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Old 02-25-2009, 06:59 AM   #1
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i am not a user

Hey, so im trying to get usb devices to work in virtual box.

did some searching and found this which will probably work.

problem is, when i go into System>Administration>Users & Groups only the root user shows up. As if my username doesnt exist. It could be because of the funny way i moved my home drive from one partition to another, or something.

but either way, i cant complete the rest of the instructions untill my username shows up on there.

Im running Ubuntu 8.10, and everything else works fine. I log in, i log out no problem. Oh, and there is only one user - me.

How do i solve this?


Old 02-26-2009, 09:10 AM   #2
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Check the /etc/passwd file to see if your user setting is really contained.

Also list the contents of some directory owned by your user with ls -l and see if the username and group is diplayed correctly. If you see numbers instead of the username and group, then the system doesn't associate those files with any of it's current UNIX accounts.


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Old 02-26-2009, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hi, there is a line like this in /etc/passwd

user:x:501:501:Real Name,,,:/home/user:/bin/bash

with the correct user name and Real name in it

and ls -l does say that i own the folders.

like i say, ive never met another problem saying there isnt a user, only i am not listed in the users and groups thing. There is a group named after me, but nobody is a member of it, and i cant add myself to it.



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