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What's all those users in the /etc/passwd file?

The /etc/passwd is supposed to have a line for every user on the system. Amongst the common username and root there is a bunch of other users. Some examples: timidity:x:114:127:TiMidity++ MIDI ...
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Is there a way in Linux to update the user/group properties without having to login again?

After I edit /etc/group and I add a user to groups it didn't belong to, the user will not be able to use it's newly acquired privileges unless it starts a new session. Is there a command to refresh ...
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Why there are two users showing in uptime command results?

When I ran the uptime on my MacBookPro machine I got the following result: Last login: Thu Jun 3 14:43:40 on ttys000 Osama-Gamal-MBP-2:~ iOsama$ uptime 14:49 up 7 days, 20:10, 2 users, load ...
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What is the best answer for: “my Internet is not working”?

I look for work in IT Support. One of interview questions is: what would you first say if user call You and tell my Internet is not working? I think about it a lot and still don't know what is ...
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Why do some packages require their own user to run?

Why in SVN, Apache, and many other programs, does the admin have to create a new user just for the server to use?
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How do you explain more advanced computing concepts to a non super user? [closed]

I often have to explain computing concepts to non super users, and I often do it by relating computing concepts to real life situations. I wouldn't mind seeing how other super users do it, and some ...
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Why does my Linux prompt show a $, instead of the login name and path?

On one of my servers, the prompt is [user@host path]...and I can actually push "tab" to auto-fill the path. But on my new Ubuntu server, it is just a dollar sign?
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How to switch users without entering password

I'm a newbie running Ubuntu 9.10. I have two users (wife and me), and each user's screensaver is set to lock so that on wakeup, we get to choose which user's desktop to go to. However, Ubuntu requires ...
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Windows 8 - Moving Users Folder from SSD to HDD - “local volumes are required to complete the operation”, cannot complete system restore

I am trying to move C:\Users (SSD) to B:\Users (HDD) using the following tutorial on a clean install of Windows 8 -> upgraded to 8.1 straight away: ...
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Duplicating Linux-like user account permissions in Windows 7

I'd like to know what are the best practices for creating a limited user account in a Windows 7 system, much like the user environment in Linux, where you have the superuser and the other normal ...
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Cacls recursive wildcard

I have a user named foo and I want him to have only read permission over all files and folders in folder D:/bar Inside the folder I have a lot of folders and there are .dbf files scattered. I want ...
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How to open the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts or Groups

The only way I know how to open the Select Users, Computers, Service Accounts or Groups is by right clicking on a folder and selecting Properties -> Security Tab -> Edit -> Advanced. Below is a ...
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Linux username@server disappears after login as root

On my linux server I signed in as the root user to access some files: su root... After checking the files I went to sign back in as my main user su username. In my terminal window it now says server ...
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Windows 7 - no administrator account

Somehow in the last 24 hours my account has changed to a 'Guest account'. I am using Windows 7 Professional. The only application that I installed was GoToMeeting. I didn't notice anything ...
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Switching quickly between users in Windows 8

I use an Administrator account and a user account and keep switching between the two often. Is there any keyboard / mouse shortcut to switch quickly between the two users? Much better if it doesn't ...
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Create browser only session (Ubuntu)

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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Duplicate user account being created in Windows-8

Before I synced my Windows 8 Pro with Windows Live, the login screen displayed one user account that I created with my username. After sync, two accounts are being displayed, both with the same ...
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Linux groups for standard user

I have recently migrated to Slackware from Debian. I have done this for the purpose of learning, as such, I have a question. I have looked at the list of groups available on my system via less ...
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Haiku - change username from 'user' to something else?

Is it possible to change the default username in Haiku from user to something else? When setting-up pre-shared keys between my Haiku workstation and remote devices, it would be nice to be able to ...
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Is there an OpenOffice.org glossary for users?

OpenOffice.org>DevGuide>Glossary defines terms for developers. Is there an OpenOffice.org glossary for users with terms such as Macro and Template?
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Limit which local users may connect to X11 display

I have an X.org server running on my machine (Gentoo Linux without PAM, PolicyKit etc), incoming TCP connections are disabled with -nolisten tcp. Is it possible to establish a whitelist specifying ...
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I can't use a custom theme on a network account

I'm an administrator for the computer I use, but I'm using a network account. I can set custom themes (non-Microsoft, I mean) on my local account but not on the network account. It's the same machine, ...
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Can I see who checkouted or updated from a SVN repository?

is there a way to see a log where all updates and checkouts from a SVN repo are stored? I need to know which users are updating or checkouting the contents.
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Moving User folders from C drive to a new E drive then reinstall Windows 7 on the C drive

I know similar questions have been asked before, but I can't find one that addresses the Win7 reinstall. Also, I am not too tech savvy. There are five users (Me, wife and 3 sons) The PC is about 4yrs ...
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Can you delete all users but specified accounts in Ubuntu?

I am trying to find a way to quickly delete all user accounts except for the ones I specify in Ubuntu. Is there a good way of doing this? Perhaps a bash script that could do this function? I ...
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Setting Home Directory for newly added users

I'm writing a Powershell script to do a complete Windows 7 Build. I have a function that adds the users I need, but it does not set the Home Directory, which makes a later section of my script ...
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How to set up virtual users in vsftpd?

I've read this tutorial: http://howto.gumph.org/content/setup-virtual-users-and-directories-in-vsftpd/ My configuration is as follow: ---vsftpd.conf--- listen=YES anonymous_enable=NO ...
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Windows XP program crash boxes for any user are all shown to Administrators

I have an interesting problem with a Windows XP setup involving "users" with restricted access rights and "Administrators" with full system access. If a program crashes for a user, the standard crash ...
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Transferring extensions from one user to another in Chrome

I have a simple problem and I'm sure the answer is simple but I can't find anything on it... I Have successfully exported & imported about 25-30 extensions onto a new computer using my development ...
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How can I move NTUSER.DAT and the similar files? And yes, I know what they are

I am trying to migrate my Users files and Program Files from my C:\ Drive to my D:\ Drive. So far, I have dragged all the files over, and replaced all the junctions, but I am still left with those ...
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Which is the best solution for shared database meeting these requirements?

Which solution would you recommend which has: a relational database with a user interface access for 20-50 users potentially working in parallel user authentication log of changes customizable ...
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Deleting a Mac user account after logout

I am developing an image for a maclab, and I am running into an issue with Snow Leopard. We have set up the machines on active directory so network users can login, however after they logoff their ...
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Windows Users Management run command

What is the "run" command for Windows Users Management? the MMC console you change the local users password and create new users?
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Shell script to show online users

I know it's an amateur question. I need to write a Bash shell script which count how many users are online at the moment on the SSH server. I need to ignore multiple logins and show the username and ...
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Which options are required for a simple Linux user?

I am setting up a Samba server on Ubuntu and need to create users on the server. However I am not sure which options I need to set with useradd in order for the user to work. Does the samba user ...
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Mounting my HDD as my C:\Users breaks my accounts? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Mount second drive as c:/Users in Windows 7 I just finished my first build. I'm using a 60GB SSD for my programs and operating system. My goal is to mount my 500GB HDD ...
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Windows 8.1, Cannot relocate Users directory without windows failing to login properly

I'm trying to relocate my C:\Users\Me folder on my SSD to F:\Users\Me which resides on my HDD. So far I've tried two approaches. Registry Modifying the following registry keys in ...
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Cleaning out AD Roaming Profile Cache

I've been playing around with AD RPs after watching some videos and they mentioned that you end up with a lot of disk space being filled due to cache and files being copied over from the server where ...
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Immediate Disconnection from Remote Desktop

When I attempt to connect to my remote server, the response I get: This computer can't connect to the remote computer. Try connecting again. If the problem continues, contact the owner of the ...
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Remove a group or perhaps a user from ALL the files and folders under Win7

First, I screwed up and messed up the permissions and ownership for a lot, if not all, the folders and files on my laptop that are stored on a separate partition (drive E) from the OS (drive C). I ...
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Find available ids lower than 500 vis dscl

How can we write a script around dscl to loop over the currently listed IDs in use and then spit out the first id under 500 that is not in use yet? Update # 1 (Feb 17th 2013) I found some very ...
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Creating a Linux utility : users/groups/permissions best practice

I am creating a utility which will run on Linux machines. For the purposes of this discussion, let's say its analogous to make. Here's the deal : sometimes, when you run the utility, it creates files ...
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Parental control identifies unknown users on my PC

I've been using for a while a comprehensive security product for my PC (Kaspersky pure): The parental control pane is now listing three new users that I did not create (it's a home computer and I'm ...
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Sync Users over small home network

I have and run a small home business and I would like to setup my network better; I have to find a way to manage users across my 6 Windows laptops. They all have Windows 7 home/pro. Connected to a ...
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How to get user information Mac?

How would I get user information from a Mac such as user domain, etc. through a Terminal command? I've tried dscl as well as dscacheutil, but they don't really have what I'm looking for. I was ...
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Running a shell script in a web server as if it was interactive

I have a shell script (csh) - I didn't write it so I can't change it now. The script does a lot of parsing of log files, calls other scripts in languages like Perl and Tcl, creates new files and calls ...
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UNIX home folder permissions - no access for other users

I'm running a Linux server at home, and I did just have my own username (javawag) with a www folder inside it for my website. However, I've since added a subdomain for my friend, who now has his own ...
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Should I have duplicate root users in my Users directory?

I think I may have duplicate root users on my system. I changed directories to /Users, then ran ls -la -e I get this returned: total 0 drwxr-xr-x 5 root admin 170 Aug 31 2012 . drwxrwxr-t ...
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Problem with changing user to root

I tried to make my account root by editing etc/group: root:x:0:oneat daemon:x:1: bin:x:2: sys:x:3: adm:x:4:oneat ... But it didn't succeed. What can I do more?
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Prevent users from installing Windows Updates

This may belong on ServerFault, but Ill start here and if it gets moved, fine Im trying to find a solution that prevents users from installing Windows/Automatic Updates on their workstations/laptops. ...