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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removing duplicate user in profile manager

I am using server app, mac mini and el capitan os. I am trying to add a user on server. There was one user already added as local user and was assigned to a group. I deleted him from macserver and re-...
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Can't log in after AD Username Change

We currently are updating all our Active Directory usernames from the old format (FirstnameLastinitial) to a new format (FirstnameLastname). So far, the Windows side of these changes have been working ...
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Missing user from login screen

I have 3 users on my iMac running El Captain. I was logged in one of them and running into weird issues (not connecting to WiFi, to able to save files, etc.) so I rebooted the machine and now I do not ...
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Wanted to delete all the pictures in Recents of the face section in Users, but not able to

Here I want to delete all the pictures in the Recents tab, but I cannot find them anywhere. Any solution to this? The pictures are not in my Photos app or iCloud
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Animated gif as user picture in OS X?

How can I set an animated gif as user picture in OS X? Is it possible?
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What files should be copied to manually migrate a user account?

The user account I normally use has something wrong with its native OS "Internet Accounts" configuration. It's corrupted or something. This causes login failures within native OS X apps such as "...
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OSX recovering ownership after bad chown command

In hindsight, I made a bad decision, but I texted my wife a command: sudo chown -R ${USER} /Applications/... to run in a directory. She didn't think it worked and started putting spaces where ...
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Can't log out all users with administrator credentials

When there are multiple users logged in to my MacBook (running OS X El Capitan 10.11.5) and I try to shut down, I get the following prompt: When I enter my administrator username and password it ...
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How do I maintain/extend the user access control from my internal hdd on an external hdd?

I attached an external Firewire HDD do my iMac and want to maintain or extend the user accounts and group structure that I have setup on my internal HDD to my external HDD. How do I go about that? Is ...
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How To Give Each User Separate Applications Folder

I just got a used Mac mini and am currently setting it up for me and my family to use. Before this, the only Mac in the house was my MacBook Pro and very rarely did anyone else use it, so I had the ...
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What point is there in using an everyday non-admin account on OS X?

This piece of advice is old but is coming back into fashion. I have seen it a lot recently, on a number of Mac websites or forums. "Your ‘everyday’ user account should not be an admin account. It ...
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Any shortcut to go to user account window? [duplicate]

Is there any keyboard shortcut to go here? EDIT: This script does not work on run {input, parameters} (* Login menu has to be the last! *) tell application "System Events" tell process ...
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Public folders or “All Users” folder in Mac?

I have a web server in OS X Server with an open source digital asset management system installed: ResourceSpace. The main Web Root folder is shared via FTP and with permissions set to "All Users". I'...
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Is there a way to turn off/on user account without deleting it running on OS X El Captain?

I want to turn off a user account without deleting the account and its content, so it won't appear in the login window and be able to turn it on again. I tried sudo dscl . create /Users/hiddenuser ...
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How to enable a disabled User Account on a MacBook Pro running OS X El Captain?

I disabled a User Account in the System Preferences > Users & Groups > Right-click on a User > Advanced Options... > Login shell: using: /bin/false Now the disabled account is visible in the ...
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Mail.app disconnected from data files

My mac mini was acting up, so I reset the Nvram and ran the disk utilities from recovery mode. The mini started up fine and runs stable, but now my mail, calendar, and contacts have been wiped clean. ...
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Should there be a hardlink from `/Users/Users` pointing to `/Users`?

This is was my /Users directory looks like. That Users link doesn't seem quite right.. matt@viking Users $ pwd /Users matt@viking Users $ ls -lA total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 0 22 Aug ...
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Changing primary group

I want to change my primary group to my user name. Will this negatively effect any core functionalities? Is there anything wrong with removing my user from the 'staff' group?
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Administrator account apparently lost after forced reboot of OS X

Yesterday I ran into one of those rare problems with OS X (10.11.4) where I thought I had to reboot my MacBook. The cursor wheel was constantly spinning and I was unable to quit any apps or even ...
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Renew Active Directory Roaming Profile?

We have a problem with a Mac where the best solution seems to be to renew the user profile on the machine. But the thing is, it's a shared network account (Active Directory) with roaming enabled and I ...
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How to stop OSX making a second desktop user authenticate 802.1 passwords?

To run Calabash tests in parallel on several iOS simulators, I have to log in several desktop users. I do this by ssh-tunnelling port 5800 to 6800 and using ScreenSharing, through a nasty applescript....
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Confguring primary vs secondary icloud accounts for admin + standard user

I've set up my admin account on my Macbook Air. I configured iCloud on this account. I'd like to do admin things with this account. UID 501 I've also migrated a backup to become a second account, ...
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Share single dropbox account between two user accounts

I have two user accounts on my MacBook, one for work and other personal. I would like to share the same dropbox account between both user accounts with read & write access. Currently I have access ...
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Why does `whoami` give a different answer than Current User in Users & Groups?

I don't recall exactly what info I was asked to provide at the time I set the mac up, which is leading to some confusion. On my mac, when I run whoami in a terminal, it tells me aerovistae, my ...
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access mount drive that was created by another user

I'm working on 10.11 instance with multiple users, and one of the standard privileged users have created mount drive. Now I'm trying to connect the same drive from terminal command line on different ...
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El Captian not showing user account after creating second one

I am using Macbook Pro with El-Captian. I had only one user account in the machine and I created one another. After creating the new one, old user account is not showing in the login screen. It is ...
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Remove “Other…” from Login screen

I've just upgraded to El Capitan from Mountain Lion, and now an "Other..." icon appears right next to my usual user-account (admin account) on the login screen. When I click on it, I can log in, as ...
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Creating a new user account using iCloud password

I am trying to create a new OS X user account using iCloud password but the option to do that isn't displayed. I am on OS X 10.11.4 According to this support document I should see an option to pick ...
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Adding Aspshell user account via terminal

Good Day, I'm new in Mac OS X (Maverick). I want to add user account (standard user) with aspshell via terminal. Any tips? Thanks.
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I want to log out of the current iCloud account on my iMac

When I click sign out in System Preferences I get an error message reading: mail was unable to delete xx@comcast.net. Relaunch Mail then sign out of iCloud again. However when I try to launch mail, it ...
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What is the root username and password for CUPS 2.1.0

I don't remember creating one and I'm just trying to print in black and white.
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How best should I delete this user

I'm new to OSX and tried to create a user from the terminal which I no longer need and which I named incorrectly. I see I can delete the user in System Preferences > Users & Groups but do I need ...
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Error while trying to create an account in single user mode on OS X Mavericks

On OS X Mavericks, I am trying to create an account using single user mode, using the following script. #! /bin/bash # create user dscl . -create /Users/hiddenuser dscl . -create /Users/hiddenuser ...
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How do I restore an account that was not deleted?

I recently had to reboot my computer, and when it finished booting my account was gone (it was not showing in the log in screen)! I got onto the admin account and found that although the user was not ...
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Strange File Appeared In My Home Folder

I just discovered a strange file in my home folder. It is titled: - The entire contents are the word: ok on the first line & a blank second line. There is no extension. It was created this past ...
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Macbook Air OSX El Capitan 10.11.3 Scrolling preferences

When I change scroll direction settings for mouse and/or trackpad they revert to default settings when I log out and log back in. Is there any way to keep my settings from session to session?
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How can I hide an existing user - El Cap

I found commands about how to create a user that is hidden, sudo dscl . create /Users/USERNAME IsHidden 1 but how can I hide an existing user?
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OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 <username>.plist can't be found

My HDD is encrypted. Accessing Terminal from Recovery Mode -> Utilities. The location /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/ doesn't contain <user>.plist. There is an user account for sure and I ...
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Mavericks Open Directory: a user can't open or modify files he's created

The OS X server & clients are on 10.9.5. I've got a client who's had some issues, various corruptions, etc.. I had to re-create the entire user, and in doing so, have some permissions issues. ...
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Password resets itself after each reboot

Macbook with OS X 10.11.3. No iCloud account, regularly updated via softwareupdate -i -r && brew update && brew cask update. Rather restrictive firewall(ing) via LittleSnitch and pf. ...
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Run script when new user logon the first time

I want to run a couple of .sh scripts when the user first login after user creation to set the correct settings. I know there is a folder (/Library/StartupItems) that let you place script for running ...
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What do i need to upgrade a Mac?

I'm a PhD student and I work with a Mac which is not mine (I mean, it's property of the university). I'd like to upgrade the OS to the most recent version (compatibly with the hardware and other stuff....
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Will changing Network Account Server remove local files?

Currently I login with a network domain account from work, on my Macbook. We need to change my domain account to a new one. I keep all my files locally on the Mac's user profile, so don't have to ...
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Can I remove admin rights from an OS X account without using the command line?

I gave my everyday OS X user account admin rights whilst trying to get a code project working. I now no longer need admin rights. However, when I log in using either my everyday account or my admin ...
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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 ...