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When Do You Actually Build Home for Your Users?

By default, user home directories are not actually created until the user logs into a workstation for the first time. However, you can use the Create Home Now button in the Home tab to force creation of the user’s home directory before then. Likewise, you can use the createhomedir command in the terminal to force creation of home directories for all users who have not yet logged in or with a user’s shortname as the command argument to create a home directory for a single user. This can be useful if you want to change the default permissions of home directories after creation or if you want to add files to a user’s home directory (you must log in as the particular user or as the root user to do this).

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