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Old 05-30-2003, 08:25 PM   #1
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installed everything as root.. now what

installed my system as root.. everything works (kde3, sound, eth0 etc.)

i created another user with 'kuser' with a home dir, a shell and all.. if i try a 'startx' when i'm logged in as the user.. then i'm not allowed access because of something to do with Xauthority and not being able to write to my home dir.

what have i done wrong.. seeing as i used 'kuser' and added everything.. i rebooted but that didn't work..

what is THE way to add a user and have everything work short of adding the new user to every single group..

thanks slackers,

i'm impressed with slackware as it's the only distro i can get to play nicely with the wintel nightmare that is the n1015v evo laptop from compaq/hp
Old 05-31-2003, 07:01 AM   #2
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I've never had a problem when I use the "adduser" script. Also, you might look at just changing the permissions on the home directory:
chown -R user.users /home/user
Where user is the username AND users is actually kept as users (being the group your users should belong to). If you wish to add this user to more groups, then open up /etc/group and add the name (comma seperated, no space).

There shouldn't be too many groups you need to add a normal user to.

Old 05-31-2003, 08:32 AM   #3
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thanks a lot.. i can successfully login now but if i try to edit a test .txt file i can open vim no problem add my text, but when i :wq it comes up with

Xlib: connection to ":0.0" refused by server
Xlib: No protocol specified

Now i tried a "export DISPLAY=:0.0" but that didn't work.. however the test.txt file has been written and does come up in the list when i do a ls.

strangeness abounds..
Old 05-31-2003, 08:43 AM   #4
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maybe your permissions on /tmp are weird.
i've had to do stuff like that, but i can't remember
what all i had to do, but i remember something usefull
find . -type f -exec chown user {} \;
find . -type d -exec chown user {} \;
Old 05-31-2003, 09:03 AM   #5
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so everythings sorted

okay.. even though i was getting that wierd msg when logged in as root.. but su'ing to another user.. i fired up kuser and added my user to sys (for the sound), wheel (i assumed correctly was wheel mouse) and voila.. everything just worked when i logged all the way out and then only logged in with my user.

i think that if you are logged in as root it must protect the xserver somehow and not let other xsessions be started. security feature? anyway on slackware 8.1 you need to add ur user to sys if you want full playin-niceness within kde!

thanks slackers,
Old 05-31-2003, 09:08 AM   #6
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wheel is the group of people who can use the su command to change user on the fly.


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