Re: moving a user account from one linux box to another
From: prawnpusher (nospamtoday_at_thanks.bye)
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2004 02:57:20 +0200
> prawnpusher wrote:
>> Thanks for your help. Are there any issues like passwords or anything --
>> or is it just a question of ensuring the user & group ids remain the
>> Also, will it work if I on the new system I create "fbloggs" (and not
>> fred) but using the same user & group ids of "fred" from the old box?
> If you change users you may need to drop using the "p" option in
> the tar command so that when you unpack it it will allow the
> permissions to change to the new user/group of fbloggs.
> tar cjvf freds/files.tbz2 freds/files
> Login as new-user and unpack.
> tar xjvf freds/files.tbz2
> If you include the "p" option it will preserve file owner and
> permissions. One thing that may cause problems is mozilla since
> the user name is used in a few places in the
> ~/user/.mozilla/prefs.js file. You can edit it for the new user
> to correct the problem though.
Thanks, it's working now. Just ensured that 'fbloggs' took the same user &
group ids as 'fred' and did a
cp -p -r /mnt/old-disk/fredsfiles /newlocation
This preserved all the user/group/other read/write/execute flags for all
files and directories and ensured perfect transition from old user 'fred'
to new user 'fbloggs'.
-- "He who play in / as root and typeth 'rm -fr *' will kill tree immediately. Don't try this at home kids!" Debian Linux: Open, free and maintainable. The Linux for real programmers ;-)