Ask Different is a question and answer site for power users of Apple hardware and software. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

All my apps have started identifying Home folder as /home/{user} rather than /Users/{user}. This is causing them not to be able to launch as they can't be launched due to inability to write/read from /home/{user}

e.g When launched Chrome says following popup and doesn't launch:

Google Chrome cannot read or write to it's data directory : /home/{user}/Library/Application Support/Google/Chrome

When launched Skype says following popup and doesn't launch:

Can't create Skype folder at "/home/{user}/Library/Application Support/Skype/" Make sure you have enough privileges to create that folder and then launch skype again.

Relaunching finder gives me this message :

The home or Users folder may have been moved or deleted. If the home folder is located on the network, the server may be temporarily unavailable. If you continue to have problems, see your system administrator.

Any solutions ?

share|improve this question
Are you in any kind of networked/centrally managed environment? – patrix May 3 '14 at 16:53
Yes i am in my office network – Archit Jain May 3 '14 at 17:18
  1. Log in to a different user account, then open System Preferences → Users & Groups.
  2. Unlock the pane and right-click your user account in the list, then click Advanced Options.
  3. Make sure the Home Directory listed is correct and change it if necessary, then reboot.

share|improve this answer
I think the new user account has to have admin rights to see other users' details – Mark May 3 '14 at 19:04

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.