I have a user named
hedgehog and I want him to be named
squirrel, but I don't want to change his numeric user ID.
How can I accomplish this?
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Under Linux, the
Only the user's (login) name will be changed, and nothing else. You may also want to change the user's home directory name, as below:
Generally you can rename a user by changing their username in the
Note that the method above does not rename other things which may bear the original username (home directories being the prime example, per-user personal groups (on systems which use them) being another). You may wish to clean these up as well for consistency, by changing the appropriate fields in the passwd file and renaming the directories.
Several operating systems provide a system-specific way of renaming users. For example many Linux systems include the