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Old 05-30-2014, 11:40 PM   #1
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Removing Mysterious Extraneous Account in Ubuntu 12.04

A mysterious extraneous account has just appeared in my Ubuntu 12.04 machine and I would like to remove it. I've also updated the system tonight. Now a red line in the extreme upper right-hand pull-down menu constantly reminds me to Restart to Complete the Updates. But I've restarted the system several times.

Any help will be much appreciated.

Old 05-31-2014, 01:57 AM   #2
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well what did you remove ????

those "users" tend to be background Daemons
and so on ....
Old 05-31-2014, 10:36 AM   #3
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I did not remove anything and thank you very much for your kind response. I was able to deactivate the guest account after I luckily managed to switch back to my own account to solve the problem by issuing the following commands (in blue).

1.Edit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf.
gksudo gedit /etc/lightdm/lightdm.conf

Then add to the file the following line:

2.Exit and save file.

3.Restart lightdm.
sudo restart lightdm

Looking back I now realize that since my restarts were initiated from the guest account, they had no system-wide meaning. I should have shut down the system before restarting to effectively complete the update installation. Now everything is back to normal.


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