[PC-BSD Dev] Add Users

Kris Moore kris at pcbsd.org
Fri Jun 21 11:39:01 PDT 2013

On 06/21/2013 12:22, Fabrizio Parrella wrote:
> I have been having a very hard time trying to add users to PC-BSD 9.1
> (fully updated - 32 and 64bits).
> When I need to add a user those are the steps that I have to take to
> make it fully work:
>  - Add user via interface, set it as administrator
>  - open xterm and as root, if the /home/<user> is mounted, umount it
>  - log out and log in as the new user
>  - do the needed setup, folders, Thunderbird, chrome, etc...
>  - log out and log back in as the initial user
>  - open xterm and as root make sure that /home/<user> is not mounted
> and then:  mv /home/<user> /home/<user>.ok
>  - reboot
>  - login as initial user
>  - open xterm as root and copy all the files from /home/<user>.ok to
> /home/<user> followed by chown -Rf <user>:<user> <user>
>  - a final reboot and now it works
> if I don't follow those steps I always encounter issues like (random):
>  - smb protocol not working
>  - Thunderbird gives a weird startup error about permission on opening
> some protocol (TCP/IP)
>  - desktop settings are lost at every reboot
>  - random "cannot connect to <anything>" errors, can be "desktop", a
> web server, the proxy servers, etc...
> Anyone know what might cause this problem ?  It is kind of a new error
> that started a month ago or so and affects all the up-to-date
> computers.  This does not happen on 9.0 32bit
Is this on UFS or ZFS? Can you give "mount" output of system after you
create a new user? I'm guessing its *not* ZFS, otherwise you would
probably get an error when you do the "mv <homedir>" step, since that
should be a new dataset.

Kris Moore
PC-BSD Software

More information about the Dev mailing list