Posted on: Apr 23, 2020
Last modified: Sep 16, 2020

Distribution Upgrades

Ubuntu 20.04 "Focal Fossa" has just released, so I thought I'd write a guide on how to upgrade.

  • Upgrading to the latest Ubuntu distro:

    1. Sign in to the root user
    sudo -i
    1. Update the /etc/apt/sources.list, replace any entries of bionic or eoal with focal
    sed -i 's/bionic/focal/g' /etc/apt/sources.list
    1. Run the apt commands below
    apt update
    apt upgrade
    apt full-upgrade
    apt install update-manager-core
    do-release-upgrade -d
    1. Verify successful upgrade by checking the current distribution number
    lsb_release -a

Users & Groups

  • Add a new user to the machine on a Linux OS

    # Default shell /bin/sh
    sudo adduser <user>
    # Custom shell /usr/bin/zsh
    sudo adduser --shell /usr/bin/zsh
  • Add a user to the sudo group

    usermod -aG sudo username
  • Delete a user from the machine

    # Keep a backup of the user's home directory, stored in the pwd
    sudo deluser <user> --backup --remove-all-files
  • Delete a group from the machine

    sudo delgroup <group>
  • Change the machine's hostname

    sudo hostnamectl set-hostname <hostname>
  • Change a user's username

    # Short form
    usermod <user> -l <new_username> -md <new_home_filepath>
    # Long form
    usermod <user> --login <new_username> --move-home --home <new_home_filepath>
  • Change a group's name

    # Short form
    groupmod <group_name> -n <new_name>
    # Long form
    groupmod <group_name> --new-name <new_name>
  • Change a user's information on a Linux OS

    # [ Linux ]
    # Short form
    chfn <user> -f "Austin Traver"
    # Long
    chfn <user> --full-name "Austin Traver"
  • View which groups a user is associated with

    # For the current user (first group is the primary group)
    # => staff admin
    # For any other user
    groups <user>