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Old 07-01-2008, 01:08 PM   #1
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Defining home directory of a newly created user??

I'm following directions from:

and after creating a user with the useradd command I have to define a home directory of /opt/pgsql/

How do I do this?

Old 07-01-2008, 01:29 PM   #2
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adduser command ask to you for the home directory of your new user.
Old 07-01-2008, 01:44 PM   #3
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I don't remember there being an opportunity for that...

How do I define a home directory of a user, if not given the opportunity at first?
Old 07-01-2008, 02:13 PM   #4
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useradd -d custom_home_dir_path username
would link the user and intended home directory at the time of the user account creation...

usermod could help if you don't want to/can't delete and recreate the new user account.

usermod -d new_home_dir_path existing_username
would change it, I think.

Perhaps one better:

usermod -d -m new_home_dir_path existing_username
should both change the user home directory assignment _and_ move the current/old home directory contents for the user to the new location.
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