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    Question Deleting a User & System Updates

    I have 2 Users on a recently-installed openSUSE 11.0 install. Both are myself (made two Users due to oversight during & after install). They are:

    User 'abc' - a 'Normal' user
    User 'xyz' - with 'root' user previliges

    Since I don't need 2 users, I want to delete the user 'abc' ('normal user').
    All the updates (the openSUSE 11.0 is just now d/ling & installing updates) that I have installed for oSUSE 11.0 after logging in as 'abc' (Normal User) (but had to supply (authenticate) the root p/w before the update took place).

    - Are the updates to the Operating System applied on a system-wide basis (i.e. irrespective of User) ?
    - If yes, (ie all updates are available/applied for all users), then will the system remain updated after I delete the 'normal' user 'abc'?

    Of course, I will back-up user 'abc' 's files into a separate folder before deleting that account.

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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    updates are system-wide so it shouldn't affect any other users

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    Question Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    Tried to delete 'abc', (after logging-in as 'xyz') through 'Users & Group Management' of YAST Control Center. But there was Error Message -

    "You cannot delete this user, because the user is currently logged in. Log the user out first."

    Tried logging in from the gnome terminal as 'su' (root) and then going to yast from there to delete User 'abc'. But the same error message was displayed.

    How can I delete 'abc' ('Normal' user)?
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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    you can temporarily log in as root at the log-in screen.then delete the user.

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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    > User 'abc' - a 'Normal' user
    > User 'xyz' - with 'root' user previliges
    >
    > Since I don't need 2 users, I want to delete the user 'abc' ('normal
    > user').


    requiring you to always log in as root?
    which bypasses all the security safe guards, just like in Windows[tm]?

    so, if you DO get cracked as user instead of boxing the culprit into
    user space only, you automatically give the entire machine over to
    the cracker??

    that is one way to increase the number of opensoftware-bots to
    complement the millions of winbots/zombies pumping out tons of spam
    etc without their owners being aware..

    not to mention, that anyone can sit down at your computer and delete
    the entire operating system (everything actually) with one, very
    short command..

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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    Quote Originally Posted by zmdmw52 View Post
    I have 2 Users on a recently-installed openSUSE 11.0 install. Both are myself (made two Users due to oversight during & after install). They are:

    User 'abc' - a 'Normal' user
    User 'xyz' - with 'root' user previliges
    User 'xyz' with 'root' privileges!! This is a gross error and very dangerous. You should only have the user 'root' with root privileges. And you should normaly work with a 'normal' user.
    Henk van Velden

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    Quote Originally Posted by hcvv View Post
    User 'xyz' with 'root' privileges!! This is a gross error and very dangerous. You should only have the user 'root' with root privileges. And you should normaly work with a 'normal' user.
    Installed openSUSE 11.0 (first Linux distro) for first time. So, by error, made 2 user accounts during the installation.

    Have deleted 'abc'. On logging in as 'xyz', it still asks for the root p/w (& to Login as same) - so it is not a 'root' acct & just a normal user acct...apparently was mistaken about 'xyz' being a 'root' acct.

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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    I now understand better what you mean.

    User xyz has the same password as root. This does not mean that it has root facilities!

    It is a feature (??) of the 11.0 installation to give one and the same password to root and the user you enter during installation. I would strongly suggest you take a different password for at least one of them (using the passwd command).
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    Default Re: Deleting a User & System Updates

    > Have deleted 'abc'. On logging in as 'xyz', it still asks for the root
    > p/w (& to Login as same) - so it is not a 'root' acct & just a normal
    > user acct...apparently was mistaken about 'xyz' being a 'root' acct.


    ok....for the life of me i can't understand why 'they' would make
    both root and user have the same password as the DEFAULT 11.0
    install...but, 'they' did (is there NO adult supervision)...

    anyway, pick a nice and secure root password...mine is from
    <https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm> and looks kinda like:

    ZS1y=;%#X[

    which is not so hard to remember since i have it on a sticky note
    stuck to the monitor ;-)

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