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Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby Pam Crash on Sun Dec 29, 2013 8:32 am

Hello

I'm new to Mint and just installed M16 XFCE 32bit. Question: Is this a single user OS ? I found no way to add additional users.

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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby Flemur on Sun Dec 29, 2013 10:07 am

Definitely not single user. I couldn't find a GUI method (!), but there are adduser and useradd (command line), if you don't get a better answer (GUI version).

The write-ups I've found on them were pretty (typically) poor, so I didn't post any links here.

Edit: Install "gnome-system-tools" for a GUI, from menu or:
$ sudo users-admin

Edit 2:
$ (gk)sudo users-admin
just hung with a blank GUI and
$ users-admin
can't do anything, with "(users-admin:29963): Liboobs-WARNING **: There was an unknown error ..."

You may have better luck....
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby Pam Crash on Mon Dec 30, 2013 2:49 am

:D Thanks, this explains everything
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby njtiger24 on Mon Dec 30, 2013 9:50 am

I ran into this issue as well. I followed Flemur directions and added the gnome tool. After installing the gnome tool I found the place to make/manage accounts. After creating a second user the login screen I was using did not give me the option to enter a user name; under "GMD" I was trying to use the "Split" login screen but would only prompt me for a password not a user name. I switch back to the HTML "Mint-X" and then I saw the option to choose which user to login as. To me it seems like the login screens that list the users will show multiple users as where the others will not.
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby oxf on Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:10 pm

I'm getting this problem as well. I added gnome-system-tools to create the gui in the applicayions menu.
Now, however, when I try to change my password (or user) name I get the error message "unable to save configuration....an unknown error occured"

Still googling for a solution... Apart from that it's running well.

Edit: My mistake, adding gnome-tools does seem to work in mint 16 Xfce
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby karlchen on Sat Jan 11, 2014 6:24 pm

Hi, folks.

As much as I love my Mint 13 xfce - I know we are talking about Mint 16 xfce here! - I have never figured out why in the course of all the years the Xfce makers have never bothered to add a graphical "Users and Groups" application to their desktop environment. :roll:

Anyway, on Mint 13 xfce, following this blog post, Users and Groups in Linux Mint 13 XFCE, has given me a functional graphical "Users and Groups" application. I would not really be amazed if following the same steps would still work on Mint 16 xfce.

Oops, I just notice that in fact Flemur has already mentioned adding gnome-system-tools thus getting Gnome users-admin and reported that it has not brought much joy to him. :oops:
Looks like I should finally try out Mint 16 xfce. Have been playing around with Mint 16 Cinnamon long enough (since 09-Dec-2013). :wink:

HTH,
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby altair4 on Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:22 pm

For what it's worth:

I installed gnome-system-tools in Mint16 XFCE and "Users and Groups" works as expected.

I should note however that every time I suggest something like this in Mint's XFCE I'm told not to use gnome-something but mate-something. So gnome-system-tools becomes mate-system-tools and users-admin becomes mate-users-admin.

Why we bring mate into this I do not know. I use Xubuntu mostly and there is no mate-system-tools but there is a gnome-system tools and it seems to run without issue.

Note: Regardless of your use of users-admin or mate-users-admin it should never be run as gksu. It has it's own built in sudo authentication mechanism and perhaps it gets confused if it's run with elevated privileges from the start.

Other note: Running users-admin or mate-users-admin from the terminal also gives me the Liboobs-WARNING ( which sounds childish and oddly pornographic ) but it works nonetheless.
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby johanna1983 on Wed Mar 12, 2014 11:31 am

In linuxmint 15, I installed user-managment - for plasma desktop, From software manager to add new users. might work in 16
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby karlchen on Wed Mar 12, 2014 6:51 pm

Hi, folks.

As this thread has been about Mint 16 all the time and as someone reported users-admin (Gnome3 programme) could not be used and would only hang, here is my test done on
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System:    Host: unimatrix0 Kernel: 3.11.0-18-generic i686 (32 bit, gcc: 4.8.1)
           Desktop: Xfce 4.10.2 (Gtk 2.24.20) Distro: Linux Mint 16 Petra

Used programme: users-admin from this software package:
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$ dpkg --list gnome-system-tools
[...]
||/ Name                          Version             Architektur         Beschreibung
+++-=============================-===================-===================-=======================
ii  gnome-system-tools            3.0.0-2ubuntu2      i386                Cross-platform configuration utilities for GNOME

Launched from the Whisker Menu [Menu] => System => item "Users and Groups" (users-admin)

Result:
No problem detected. The GUI came up fine. When actually adding a new user the password confirmation dialogue came up and users-admin switched to root mode. Again no problem detected. The user was created as specified.
This confirm's altair4's statements about Gnome users-admin 2 posts above.

Therefore:
No idea what may make users-admin hang on some Mint 16 Petra xfce desktops.

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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby josjoslyn on Wed Apr 16, 2014 4:46 am

Tried adding 'gnome-system-tools' but returns the following :

xxxxxxx@Mint-Library ~ $ sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
Package gnome-system-tools is not available, but is referred to by another package.
This may mean that the package is missing, has been obsoleted, or
is only available from another source
However the following packages replace it:
system-tools-backends

E: Package 'gnome-system-tools' has no installation candidate

Any thoughts/guidance?? As I cannot locate 'system-tools-backends'

I see no graphical tool that will allow/assist with the creation of new users. This is my first time using 'xfce', having used 'gnome' in the main previously. I am perplexed why 'xfce' strips away so many useful admin tools by default
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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby karlchen on Wed Apr 16, 2014 5:11 am

Hello, josjoslyn.

Please, re-try it this way
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sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools

First command: update the local software list. Then try to install gnome-system-tools.
First updating the local list of available software packages avoids a lot of weird problems.

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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby josjoslyn on Wed Apr 16, 2014 7:10 am

**** SOLVED ****
Thanks Karl

Re-installation of LM16 (xfce) did the trick. It allowed me to add the 'gnome system tools' via terminal session 'sudo apt-get install gnome-system-tools', then I had the GUI programme 'Users & Groups' listed under 'System'. Added users as required ..... job done.

I suspected the previous installation did not go well, as I had issues with the 'Update Manager' ...... I had no sources listed.

Now a 'happy bunny' :D Hoping that the xfce interface is more stable than Cinnamon - which would freeze then crash in MDM. And KDE which had the most corrupted 'windows' during install and subsequent re-IPL - no menu bar, no KDE launcher, panels when opened were empty and borderless (dragging the mouse over them would display the immediate item, but would disappear again when the mouse ran past it).

I think I may be an 'xfce' convert :) :) :) :) :) :)

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Re: Mint 16 XFCE How to add new users

Postby anindya123 on Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:47 am

Here is how I managed to do this.

At first you have to install gnome-system-tools. But when I started from terminal "users-admin", then it started the add-user windowd but nothing could be done.

Go to Synaptic. Right click on the entry "gnome-system-tools" and then select the option "Mark suggested for installation". There you will see the suggested packages. Install them.

This method did the work for me. The previous problem was due to some lack of dependency I think.

Please reply your feedback.
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