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Old 05-08-2017, 02:01 AM   #1
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Creating a new user with other existing home directory is it possible?


Creating a new user with other user existing home directory is it possible?
 
Old 05-08-2017, 02:04 AM   #2
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If I understand your question correctly, you want to create a new user, but you want to use an existing home directory.

Assuming you want to create user foo but use /home/bar as home directory:

Code:
# useradd --no-create-home --home-dir /home/bar foo
Done.

You may have to adjust the permissions for /home/bar accordingly.
 
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:28 AM   #3
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You provide very little information. It would be nice to know your goal(s).

I suppose what you may be asking is if the new user can be configured to use the homedir of an existing user. I would not attempt to do it, but I submit a heavily qualified yes to what I believe the question to be. The qualifications are that some special configuration would be required, and that these special configurations might not be respected by some applications, leading to especially to write failures, but also to occasional read failures, after switching between users. Both users would have to share the same default group, and directory and file permissions would need to include group rw where normally they would only be read or none. Default umask of 022 would need to be changed to 002 for both. ACLs would most likely need custom configuration too.

If what you want only amounts to a switch, meaning discontinuing use of the original user, and creating a new user to use the homedir of the old user, then, yes, with reduced qualifications. Easier would probably be to change the login name and password on the original account.
 
Old 05-08-2017, 02:51 AM   #4
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Hi Mr Mazda,

Thanks for quick response and from next time ill provide complete information about the Thread.
 
  


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