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Old 02-28-2007, 07:08 AM   #1
soldan
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new user account


hello, ive been logging into my linux system as root and i realise the dangers of this, so i would like to now create a new user account (which i know how to do), and transfer roots home folder with all the program configuration files i have been using, to the new account, but i wonder if this is safe?. if it is safe, how would i change the permissions for the whole folder and its contents from root to the new user account?
 
Old 02-28-2007, 07:55 AM   #2
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I think it should work, but I would start fresh if I was you.

1 - cd to your /root and do a "ls -a" there. This will show you all your hidden folders/files. Linux usually uses hidden files (starting with a ".") to store configuration files.

2 - once you decided which files are important to "transfer" to your new account, use the cp command. I assume you are familiar with it.

3 - last, change the owner for all your home files. example: "chown -R soldan /home/soldan/*.". This assumes that your new user is called soldan. The "-R" flag will make sure that all directories and subdirectories are also changed.

I hope this helps.

Regards!

Last edited by Mega Man X; 02-28-2007 at 07:58 AM.
 
Old 02-28-2007, 02:11 PM   #3
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Mega, i think i may just copy over the fluxbox configuration files, and start fresh with everything else. thanks for your help
 
  


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