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I created a new user account that I needed for a specific program, but it doesn't represent a regular user. How do I prevent this user from showing up as an option on the login page?

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Both in 10.7 and 10.6 you will need their shortname then just run this command in

$ sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ HiddenUsersList -array-add user1 user2 user3

To remove them from the hidden user list:

$ sudo defaults delete /Library/Preferences/ HiddenUsersList
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