User accounts facilitate different agents and settings on a computer. User accounts have a login name and a password, along with a home directory on the filesystem.

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Lost desktop files after restoring a user account

So I accidentally removed my main user account from my macbook (OS X el capitan). The home folder was not deleted so I restored the user account by adding a new account with the same name, then ...
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How do i remove this Guest User / greyed out remove button

One day i got some malware on my mac. Finally removed it successfully, but this was somehow created when i first got the malware. All the forums i've found just say hit the "-" aka remove but it is ...
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Only root login remains (all other users gone) and even root hangs, so can't access!

We have been locked out of our iMac running on El Capitan. Basically all known user accounts have disappeared. Only "other" remains which seems to the "system administrator" or "root" and when trying ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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All the apps do not show for another user login on my Mac OS X 10.9.5

All the apps do not show for other login users on my Mac OS X 10.9.5. I share the Mac with another person & the other person has all the apps showing in her apps folder that are not showing in my ...
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How can I create a user that can login through SSH but not on the local desktop in MacOS X El Capitan?

I would like to have a user account in my MacOS X El Capitan system which is limited to login through SSH. I do not want that user to be able to use the system through any other means, especially not ...
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What is the avqmd.plist and the _avqmd record in Users/Groups

Today, I was trying to fix the file permissions and ownership on an external hard drive and while I was trying to add myself as a user/owner the through the get Info window, the system presented me ...
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Set default user in terminal

I just formatted my Mac and upgrade it to El Capitan, When I open Terminal I see that I am always logged in as root: How can I get my usual user name every time I open a new Terminal window, I ...
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Can a third party cloud backup app backup all user accounts on my Mac?

I use an app called LiveDrive to backup my Mac running OS X 10.9.5. It provides incremental Cloud backup. My user account is an administrator and it is under this account that the LiveDrive backup ...
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How can I prevent a user to use admin rights to work around restrictions?

We just bought my husband a new Mac. Currently, we each have parental restrictions requiring a password on our accounts when it comes to "mature" ratings on our iPhones and iPads (older generations) ...
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Help me to understand this /Users/username/sites/website1

Can anyone help me to understand the logic behind placing my /sites folder like this /Users/username/sites/website1 How do I find the Users folder? I am using OS X El Capitan Thank you
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Can iMac 5k be set up to change screen resolution at log in depending on user

I have 2 users on iMac 5k and need each user to login at a different screen resolution (Default for one, Looks like 2048 x 1152 for the other). Is this possible / can a script be set to run on login ...
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How to share application folder between users without administration right?

On my Mavericks i have 2 users. Is it possible to let other user use app folder as normal without a full administration rights? I just want that second user would be able to install simple apps by ...
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Trouble signing in as admin account after change of Apple ID email address

I had to move to another mail provider therefore I changed my Apple ID. Unfortunately a while ago I've linked my admin account on my MacBook Air with my Apple ID. Now my account is still stuck with ...
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What must I enter into Terminal, using sudo to make myself an administrator?

My user account is a standard account on my Mac. What must I enter into Terminal using sudo, to make myself the administrator?
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Weird User in my login screen “puppet”

I just restarted my mac "OSX El Capitan v10.11.1" and I'm seeing a weird User in my login screen called "puppet": I have not created this User and I don't know how to log on it. The most ...
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Stop asking for iCloud password every time I log in

I'm not sure if this is related to a caching thing or a preference file or what. Also, I've removed the "?" from my dock but my system doesn't remember it when I shut down and restart, so I have to do ...
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Why are there account aliases?

I don't understand why when I go to /Users/Me, I find an alias of "me", and then another inside, and then again. Can this alter the performances? Can I trash them? And moreover, what are they doing ...
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Most efficient way of migrating selected elements of user account and selected applications to a new mac

I will have to transfer my user account and some other stuff to a new mac and I am currently considering what would be the most efficient way of doing that. The list of things I would like and ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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How to distinguish between multiple AirDrop connections?

I have iMac A, MacBook Pro B, and MacBook Pro C. I want to copy a file from A to B and C using AirDrop. The problem is that I have multiple instances of the B and C machines showing up in AirDrop. I ...
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How can I restore user accounts from a Time Machine backup to different volume?

I have a mid-2011 iMac, running El Capitan. Everything (OS, Applications, Home Folders, and data) was on a single volume, a 1.0TB HD which failed. In addition to replacing the HD with a new 1.0TB ...
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Create a new Apple ID with the same email [closed]

Due to certain reasons and circumstances, I want to create a new AppleID account (lets call it ID2) using my personal primary email (E1), already used in an existing AppleID (ID1). In the end, if ...
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Is it good practice to use OS X with a Standard user, and have a separate Admin account?

I am currently using OS X with a Standard user that has no admin privileges in the OS GUI. Note: My Standard user does however have sudo permissions in /etc/private/sudoers. This enables password ...
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El Capitan - Where to install application

I'm developer and I'm providing my application with pkg installer. Before El Capitan, my installer was putting binaries to /usr/bin. With El Capitan I had to change it because of SIP, so now binaries ...
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iPhone is being accessed remotely and sending messages

My ex and I are going through a custody battle. I have had my email hacked and broken into many times and I receive forwarded emails of my ex talking to someone about these happenings. Recently I ...
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All user accounts on iMac running OSX 10.10.5 vanished on login screen

So a few nights, ago our iMac (OSX 10.10.5) started to run slowly, so I figured that all 4 family members have active logins – so one by one, I logged everyone out then rebooted the machine. When it ...
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Tried to change the name of my home folder and now I can't log in

I'm on OS X 10.10.5 I followed the instructions given here. I'll describe my process in as much detail as possible. I made a temporary admin account called temp. I switched to that account. I ...
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OS X: Change sharing-only account to 'normal' account

Somehow, OS X changed my main user account to sharing-only. This means that all data in the user folder is still existent on the disk, I can't login to that user. Is there a way to revert a ...
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Is this a security flaw for Other, Others, Others… accounts having 0 (root) UID?

When running this command dscl . -list /Users UniqueID, I get duplicate UID, for the Other, Others, Others... accounts, which is the same UID root uses. daemon 1 Guest 201 ...
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Standard User account not getting removed on El capitan

I am not able to delete user account on El capitan . The Minus (remove option ) is inactive here . I tried doing this by logging in to admin account . Please help!!!!
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Disable Shift Cmd Q for logout

I would like to disable Shift+Command+Q keyboard shortcut for Log Out. I am using Karabiner at the moment, but I only managed to disable it completely using the following xml: <?xml ...
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how to clear the personal information of a macbook [duplicate]

I was given a old MacBook Pro by a friend and had not had time to clear all her information. She trusts me that I will delete them which I have done with the documents, addresses etc. I am not worried ...
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How do I grant irrevocable privacy from user with sudo access?

In Unix, any user with sudo access can act as any other user using sudo su. This invalidates any imagined privacy of local files for all other users of the same Mac. Is there any (preferably OS-level) ...
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Separate Unix User

I was wondering if i have a separate user with no admin rights for torrenting, will my data (emails, files ... ) be isolated and inaccessbile from the "torrent" account and OS X systems files not ...
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How to fix a user account screwed up by El Capitan?

I did a full backup before installing El Capitan, so a restore is available if nothing else. After the install, I was able to login, but found that the login group for my non-admin account had been ...
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Unexpected Finder message “This item will be deleted immediately”

I made a second user account (test, admin privs) and set the permissions of my second hard drive so that this account could read & write. The only thing I changed was the first line and then ...
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Unable to delete a user account and keep home folder

I am trying to delete a user account from a client's Mac mini. The user previously had admin priviledges, I was able to remove those, yet unable to delete the user. My client wants to be able to ...
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“Computer admin” vs active account?

So someone stole my mac and I just got a new used one and am setting it up and I can't figure out how to get it back to the way I used to have it. The way it was before, I was a user with no ...
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How do you stop wtmp from erasing?

I track user login times on a couple of shared computers running OSX 10.10.5 using the last command in terminal. It seems after updating from 10.9 the wtmp file gets frequently deleted and only show a ...
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Removing the Rescue email

I want to delete the rescue email in my account setting , but I can't because it belongs to my Ex ! Every time I need to change my password i have been referred to his email because it's the rescue ...
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A contact is somehow synchronised with my MBPr

I have a MBPr. Strangely, when I create a new Mail account -> "Add Other Mail Account", I can see the field Full Name already filled with one of my iPhone's contact name: Full Name: John Email ...
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How would I preserve only a certain user account while doing a secure wipe of my MacBook Pro?

I have a MacBook Pro with a separate user account for work-related stuff. Suppose I am required by contract to use reasonable means to destroy all copies of data that I had access to while performing ...
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MacBook Air Running Yosemite - Merge Two User Accounts?

I am brand new to Mac. I very recently migrated all of my files from my Windows PC. When setting up my MacBook Air initially, I was instructed to create a user account. When I migrated my files ...
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Send Command to Add remote users through ARD

so I'm trying to create an extra admin account on all Macs on the network. There are quite a few so I'm trying to do it through Apple Remote Desktop. Do you guys know how to do this? This is all I ...
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Is there a way to configure user account for different uses?

I am a marketer by profession and am currently learning to program in AngularJS. I also like to make music using various programs. For marketing I need Evernote, Skitch, and TextExpander running in ...
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Mail can't connect to… non-existing account

I get alerts from mail that a password to one of the mail accounts is not valid. This may well be - however, I'm not using that account any longer. In the account list - this account is NOT present - ...
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Old password not being accepted when attempting to change password

I was trying to change my password from System Preferences on my MacBook Pro. I followed the procedure by filling in the old password along with the new one. However, I am informed that the old ...
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Yosemite Server: How to disable simultaneous logins

Up until Lion you could disable simultaneous logins on workstations by using the following setting in Workgroup Manager: Unfortunately now Workgroup Manager doesn't work with OS X 10.10 (it did ...
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users with same uid

I was reading a question about users with same UID. tried his posted command dscl . -list uid | sort -nrk 2 to see what I got. 2 of them share UID 0 root and untitled. UID -2 is named nobody. daemon ...