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KUser: Easy User Management in KDE

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By Scott M. Morris

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Posted: 21 Sep 2005
 

Applies to:

  • Platforms using KDE

Whether you are using Linux on a single machine at home or over a large network at work or school, you will usually be concerned with user management. If you need to have quick access to user management on your system, there's a gui-based tool I'd like to introduce to you. It's called KUser.

First, let's make sure you have it installed. Open up YAST and search for the package called kdeadmin3. When it comes up in the right pane, tick the checkbox next to it. Then, click ACCEPT:

YAST then installs the kdeadmin3 package for you.

Now, let's open it up and take a look. To execute it, open the K Menu, then SYSTEM, then CONFIGURATION, and click on KUSER:

After you put in your password, you'll see the main window come up:

The USERS tab is selected by default. The first three buttons in the toolbar have to do with user management:

ADD a user
EDIT selected user
DELETE selected user

Let's take a look at a user that already exists. Highlight your user account and click EDIT.

In the USER INFO tab, you can set the user's password, among other things. You can set the user's id, full name, login shell, home folder and contact information:

If you need to set restraints on password expiration, go to the PASSWORD MANAGEMENT tab:

Finally, if you wish to view or modify the groups this user belongs to, click on the GROUPS tab:

Click OK to apply any changes or CANCEL to discard them.

Adding a new user is very similar to what we just saw. The difference is that each of the screens will be blank, as you are specifying new settings for a new user. Delete users at your own risk!

Another part of the KUser interface is the GROUPS tab:

The second set of three icons in the toolbar relate to this tab:

ADD a group
EDIT selected group
DELETE selected group

Let's just take a look at a group. Highlight USERS, and click EDIT. A small window appears:

This window allows you to specify which users are part of the group.

Adding a group will be very similar to this. Again, delete groups at your own risk!

User management is very important, regardless of the size of the network you oversee. KUser is a great little tool to aid in doing this. In the future, we'll take a look at other ways to manage users on platforms powered by SUSE Linux.


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