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Old 02-22-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2006
Location: upstate NY
Distribution: fedora XFCE 24
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changing user name slight hangup


Today I switched my linux username and changed to /home/newname. I am doing this because it is not secure to broadcast your username to the world.

At this link:

I am wondering if there is a way to do it a little better for me.

You can either keep a symlink for backward compatibility, e g ln -s /home/newname /home/oldname or you can change the file contents with sed -i.bak 's/*oldname*/*newname*/g' *list of files* It creates a backup for each file with a .bak extension.
I tried to do a symlink.

It is not working exactly the way I had hoped. I may not understand it.

When I do the command ls -l I had to make an alias command with awk to parse out the user when i display it. That isn't a big deal but I noticed the oldname and newname are in the printout before filtering it with awk.

Also, my old home directory (the one that matches my /home/oldname is not deleted).

I can log in and the desktop looks fine. I indeed have a new /home/newname.

At one point can I delete the /home/oldname.

Is it okay that ls -l is picking up both usernames (new and old) in separate columns?

I wanted to bounce this off a more experienced user to see if there are some minor adjustments I can do to improve not having 2 home directories and if it is okay for ls -l to display both the old and new user name.


Old 02-22-2015, 08:15 PM   #2
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I just right clicked the old directory name and it isn't taking up space. I thought I had two exact copies of directories with different names.



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