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    Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    New to this as before I've only had single user machines. How do I create a new user but with all the settings, i.e look and feel, I've got now except admin rights. I.e. a desktop user.

    Activating the guest account gives a default desktop. New user is a newbie ex windows user so I dont want to have them fiddle to get it to look the same as I've tweeked my user.

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    Something to try, don't know if it will work for you, but it has for me in the past:

    System > Administration > Users and groups, set up your new user as a "Desktop" user.

    Then: Alt+F2 and run gksudo nautilus
    Then copy and paste the .hidden config files and folders in your /home to the new user's /home

    (You might not want to copy across your e-mail application's .hidden folder)

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    It's easy. Copy all the hidden folders in your home directory into /etc/skel - the hidden folders contain your desktop settings. Now create the new user account. The contents of /etc/skel will be copied into the new user's home directory. Presto!

    (EDIT: Don't copy any folders that contain personal information, such as keyrings, e-mail settings, Pidgin settings)
    I try to treat the cause, not the symptom. I avoid the terminal in instructions, unless it's easier or necessary. My instructions will work within the Ubuntu system, instead of breaking or subverting it. Those are the three guarantees to the helpee.

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    /etc/skel thats a new one on me. Thanks i'll give it a go.

    Ahh I see it contains the examples folder.

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    if you just want to set it up for one new user then I would not copy it to /etc/skel but just make a copy of your home folder and then chown it accordingly.

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    Quote Originally Posted by hyper_ch View Post
    if you just want to set it up for one new user then I would not copy it to /etc/skel but just make a copy of your home folder and then chown it accordingly.
    I'd copy everything except the thunderbird folder I reckon
    I suppose I'll have to watch the .dmrc file permissions if I do it this way.

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    Re: Creating a new user. Need to clone existing settings but not admin.

    Quote Originally Posted by 3rdalbum View Post
    It's easy. Copy all the hidden folders in your home directory into /etc/skel - the hidden folders contain your desktop settings. Now create the new user account. The contents of /etc/skel will be copied into the new user's home directory. Presto!

    (EDIT: Don't copy any folders that contain personal information, such as keyrings, e-mail settings, Pidgin settings)

    Bump.

    I am in the same boat. Has anyone tried the above suggestion? How well did it work?
    I am a casual linux user who simply wants a Windows replacement. I have little computer knowledge so speak to me as if I were an easily confused child. Thank you.

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    Problem System>admin>users and group problem

    my system was good but I went in the system admin to add other users of my pc
    and I make changes like
    deleted home from group
    change password
    new user
    delete user of my name

    before it was ashwn@ashwin-laptop

    but now it says I have no name@ashwin-laptop

    after signout I cant access my PC

    please help me

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    System>admin>users and group problem

    my system was good but I went in the system admin to add other users of my pc
    and I make changes like
    deleted home from group
    change password
    new user
    delete user of my name

    before it was ashwn@ashwin-laptop

    but now it says I have no name@ashwin-laptop

    after signout I cant access my PC

    please help me

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    Re: System>admin>users and group problem

    Quote Originally Posted by abjangam View Post
    my system was good but I went in the system admin to add other users of my pc
    and I make changes like
    deleted home from group
    change password
    new user
    delete user of my name

    before it was ashwn@ashwin-laptop

    but now it says I have no name@ashwin-laptop

    after signout I cant access my PC

    please help me
    I can access now my account with the guest user which i add in last time when i went in users and groups and deleted my parental group ashwn

    so how could i get my reall name user

    please help me

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