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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Mac OS X Server user can't change password

I have non-admin users who need to change their password. The passwd command is apparently limited to administrators. On the Server website, there's a change password link, but it doesn't work, and ...
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Mavericks - User Account unavailable at login

I have a Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I was using it just fine, stepped away and it had gone into powersave mode. Upon my return I turned it back on, no response, so I held the power down for a ...
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What is daemon user on mac?

I installed XAMPP on mac and it uses the user daemon. I have trouble accessing an external site that I have setup for which I am getting "Access Denied" error. This is likely because daemon user does ...
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What are all the OS X special user folders?

I know OS X has a ~/Sites folder with its own icon for keeping your websites, and it isn't there by default, you have to create it. Are there more folders similar to this one that receive special ...
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OS X Samba file sharing continuously asks for password

I'm trying to share my MacBook's files via Samba sharing. I've set it up in Settings, but can't connect to the machine from another computer! On the other computer I set up the connection with the ...
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Unable to create Mobile Account on AD Connected Mavericks Machine

Whenever I try to login as an AD user to an OS X Mavericks Macbook Pro it says unable to create mobile account. I do have the AD settings set to create a mobile account on login so that is correct but ...
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What are 'com.apple.access_ssh' and 'com.apple.access_screensharing'; can I delete them?

When I examine the list of users and groups on my machine (OSX 10.9) with id I get: uid=501(Rax) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff) 103(Rax), 12(everyone), 61(localaccounts), ...
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Mounted encrypted disk images are accessible by other users

Is it normal that mounted encrypted disk images appear on the other user's desktop as well if you have two different users at the same computer? This phenomena has been around for some time now. I ...
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Fixing two user groups with the same ID

Suddenly, my home directory is in the group messagebus instead of the usual staff.(I blame texlive for this, but have no evidence.) The problem is that both groups have the same ID: $ dscl . -read ...
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Can I safely change my account's username?

My Mac username is set to 'John', and I hate looking at the capital 'J' and would like to set it to 'john'. I see the advanced option in the Users & Groups settings, but I want to make sure that ...
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Profile Pictures in Wiki OSX Server

I created 10+ users on my osx server (10.8.5) and enabled the wiki-service. It works! But when I log in to the wiki using Safari on another mac, all my colleagues profile pictures are missing. I DO ...
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Logged out user running programs

We use a cloud backup programme on a machine running osx 10.8 that has several users, the programme is set to auto run every day at 21:00, we run this from the Admin account, but if any of the other ...
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Remove HTC Sync Manager from autostart

Every time I start my laptop, the HTC Sync Manager is launched automatically. I don't mean the automounter which is started when you connect your phone. I mean the the HTC Sync Manager itself which is ...
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“Sharing only” account not visible in “Users & Groups” since Mavericks

Before upgrading to Mavericks, I had a "Sharing only" account called "Shared" with a password, which I used to allow other computers to connect to my Mac. However, since upgrading to Mavericks, this ...
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Multiple OS X installations but all login to one profile

I have multiple installations of OS X (10.6 and 10.8) on separate partitions of the same HDD but when I login to 10.8, it access the profile on the 10.6 installation. How can I get it to use the ...
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How to enable fast user switching when Login Options are disabled?

I'm not sure how this machine was setup, but I do have control over it now as a local admin. I need to enable fast user switching, but the option is greyed out along with some others. This is after ...
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What is the Computer name that appears on new Macbooks ?

I'm selling my Macbook online and I want to reset the name of the computer to the generic name as if it's completely new from the apple store. In system preferences > sharing > Computer name. I forgot ...
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My account picture has changed when I restarted my mac

I restarted my MacBook Pro (Mac OS X Version 10.7.5) and I realized that my account picture which I had it when I first set up my Mac is replaced by a default picture. I couldn't find my original ...
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OS 10.8.5 - Finder craziness in one user account on iMac

I have created three main user accounts on my new iMac. Two of them are running glitch-free, but the last one is acting up. Most noticeably, the Finder indicator in the dock turns on and off ...
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What Solution(s) Exist to Rectify A Corrupt User Account in OS X? [closed]

This is a theoretical question, which hasn't happened to me (yet), but could affect many people. Assuming one has only one admin user account and apart from wiping the hard drive and doing a fresh ...
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Active directory vs local user names

I have a Mac that I'm going to bind to an Active Directory system. The user has however created a local acct with a username that matches the username they will have in active directory. What will ...
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MacBook Core2Duo OSX 10.8 GetInfo on my user account says Mac (me) not username

When I log in to my account Phil and view the sharing and permissions on my home directory it says I have custom access and the name is "Mac (Me)" when I expect it to be "Phil (Me)". It shows as a ...
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How can I prevent changing of networks?

Is there a ways to prevent people from changing wireless networks and other networks? Does Apple have any kind of ACLs or something like Windows where you can control what the users can do?
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Rename home directory without causing double Time Machine backup

I want to rename the my home directory (/Users/thisone), using this technique. However, I just started using Time Machine, and with 200 GB of data in my home directory; what will happen? Will the ...
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where is keychains of my lost user account

I lost my user in Mountain Lion and I forced to create a new user account. I access to my previous user's folders now. How can I find my previous keychains? I need to recover them and add into my new ...
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How to launch a GUI application in another user's graphical session?

I'm trying to figure out how to launch a GUI application as another user that's logged in interactively, in that user's graphical session. For example, say I have two users, foo and bar. Both are ...
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Default 'Authentication Required' dialog username

I've got a 13" MBP running 10.8. I recently changed my full name of my account, but whenever I get an authentication dialog, it has pre-filled in my old full name. Is there anywhere to change this ...
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How to unbind from active directory while preserving a user account?

My account is associated with an active directory of a previous company i was working at. What is the best way to unbind my account from the AD without losing my files? I have admin access to the ...
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Programmatically setting Terminal default settings for all users?

I'm trying to set up some standard terminal settings for all users across our system on all machines. I've tried to use the defaults write cmd in a LoginHook script, but since it seems that terminal ...
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Do I have to restore my Mac if I've forgotten the admin password?

I've got an external hard drive which I've hooked up to time machine, I have multiple Mac's but the one in question I am unable to remember the administrator password, which is a pain when trying to ...
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How do i replace an apple ID on a used iPhone 4?

I have given my dad my old iPhone 4, and I bought a new 4S. He put a new sim card in and used the phone but now 'his' contacts have appeared on my new iPhone i.e. the old phone retains my apple id. ...
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Updates for different user on work mac

My office is the only one in my place of business that uses macs (I guess I just lucked out with a boss who insisted on macs), so I.T. has no idea what to do for this situation. The person who I ...
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Network user losing administrative privileges after shutdown

Running into a strange problem with a newly deployed iMac running 10.8.4, bound to Open Directory & Active Directory, data migrated (via Migration Assistant) from an older iMac running 10.7... ...
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Is it possible to create a user without a home directory?

I want to create a user to run tomcat on my system and was wondering if it is possible to create a user without a home directory like it is possible in linux.
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How to keep monitor off when logging in remotely

I'm managing an 8-core mac server (fully updated to Mac OSX 10.8.4, all other software is up to date). Multiple users can login remotely to use the machine. Whenever someone logs in remotely, the ...
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OSX App Store updates with multiple users

My mac has several users. If I want to "update" an app, it says only the original user can do the update. But I don't have access to his account! How can I either: Update apps from another user ...
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On login, I am only given the Guest user option. How do I log into my account?

I tried to add a guest account to my laptop and when I restarted the computer, the only login option I have is the Guest Account. Choosing this account restarts the computer into the Safari-only ...
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Listing RealNames of all the users of an Open Directory group in MAC OS X

I was looking an older post (http://superuser.com/questions/279891/list-all-members-of-a-group-mac-os-x/395738#395738) and I tried the code that the user Arne Stenström posted. members () { dscl . ...
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Legitimate user or hacker -Terminal?

I have recently used the terminal and entered the command sudo -s and then dscl . -list /users so I could see all accounts/users who have access to my mac. How do I know which names are supposed to ...
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Setting defaults for Magic Mouse

When I log on the Guest user, the Magic Mouse settings are not as I want them to be. E.g., I would always like the right click enabled and the tracking speed set to fast, but these settings default to ...
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Remove old user from Remote Login permissions list

On OS X 10.8 I deleted a user account which had Remote Login permissions. Now, in the Sharing tab of System Preferences, that user shows up as "Unknown User", and clicking the minus button won't ...
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Using rsyncd with the system users rather than a separate rsyncd userlist?

Is it possible to use rsyncd with the system users rather than a separate user list (something like how SSH works)? How? All tutorials I have read specifies a separate user list. Any good reason to ...
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How to specify group id for a user-defined group

When I set up my accounts in Snow Leopard Server, I was able to give an explicit group id to my user-defined groups using the old Workgroup Manager. Now that I've updated to Mountain Lion Server, I ...
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Can I disable Google Software Update for a selected user account?

From this help file I know I can disable Google Software Update using: $ defaults write com.google.Keystone.Agent checkInterval 0 Does this work for all accounts or just the current user account? I ...
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Allow users to update certain applications

I am the admin for my company's Mac users. Apps that I initially installed, such as Adobe apps, MS Office, Firefox, etc., all require an admin password to install updates. In order to avoid the snide ...
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Country changed and purchases are no longer visible

I changed country no on purpose. On the day of creating account I had Russian store because there was no Kyrgyzstan country and my Kyrgyzstan cart was accepted for russian store. Because Kyrgystan in ...
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You are unable to log in to the user account “user_name” at this time

I have a Mountain Lion server and two Mountain Lion clients. I have two network users. From one of the clients I can log on using either of these two accounts, from the other I cannot log using ...
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How can you manage permissions about which users can Add/Modify other users?

I know in the unix world, if you wanted to be granular about whether a user could modify user accounts, you can specify whether they can sudo the useradd usermod commands. I am not just looking for ...
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Very long login times in Mac OS X

I am experiencing an issue with OS X 10.8.3, where it takes a very long time to login. It seems like it has something to do with which network I am connected to. Explanation of the issue: I get ...
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Recreate unknown users on crashed mac

About a month back one of our Macs crashed and we had to restore it. The computer had an external drive connected to it and all the data is still there. Though some of the users are "missing". If we ...