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Old 27th July 2019
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I had a problem with the original user, that was setup in the default install, and was not able to login any more, so I deleted that user:
Code:
# userdel garry
,
Ok, then used:
Code:
# adduser
To make a new user, and that worked ok, "garry", can now loging again,...but it also created a new directory,
Code:
/home/garry/garry
The second dir, is empty, when I log in that is where I end up, which is no big deal, but I would rather just have the 1 "garry" dir, instead of 2. The first dir: /home/garry
has all my files, etc and seems fine, but when I try to move or remove, the empty dir ,
again, "garry" can no longer login.
Looking at 'man usermod' :
Quote:
-d home-directory
Sets the home directory to home-directory without
populating it; if the -m option is specified,
tries to move the old home directory to
home-directory.
========
-m Moves the home directory from its old position to
the new one. If -d is not specified, the
new-user argument of the -l option is used; one
of -d and -l is needed.
===
Seems straight forward, but I seem to be not getting the syntax right,...
for example I tried:
Code:
# usermod -d garry /home/garry
Did not work, so:
Code:
# usermod -dm /home/garry  garry
and still no good, also tried a few others , all ways resulted in me needing to start over,..
So anyway, I want to try to get it to where I just have /home/garry , and garry can still log in, but it appears the second dir /home/garry/garry is essential to me being able to login in, so what is the best way to remove that, and just have 1 dir. "garry" ? Thanks
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Read the syntax in the man page again. Your use of "-d garry /home/garry" and "-dm /home/garry" are both invalid.

-d must be followed *immediately* by the new directory. Not by the user, not by -m.


Moving files from within /home/garry/garry to /home/garry may cause recursion issues. You might instead use chpass(8) to edit the user's entry, then move files manually.
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Ok, thanks
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