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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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 ...
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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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What to do when I login to my user and turns black with spinning wheel?

When I restart it, it bring me to all the user but all the users work just fine except mine, when I login, it turns black with spinning wheel, the loading froze and just the spinning wheel and my ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...