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Old 02-04-2005, 02:34 PM   #1
Registered: Jun 2004
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creating a guest account

i want to make a guest login but im not sure how to go about it. So far i have a passwordless login and the user belongs to video uucp users audio and dialout. im not sure what all of those really mean. i want them to be able to watch moives and listen to music but not view any root stuff or things of other users. any ideas on how i can do this?
Old 02-04-2005, 02:52 PM   #2
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If the permission of your home directory is set to XX0, then no one but the owner will be able to access it, so that is no worry. No one but the super user can execute root commands so that's no worry either.

Read up on permissions and read up on unmask and all will become clear.

What do you mean 'root's stuff'? You don't log in as root do you? That is a no no. You should have a regular user account and only su to root when you need to do something, then exit. There are probably no good reasons to completely log in as root--but, if you think of one I wouldn't be hooked to the internets while you are in there.

Oh, FYI root can do whatever they damn well feel like, so there is no hiding from root. It is called super user for a reason.
Old 02-04-2005, 03:33 PM   #3
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thanks ill do some reading... and no i dont log on as root. what i meant was the guest currently can view root stuff as in read only. but i dont even want that. no read write or exec.


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