe **/<file-name-pattern> all the time to open files in the current directory and subdirs in a new tab in vim. The command enables toggling through similar file names until ...
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How can I equate the same user on different Windows 7 machines within a home group?

Here's my scenario. In our home I have a desktop and a laptop, my wife has a laptop and my two sons each have a desktop. All these machines run Windows 7. I can set up shares on either of my machines ...
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Great ID-Ten-T Errors [closed]

Working at a help desk for a school I've gotten to see some rather classic Tech Support problems: Prof: The projector isn't working. My self: Is the computer turned on? Prof: Hey! It ...
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How can I set up a policy on Windows XP to logout all users at midnight?

Sometimes the kids are on the computer too late and rather than yelling at them I want the computer to help me out. I already have a separate user set up so they don't have admin access to the ...
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Skype status always appears offline for one user

I have one Skype contact who always appears to be offline, even when he's online. We've chatted regularly over Skype for years without any issues, except for the fact that he always appears to be ...
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How can I create an SSH user who only has permission to access specific folders in Ubuntu?

I installed SSH, but I found if I use my original account to login to Ubuntu, it has too many permissions. I want to constrain the user to only have permissions for specific folders in Ubuntu. How ...
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LAMP: How do I set up http://myservername.com/~user access?

Been trying to Google this, but I can't figure out good search terms to find any info about what I need, since I don't really know what it's called. I'm pretty much being thrown to the wolves to ...
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User account that is not allowed to edit one file on Ubuntu

I wanted to ask if it is possible to create a user account on Ubuntu so that it had all powers and rights of root account except it would be impossible to edit a certain file. What I intend to do is ...
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How to get rid of superuser`s password?

My father put a new superuser password on my laptop, and now i cant access my computer without him putting the password in. I am really helpless. How can i get rid of his superuser control? Can i ...
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Switch User in RedHat like XP

In our cluster, RedHat4 & 5 machines, if someone locks the computer and walks away no body can use it. Is there a feature in RedHat5, Gnome, KDE etc that would allow for the option of switching ...
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howto install firefox + dependencies on debian without root privileges

I have a problem installing Firefox without root privileges. Mozilla says the following: Firefox will not run at all without the following libraries or packages: * GTK+ 2.10 or higher * GLib 2.12 ...
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*nix: Run as different user GUI

I want to run an application using only GUI as a different user. Not root. I want the user to be presented with a dropdown of system users, select one, enter the password, and the app gets run as ...
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Git version control with multiple users

i am a little bit lost with this issue, let me explain you my problem: I want to setup a git repository, three of four users will contribute, so they need to download the code and shall be able to ...
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Why is the reported user “root” when a “normal user” executes “ps ux” on OS X? Is this normal behaviour?

I am running OS X 10.6.1 . When i am logged in as a normal user of group staff and do a ps ux it lists my ps ux command as being run by root: snies 181 0.0 0.3 2774328 12500 ?? S ...
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How do you manage the user groups that users are assoicated to in Mac OS X?

How do I add/remove users to user groups on Mac OS X 10.5? Like 'bonic_master' for instance.. and out of curiosity how do I create a user group?
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Ubuntu, user can't write to a directory and I don't see why not

I've got a directory, /var/www/someProject/backup/mysql, and I want the user mysql to write to it. Each time I try to write to it with the mysql user, I get a "can't read/write" error. Yet the ...
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How do I let user 'Y' write in folder 'A' only when executing script 'X'?

How do I let user Y write in folder A only when executing script X?
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From the Active Directory Snap-In, how can I find the GUID for a user?

How ca I view the GUID associated with an Active Directory user under windows 7?
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Remote Desktop to a user while still logged on

Is there a way to connect remotely to another user while there is a user still on the same PC. So one PC with users and both of them logged in at the same time, one locally and one remotely? Sorry i ...
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Run part of a bash script as a different user

Is there a way to make part of a script run as a different (non-root) user? If it helps , the part to be run as a different user occurs at the end of the script Edit : OS -> Ubuntu 9.04
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Create a hidden Admin account on Windows Vista

My parents are computer illiterate in a big way. They each have separate accounts on a Windows Vista machine using the welcome screen. I want to create a hidden Administrator account I can use to ...
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How can I create a user with read-only access to all files? (ie root without writing permissions)

For backing up my server, I would like to remotely access it via SSH. To minimize all risks, it want to user a user who only has read access, but to all files, just like root. However, he shouldn't ...
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How to determine logged on user in Windows XP?

What's the easiest way to determine the logged on user in Windows XP (without loading any support tools)? I'm looking for something similar to the 'whoami' command but for Windows. I need something ...
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How to recover Ubuntu user password

A while ago I've installed Ubuntu as a second OS on my laptop, just to try out Linux. I have created one user & gave it admin privileges. Haven't touched it for a while, and, of course, forgot ...
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Windows Vista Login results in Clean Profile

recently whenever I login to my 10-month old account on Windows Vista the desktop launches brand new. As if the account was created 10 seconds before. The user account picture and desktop picture is ...
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To change $USER in OS X's terminal

I would like an other way to change my current user than by GUI. It would be great that if you can change the user as fast as you can your login shell by chsh. How can you change the user in OS X's ...