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Old 11-19-2015, 03:46 PM   #1
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useradd on VPS

I'm trying to set up a user from root on a VPS i recently leased. I use:
useradd -m 'user'

This seems to work fine, the home dir is created and I can give the user a password. However, when I ssh via the user, the only prompt is a $. User seems to not open the shell. It seems to not find its home directory. For example, it recognizes 'ls -l' but not 'll'

When i 'sudo' I get message 'user is not in the sudoer file.'

I think my issue is bigger than just an entry in the sudoer file.

Any advice?


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Old 11-19-2015, 04:04 PM   #2
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There doesn't seems to be a problem.
$ is the default shell prompt.
ll is not a command. On most system it's an alias for ls -l, but that is not mandatory.
The user is not in the sudoers file, indeed.
What do you mean by "not find its home directory"? What do you get from echo $HOME and cd $HOME?

I believe this user simply has a very minimal profile. You can change this by:

setting the PS1 variable
setting up an alias for ll
Adding the user to /etc/sudoers

in your .bash_profile file.

Last edited by berndbausch; 11-19-2015 at 04:05 PM.
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exactly berndbausch! What i needed. arisbe


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