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Old 02-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #1
lazylogic
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Unable to reinstall same user profile in Ubuntu


I am trying out Ubuntu 8.10 and had installed /home in a separate partition. 4 users were created.

After many days of messing around, noticed that I've installed/removed to much things and wanted to start all over again as a new installation.

Reinstalled Ubuntu 8.10 but was unable to create the user profiles using the previous user profile settings that were in the /home partition.

Error message :
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Home directory already exist
Please enter a different home directory path
Remembered that I was able to do the same in Debian


Where did I do wrong?
 
Old 02-12-2009, 05:40 PM   #2
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Try moving your /home/<user> to /home/user.old then try and recreate the user.
 
Old 02-12-2009, 05:53 PM   #3
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Try moving your /home/<user> to /home/user.old then try and recreate the user.
The intent is to use the old settings/customization. Creating a new profile is possible but defeats the purpose

Or is there a way to shift the old profile aside and shift it back to replace to new profile when created?
 
Old 02-12-2009, 06:09 PM   #4
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well you could manually edit the etc passwd file and add the users there. Then do a passwd to add their password to the shadow file.
 
  


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