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    Is it possible to set up an invisible account, that is to say, one which is not visible on the logon screen, but which is accessible if you know the account name ??

    I wish to go behind the back of some of my users.

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    Well, you could modify the login screen tool to not display the "invisible" user. You could create a root-visible-only file n /etc that could contain the names of invisible users. That said, this is NOT a good idea from the security perspective! Trying to create a "back door" account?
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    Not "back door" in the sense of having any privileges.

    Simply that there are users I do not wish to have access to what I say to others.

    I am not seeking root privileges, I already have those. I simply wish to be able to operate without other users knowing that I am there. I don't care what they do. I just want to be able to operate without them knowing I am there.

    No harm, no foul.

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    Ok. Login as root. They may see the root account with the "who" command. However, the "ps" command will still show the programs you are running. Of course you could get the source code for tools like top, ps, and who and modify them so that when regular users run them, you and your processes will not show up...
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    OK Thanks.

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