Add and Delete Users on Ubuntu 20.04 (F.A.Q)
Can I add a new user without granting them administrative privileges?
Yes, you can add a new user without granting them administrative privileges. When adding a user, simply omit the step of adding them to the sudo group. This way, the new user will have regular user permissions and won’t be able to perform administrative tasks.
Is it safe to delete a user's home directory when removing their account?
Deleting a user’s home directory is generally safe as it will remove all their personal files and settings. However, before executing the
deluser command with the
--remove-home option, make sure you have backed up any essential data from the user’s home directory. If the user has valuable data, consider archiving it before deletion.
What happens to files owned by a deleted user on Ubuntu 20.04?
When you delete a user on Ubuntu 20.04, the ownership of their files and directories is reassigned to the root user. This ensures that the system can still access any shared or system-critical files that were owned by the deleted user.
Can I recover a deleted user account on Ubuntu 20.04?
Once you delete a user account using the
deluser command, it is challenging to recover it completely. The user’s files and settings are permanently removed from the system. To re-enable the deleted user, you will need to create a new user with the same username, but any data from the old account will be lost.