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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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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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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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 ...
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git doesn't work anymore after moving user home to external drive

I've moved my users home directory from /Users/romeovs to /Volumes/DATA/home and ever since I get a git error. Whenever I use git clone or git init it replies: fatal: Failed to expand user dir in: ...
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Default permissions for new users in OS X Server

I'm creating mobile users in MT Lion Server through Workgroup Manager 10.8. I've set it up so that when the user logs in to the client machine, the network share point auto mounts. This gives access ...
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How to share .bashrc files between two mac user accounts

I have set up two user logins on my computer, one for home and one for work. I would like to be able to share any of my bash and vim settings between the two users. Is there anyway to do this? Thus ...
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Can I move System/User folders to separate disks?

Here's the deal: I have a Macbook Pro 6,2 – I think late 2010 model. I have two mismatched drives with the same speeds. A 750GB Momentus XT, that SSD HDD hybrid, and the Seagate Momentus 500GB. Both ...
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Using TimeMachine backups after changing (short) username on OS X?

I changed my (short) username on OS X Mountain Lion using the instructions mentioned here. I am guessing that would sort of invalidate all the TimeMachine backups I had till now. Is there a way to ...
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Parental controls not logging off user

We are successfully using Parental controls to limit our childrens time by the computer. However I can't seem to be able to make the system log off the user when the time limit runs out. Since there ...
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Old home folder not recognized after upgrade, how to recover?

Upon first boot after updating from 10.6.x to 10.8.x my friend started creating a new user account rather than importing the old one. When I look in ~/Users/.. I see /new_account and /old_account, ...
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Putting line-breaks in the (Mountain) Lion lock screen message

On Mountain Lion, in the [Security & Privacy] pane of System Preferences, you can enter a lock screen message that gets displayed on the login/lock screen. Sometimes, you might want to put a line ...
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Accidentally locked out of Mac

I removed the staff group and closed my finder window (yes I am a fool for doing this). After closing the window, I effectively lost access to everything on my "Macintosh HD". I re-booted and was ...
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How do I change the order in which login items execute under OS X 10.8.2?

If I remember right, in earlier versions of OS X, it was possible to "drag-and-drop" to rearrange Login Items so that they start in a different order. Under OS X 10.8.2 this doesn't seem to work. ...
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Multiuser - can process of background user kept running?

On my Mac I use three user accounts. From what I understand when I'm logged in as one the processes of the other accounts are suspended. I switch between them with fast user switching. My question is ...
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How do I enable a standard account to SSH in?

I have SSH working fine on my Mac. I created a new "standard" account but I can't ssh in with it? Why is this and how do I remedy it?
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What steps are needed to create a new user from the command line on Mountain Lion?

What commands (or script) can create a fully functional user account on Mountain Lion, running only from the command line via terminal or ssh. It looks like an existing pair of answers might work, ...
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How can one user be faster than the other?

On our 10.6.8 Mac Mini Late 2009 Edition, we have 4 users, 3 of which are in regular use. One is mine, let's call it 'a'. The second one is someone else's, let's call it 'b'. The third one we both ...
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How do I change the “primary group” for an existing user?

My current primary group (the gid I see listed by id) is me, rather than staff. I'd like to change it to staff, without changing anything else about my user account. How do I change the "primary ...
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creating a new user in Mac will it reset everything?

I want to reset all my configurations trying to install MySQL & other development stuff through the terminal on my Macbook and start fresh. Cause it was my first time do this & I think I made ...
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How to restore a backup to a user account? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to restore from a Time Machine backup when there is already a user account set up? We just sold my wife's MacBook Air, and we're going to try sharing my MacBook Pro ...