How to Add new user and Delete existing user on Ubuntu

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[email protected]:/# adduser "MYNEWUSER"
Adding user `"MYNEWUSER"' ...
Adding new group `"MYNEWUSER"' (1001) ...
Adding new user `"MYNEWUSER"' (1001) with group `"MYNEWUSER"' ...
Creating home directory `/home/"MYNEWUSER"' ...
Copying files from `/etc/skel' ...
Enter new UNIX password:
Retype new UNIX password:
passwd: password updated successfully
Changing the user information for "MYNEWUSER"
Enter the new value, or press ENTER for the default
Full Name []: MY Username
Room Number []:
Work Phone []:
Home Phone []:
Other []:
Is the information correct? [Y/n] Y

Now, if we check the home directory of the newly created user, we will see it only created “examples.desktop” and nothing else like Desktop, Downloads etc.

 $ ls /home/MYNEWUSER/

Note: if we want to have those all directories, we have to logout currrent user from GUI i.e. from Top Right -> Settings Wheel -> Select Newly created user Or click “Logout” and then login to new user from GUI, and we will see the directores like below created now,

$ ls /home/MYNEWUSER/
dead.letter Desktop Documents Downloads examples.desktop Music Pictures Public Templates Videos

 [email protected]:/# su "MYNEWUSER"

We have added a new user “MYNEWUSER” , but this user will not have a sudo permission which we can check it as,

"MYNEWUSER"@ubuntu:/$ sudo ls
sudo: unable to resolve host ubuntu
[sudo] password for "MYNEWUSER":
"MYNEWUSER" is not in the sudoers file.  This incident will be reported.

Now to add this user in the sudoer’s list, please check the post at

This can also be done as,

$ sudo su 
[email protected]:/# adduser MYNEWUSER sudo 
sudo: unable to resolve host ubuntu
Adding user `MYNEWUSER' to group `sudo' ...
Adding user MYNEWUSER to group sudo

To delete the user and its home directory, use below command,

 $ sudo deluser --remove-home MYNEWUSER 
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