New user

Asked by peter on 2009-01-25


I've a question. Thanks in advance for your reply.

I created a new user. No problem. I logged in as the new user and opened Nautilus. And this is the problem: the new user is able to view the files of the root.

How can I prevent this? Thanks.

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danny6167 (danny6167) said :

Users being able to read files from root doesn't usually introduce any issues. How is this a problem for you? Sorry, but I must ask, are you confusing "root" with the original user? aka user 2 can access /home/user1/ ? if so you can change the permissions of your home folder by right clicking on it, selecting properties and then the security tab.

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peter (peter-neuweiler) said :

Thanks for your hint - it helped.

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Wim (launchpad-xs4all) said :


while creating a new user, you can set the PROFILE for the new user to either Administrator/DesktopUser/Unprivileged
This choice sets several default UserRights, but you can change them afterwards. I will explain how later on.

Some files and directories can be read by everyone (try the directory /etc/ ...) but can only be changed by root-user.

If you want to give the New User less access to the system and their files, change the rights; here is how:

Follow the menu <Applications>,... <System>,... <Users&Groups>,...
select <Unlock> and after that select the (New) User you want to change rights for...
<Properties>,... tab-UserRights that is the place to set the amount of access that user will have.

Hope this information is sufficient for you; if not: ask us more!

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peter (peter-neuweiler) said :

Hi Menting

Thanks for the hint. I'm happy to get this information. Thank you.