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using putty SSH connection how do I set a users home directory

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I've jsut created a new user and set their password.

How do I set their home directory? Assuming the user is named 'usertest' and I want their home directory to be '/var/www/' what command would I enter?

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by:pilson66
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You need to edit /etc/passwd
Example:
rtorrent:x:117:100::/opt/rtorrent:/bin/bash

Edit to:
rtorrent:x:117:100::/var/www:/bin/bash

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by:woolmilkporc
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usermod -h /var/www userid
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usermod -d /var/www/ username
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by:woolmilkporc
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Sorry, just saw it's Linux!

Under Linux use

usermod -d /var/www userid

and to create the directory should it not yet exist use

usermod -m -d /var/www userid

wmp
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by:farzanj
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Run the following commands as root

 
usermod -d /var/www userid

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Then issue the following to allow him privileges to his files
 
chown user /var/www

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Thank you
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