going around in circles trying to setup Ubuntu

Posted May 1, 2015 3.2k views

Hi I have installed the latest version of ubuntu 15.04 and have tried to follow this guide

this is what I have done
adduser mike2099
Adding user mike2099' ...
Adding new group
mike2099’ (1000) …
Adding new user mike2099' (1000) with groupmike2099’ …
Creating home directory /home/mike2099' ...
Copying files from
/etc/skel’ …
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for mike2099
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
Full Name []: Mike
Room Number []:
Work Phone []:
Home Phone []:
Other []:
Is the information correct? [Y/n] y
root@mikejsaunders:~# gpasswd -a mike2099 sudo
Adding user mike2099 to group sudo
root@mikejsaunders:~# su mike2099
mike2099@mikejsaunders:/root$ mkdir .ssh
mkdir: cannot create directory ‘.ssh’: Permission denied

I presumed the directions for the newer version would work the same

this is the 3rd time I have tired this and I get the same error every time, I have setup an ssh key already and when I create the droplet I am adding it, based on the instructions I should add the key to the new user in order to secure the new users account ? or have I missed something


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  • You add the user mike2099 to the sudo group, then switch to that user and try to create a folder in the root users folder. You need to create the .ssh folder in the /home/mike2099 folder not the /root folder.

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You’re trying to create the .ssh/ directory within the root user’s folder as the user “mike2099” and because “mike2099” doesn’t have permissions to write in the root user’s folder, you’re getting a permission denied error.

From what I can gather you’re trying to add an SSH key to mike2099 following a tutorial, to fix the error, cd in to mike2099’s home folder with cd before you run mkdir .ssh and the tutorial should work as expected.