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Old 11-18-2014, 10:35 AM   #1
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Terminal newuser and backup

Hello, I am hoping my question doesn't come off too cross or ostentatious.

I've always been a meddler in computers, but at 35 I decided to go back to college for a degree in computer science. Hoping for particular skill sets I was a little disappointed in finding things like basic coursework in linux wasn't required. I don't know anything about linux except to see it rising in the work place.

So, taking my own initiative I found my campus offered an online course on intro to linux. Cool. Some place to start. I was hoping a lot of instruction on terminal and and such. And there has been, but the class too has bee a bit disappointing. It's just not what I expected so maybe the disappointment is a bit unfair.

Anyway, the assignments have been straight forward, heck, it was 3 weeks just making sure everyone had some version installed some way on their home box.

Then the last assignment suddenly got crazy. It was set up an ftp server and Samba and pipe the instructor the results. I had no idea how to do it.

This assignment:
-Using useradd make a new user
-"Tail" the passsword file to make sure new user is displayed
-set user comments
-use touch command to make a new folder for the user's home folder
-use tar command to backup that new user's file

I admit I am lost. I definitely haven't taken as much linux away from this class as I had hoped, but I am hoping for some grace here.

Thanks to anyone who can lend a hand.
Old 11-19-2014, 03:23 AM   #2
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useradd, tail, touch and tar are all standard command line commands/programs. Please try to do some research on each of those commands. The password file is actually /etc/passwd. Please feel free to post back if you get stuck on any particular point.

Old 11-19-2014, 11:46 PM   #3
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If you want to learn Linux the proper way, try and stay away from the GUI and stay in an terminal emulator as long as you can.

Run "man <command>", like "man tail" or "man useradd", etc to to learn more about the commands.

For user comments check out the usermod command so "man usermod".

Learn about the commands using man to see the man pages. Then if you have further questions, post them here.


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