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Old 11-09-2005, 12:39 AM   #1
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Guest login on Linux?..

Is there an equivelant on Linux for the guest login they have on windows?.. Or a way to add a new user without logging in?... Thanks for any help in advance
Oh and im running Kubuntu, if that makes any difference =D

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Old 11-09-2005, 12:46 AM   #2
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No, you cannot add a new user without logging in, the only person who can add users is root or someone with the appropriate permissions, and since you need to login to become root......
If you want a guest account you will have to create one and add the appropriate permissions.

I am 99% sure I am correct although some one may come along and take my 1% uncertainty and make me eat it.

hope that helps

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Old 11-09-2005, 01:36 AM   #3
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You can an account called "guest" using the User Manager. You can make this account work without a password. This will enable people to just use guest as a username without a password and they have access to a guest area on your /home directory system.
BEWARE of the groups you put them in. If they in the "users" group and you have the "group" in your own home directory set to "users" then they will have the appropriate access to those files and directories.

-rw-rw-r-- 1 michael michael 0 Nov 9 07:35 access.list
drwxrwxr-x 3 michael users 4096 Nov 9 06:04 httpget

This means that a guest will be able to read and write to directry "httpget". If they are placed in the "users" group.
But they will not have acces to "access.list" as the group is set "michael"
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If I were going to set up a no-password guest account on my machine, I wouldn't call it "guest." Any script-kiddie on the planet will look for "guest." So how about, say, "gus?" Or "frisbee?" Or "pinochle?"

Make this an ordinary-joe user. The only things accessible to him are public things (which are read-only to him), stuff in his own private folder, and temporary files he made. Use the quota system to make sure he can't create unreasonably-large files. If you use ssh to provide access to your system from outside, put ol' gus into the list of users who cannot log-in that way.


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