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Old 05-03-2008, 10:37 AM   #1
Thomas Theimer
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Can Users share a home directory?

I want to have multiple users configured with the same home directory. But when I tried this with two logins, when the owner name for the directory did not match the login name I receive an error when attempting to log in - even when the group of the login ID matched the group name for the directory. Is such a configuration possible? (Ubuntu 8.02 server).

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You could have them share the home directory by putting them all in the same group and setting permissions to something like 770 so that both owner and group have access.

The question is what are you trying to achieve by having all users in a single home directory? The most common need for multiple users to have access to a single directory is because it is some sort of administrative user (e.g. the Oracle Admin user, oracle).

If so it would be better to give each user their own individual login and then setup sudo so they can do something "sudo su - oracle". In this way the admin user still owns all the files. You get the added benefit of knowing who last became that user because all the sudo access is logged.
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Just to reinforce a key point: What problem are you trying to solve?

If everyone uses the same directory:
Users cannot have their own settings.
Users can access each other's files.
e-mail is harder to manage.

...and more.
Old 05-03-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
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Received your response - went back to verify my configuration - found that I had defined an owner group improperly. Thanks for the prompt.

My intent for users sharing the same home directory is to set up individual FTP access only. Multiple users need access to the same web site source files. A little tweaking of FTP and it appears to be working!

Old 05-03-2008, 02:00 PM   #5
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pixellany - Hopefully the response I was writing to jlightner answers the question of purpose. I must have made misleading statements in my question, this is not for all users. It seems to be working as I need for giving FTP only access to a couple users. If there is a better way to approach this I am interested as it is all so new. (using proftpd)

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I was able to set my ftp up so that the files the users create are all owned by the same user, so permissions don't conflict. i'm using vsftpd but i'm sure there is a way to do it with proftpd.



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