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Re: Copying a user to a new user?

On 10/12/06, Tim <ignored_mailbox yahoo com au> wrote:
On Wed, 2006-10-11 at 09:21 -0700, alan wrote:
> An easier way is to just tar all the files in the one home directory,
> su to the new user account and untar the file into the new home
> directory.

Have not tried the tar method, but the copy to /etc/skell failed big
time, afteer the user was set up I tried to log on, and got 30 or so
error dialogues before being left with a black screen, the nautilus
icons on the deskttop and no panels.  The original user did not have
nautilus drawing the desktop so every thing was wrong...

Why would that be easier than populating the skel directory?  You'd have
to go through these shenanigans each time you created a new user.  Using
skel does that automatically for you.

It's only a once off to try and fix a problem, this one user (out of
3) cant open images or pdf files from nautilus, gets dumb errors like

The filename "image.png" indicates that this file is of type "png
document". The contents of the file indicate that the file is of type
"PNG image". If you open this file, the file might present a security
risk to your system.

and so has to use the open with menu for every thing.  All the oter
users work fine. Note that the error is for all files, not just a few.

The thing is the user has about 3gb of data, nearly 1gb in evolution
mail alone, so I dont want to make the data difficult, I just want to
get nautilus working for this user...


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