Friday, July 25, 2008

users with a UID of less than 1000 not visible in User and Group maintenance (Ubuntu)

[Bug 70850] Re: [users-admin] show all users checkbox is gone and there is no way to view users with a UID of less than 1000

source : https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/desktop-bugs/2007-March/082956.html
http://ubuntuforums.org/archive/index.php/t-347762.html


I need user ID=500 to work. It's easy to create a new user with ID=500. Go back to create another user and 500 is gone. It's in /etc/passwd but not visible in User and Group maintenance. I can log in as user 500 but in Login Screen maintenance user 500 can not be set to auto login.
Experimenting I see any user ID I create of 999 or less is invisible. Any user ID I create of 1001 or more is visible.


The work around is to edit "/etc/login.defs".

**WORKAROUND:
sudo gedit /etc/login.defs

**change this section:

#
# Min/max values for automatic uid selection in useradd
#
UID_MIN 1000 (change 1000 to 500 or perhaps 1)



So the bottomline is give your UID > 1000 always.

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