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1 santhosh kumar theyyan May 6, 2008 at 12:25 pm

or specify the home with -d in useradd command

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2 ashwani May 23, 2009 at 3:18 pm

Nice…info…but it doesnt work ;_( it still gives same error as before changeing in /etc/default/usradd

[root@localhost ~]# useradd -d /root/lvm/ mas
useradd: warning: the home directory already exists.
Not copying any file from skel directory into it.

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3 Jay A June 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

Hi All,
Anyone who can teach me the solution for this problem:

I add a user jayabellon using this command:
useradd -u 888 -g oinstall -G dba -d /home/jayabellon -r jayabellon

i forgot to create home directory when I log-In so it prompts me cannot go to that directory.

I deleted the user and retry to create again.

But still, when I log-In, this is what it looks like:
-bash-3.00$

I am expecting it to be
[user@hostname]$

this is my entry in /etc/passwd:
jayabellon:x:888:501:jayabellon:/home/jayabellon:/bin/bash

actually, i am only working in a test server. Nothing much critical on this one.
It’s just that its my first time to create user using command line, because i usually do it in GUI based.

REgards,
Jay A

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4 divyaraj February 16, 2012 at 7:23 am

Even I have the same problem. If you get any solution please mail me. One solution I can give that re-install the operating system,even I did the same.

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5 Jay A June 18, 2009 at 10:27 am

-bash-3.00$ finger jayabellon
Login: jayabellon Name: jayabellon
Directory: /home/jayabellon Shell: /bin/bash
Never logged in.
No mail.
No Plan.

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6 nixCraft June 18, 2009 at 11:10 am

Pass -m option to useradd command to create users home dir.

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7 Jay A June 19, 2009 at 1:43 am

I got it.

it’s in man page also.

:D

found that it’s faster to create user in command line rather than using GUI Administration tool.

Thanks Vivek

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8 Shash April 27, 2010 at 6:02 am

Any chance you can provide a similar command for Oracle SQL?

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9 TonyRiver December 29, 2011 at 10:14 am

Thanks. I’ve been wondering how to change the default home directory for a while now. Glad I found this to explain how.
Your comment is awaiting moderation.

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10 Tamjeed April 20, 2012 at 8:16 am

This is just nonsense of a blog, when the same thing can be achieved with usermod command with -d option to change the home directory.

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11 Joey May 14, 2013 at 1:54 pm

It’s really not “nonsense of a blog.” The whole point is so that it is a default, so you DON’T have to do the -d option every time. Why make things harder on yourself? Set all the defaults in the config files, and then just useradd and be done with it.

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12 dnyaneshwar October 8, 2013 at 6:01 am

home directory already exits.
not copying any file from skel directory into it
when i login to oracle user it show me
-bash-3.00$

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13 sms December 10, 2013 at 2:06 pm

Thanks a lot you saved me.. since the syntax was so complicated..

what i did wrong was while trying to change existing username to new one..

I was logged as root since it’s not good to change username while being logged under it.. everything went smooth i even appended the groups to my new user but since i didn’t specify the path to the new home directory after -dm all of the old folder was moved by default to the root folder instead of home since i was logged as root.. so be careful guys to specify path or just log into any other user you have that has folder in home$ or i guess excute the command in the target folder .. here what i used to change username:

usermod -dm -Ga ,sudo -l

to understand this go to the man page..

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14 sms December 10, 2013 at 2:08 pm

sorry but trying to add syntax with but gets deleted!!!

add this to first comment

usermod -dm (new-user) -Ga (created new group),sudo -l (new-user) (old-user)

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15 sms December 10, 2013 at 2:32 pm

forgot to mention that combining options letters won’t work which i guess is weird since it;s used in tar -vzf … but i guess some commands don’t agree.. thanks again i’ve just moved my whole folders to the destination.. u r the best not even the man instructions since those are stupid for not giving no examples.. thanks again guys..

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16 XaverW January 30, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Thanks for the article.
When changing the default home dir in /etc/default/useradd, I suggest to change it in /etc/adduser.conf as well (variable DHOME) – otherwise users added by the command ‘adduser’ will have the wrong/old home still.
Regards

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