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Old 05-11-2004, 08:11 PM   #1
Registered: Mar 2004
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What's the rundown for managing users?

I'm not exactly too sure what I'm doing wrong here..

I start logged in as root.

# useradd -p passwd test  // makes user
# su colabus // logs in as "colabus"
# su test // while logged in as colabus, try log in under "test" as was just made.
Password: // entered in "passwd"
su: Authentication failure // pass is entered in fine, no caps or typing error
Sorry. // fails..
What am I doing wrong?

Also can someone give me the rundown with managing users?

1. Is there a way to list all users?
2. How can I restrict each users commands?
3. Can I list each users permissions?
4. Can I list group permissions?
5. Are all those other users, ftp, sshd, nobody, proxy important?

Thanks muchly
Old 05-11-2004, 08:24 PM   #2
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Not quite sure about xandros' error message with
the su, but if the user doesn't have a home (and
you obviously didn't give him one) or a shell (you
didn't give him that, either) he won't be able to

I'm only getting a Sorry, though, nothing about su
or authentication...



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