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Repairing Users' Accounts

  January 10, 2012   Operations   sysadmin

How does one go about repairing a user’s UNIX/Linux account?  We very often run into this issue were things have gone wrong in a user’s account.  A corrupted Firefox profile, a bad .xsession script.  Or any number of problems.  How do other people go about resetting a user’s account back to its default configuration at scale?

We have several tools available on the web or through the GDM session manager that all end up calling one very small script.  This script has a collection of files and directories it moves safely out of the way and attempts to repair Firefox and Chrome profiles.

What does your IT shop do?

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