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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What is the significance of the aliases field in the user preferences?

Under: System Preferences > Users & Groups > Advanced Options > Aliases: There are 2 lines. One is my Apple ID. The second is in the form com.apple.idms.GUID What is the significance of these ...
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Cannot create hidden user in Yosemite

I am currently trying to make a hidden user on Yosemite. I have tried to follow tutorials from this site, however when I run the command sudo dscl . append /Groups/<real_name> GroupMembership &...
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Services From One Boot Drive Have Installed Themselves On Clean Install Of Another OS On Different Boot Drive

I have a Mac Mini Server with two internal SSDs. Until today, I had only ever installed an OS, Mt. Lion, on one of those drives and the other had remained largely empty, except for when I needed to ...
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Users & Groups: Change Account Name, but not Home Directory?

Using a company computer and creating files and whatnot, it always lists the author as being 'pseudonym'•. Through advanced settings in Users & Groups, I can change the the Account name (ie, the ...
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Black Screen With Cursor on Logout in Yosemite

This is specifically occurring on Yosemite Macs that have been NetRestored. Initial login works fine. However, when restarting the Mac or logging out of the user, a black screen appears with only the ...
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Why can a user on OS X open some directories of other users?

I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can ...
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How to recover a deleted account (the home account was also deleted)

I am running a mac osx version 10.9.5 I have 2 administrators running in my mac (admin A and admin B). admin A is the primary account that I am using and it contains all my files there. I was ...
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Merging two accounts on a Macbook Pro with OS X Yosemite

I'm a first time MacBook owner and have recently completed the data transfer from my Windows Laptop to my Mac. As a result of this, I now have two separate profiles and would like to merge them into ...
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Yosemite One User Hangs After Login, Other Works

I turned on my computer yesterday to have it hang after login with user A. The desktop loads but (sometimes my icons appear, sometimes they don't) but as soon as I try to do anything with my mouse, it ...
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How do I add a user and group with a specific ID

This is the method in Linux: groupadd -g 5000 vmail useradd -g vmail -u 5000 vmail -d /var/mail How is it done in OS X?
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Accidentally created user with duplicate UID. How to fix?

I accidentally created a user with a duplicate UID. I need advice on how to fix this predicament. As you can see, running dscl shows two users with the same uid: dscl . -list /Users uid | sort -nrk ...
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Unable to delete standard user account

I have an administration acct and a standard acct in my computer. I go to delete the standard but, after unlocking the lock, it does not allow me to select the standard, only the adm. What am I doing ...
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Check if an OS X user is an administrator?

In a script, how can I check if user "Bill" is a member of the admin group (group 80)? I plan to use this in a script to check if he is and if he is not, make him an admin user.
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How to recover the name of a non-system volume containing all user folders in Mac OS X Lion?

I have done something stupid and need help: I have 3 external drives attached to my Mac and in an attempt to make the partition names more meaningful, I renamed them using finder/get info. My user ...
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Two Login Screens with different accounts on both

I have a user that was having an issue with his mac where only 1 administrative account was showing up. He'd log in, then have to log out and could see the other two accounts (his personal account ...
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Reviewing documents in Word for Mac - unable to change user name for commenting

I am reviewing a document on behalf of someone. I use Track Changes and I am inserting comments. I want the name of the my colleague to appear in the comments and not mine (mine appears by default as ...
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How do i get back my old user account after upgrading to OS X Yosemite 10.10.2?

Recently I upgraded a Mac to OS X Yosemite. When upgrading, a new user account was unintentionally created. Now, that newly created user account is being "recognized" as the main account [note:on this ...
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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How to log out and log in without password

I tried this before but I can't do it now.Look like it's a special log in screen I get,it's useful,so I wanna do it again,I rarely remember how to what is it.like use fast user switching,I don't need ...
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Admin vs firstname and lastname

I've been using OS X since Lion. I'm a sole user of my Mac. When I log into the Mac, I log in as Admin. Also, in System Preferences, under Users & Groups, the Current User is listed as Admin. ...
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Installing Network Link Conditioner for All Users (Yosemite)

I'm currently deploying "Network Link Conditioner" out to my web team. It's the latest version from the Apple Developer Website (October 16, 2014 from Hardware IO Tools) and I'm installing it on 10.10 ...
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How to share directory alias between user accounts

I'm having trouble using aliases across user accounts. I have two existing directories: /Users/foo/stuff /Users/bar/stuff I'd like to alias /Users/foo/stuff to be accessible at /Users/Shared/...
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Flawed user permissions: cannot save files or open programs

I'm on OSX 10.9.1 and I changed settings on my user folder. As far as I can remember I "only" pressed cmd + i on the user folder and under access rights I chose apply to all sub folders. Don’t ask me ...
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Remove my full name from startup screen

Whenever I open the computer the login screen shows up with my account picture and full name. Is there any way to remove it or replace it with the account name or something like that?
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cannot change icloud account email address

when I go to icloud on my iphone 4s is says verifying email address. It will not let me click on any of the settings to turn off my phone or will not let me change the email address because it is ...
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Share Desktop folders between admin and managed accounts?

I'm thinking of trying to minimize distractions while doing homework by locking myself in an account managed by self-inflicted parental controls. My problem is, I don't want to not have access to my ...
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How could passwords on OSX keychain for one user end up in another?

Our home MacBook has two users on it: my wife's and mine. This morning we noticed when logged in as my wife's user that in the KeyChain Access it has all of my web passwords. Including passwords I ...
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What are the valid users that need to exist on Mac OS X

For example with CleanMyMac username option I can see users like "Kerberos FAST Account", com.apple.calendarserver and large number of others all with system privileges with id 260 or below except ...
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How to unlink Apple account from laptop?

I'm going to have to trade in my work laptop and it's connected right now to my personal Apple account for things like the app store etc. How do I unlink the Apple account before I get a new computer?
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Is there any way to run Network Link Condition from a Standard User account?

There is a known issue in Network Link Conditioner where if you install it in the normal way (Xcode > Open Developer Tool > More Developer Tools > Install Hardware Tools) it will run from an Admin ...
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Apps crashing on one user only

Random apps are crashing as soon as they open, such as Acrobat, Word, Distiller and a few other smaller apps. I tried opening the apps on a 2nd user account and they open fine. I have also tried ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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Changed Username, Broke Everything

I changed a username in Yosemite, and now everything under that username is wrecked. Chrome won't work at all, saying it can't read or write to a data file. All of my son's Minecraft data is ...
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What is “Other” account on OS X Yosemite login screen?

I am using OS X Yosemite. I am seeing 2 accounts on my login screen. One is my account and the other has the name "Other". What account is that? When I click on it, there is no username. When I try to ...
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Can't fix an user account in Mavericks (frozen)

My regular user account on my Macbook Pro running Mavericks froze and I had to shut down the computer with the power button, but every time I restart the computer and login my user account it freezes ...
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New Activaction [duplicate]

I bought a iPod 5 over the summer as a Christmas gift for my daughter. I purchased it from an estate sale; as it appeared to be in working order. However, my daughter tryed to setup her own iCloud ...
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How to install MacPorts on user-only account?

On my Mac I use an Admin and an everyday User account (without admin / sudo privileges). Currently I am setting up a new Yosemite system and found that after installing MacPorts (using its installer), ...
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How can I prevent Parental Controls from repeatedly popping up?

Problems I have are following with parental controls (on children account): If I limit applications, some applications that run on startup are constantly popping up, it does not matter if I click ok ...
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My computer logs out and sleeps after two or three songs play on itunes

Recently I did some updating on my computer just to make the display better, change sleep length (extended, not shortened), and to add hot corners. Well, now when we play up to two or three songs ...
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Which user name do I need to remotely log into my Mac?

My username in the Mac login screen ("My Name", there is a space) doesn't match the one in Finder and terminal ("anothername"). Which one is my real username? The reason I'm asking is that I want to ...
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Citizen Erased: My Mac deleted my user account! Please help

The last time I used my user account I was browsing the net and sending an email with the built in Mail app. But I accidentally unplugged the Mac and when it came back, my user account wasn't on the ...
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Mac Reset Password Prompt/Script

So, I'm setting up Mac's for new users. I create their profile and give a default password (the same one) to each new user. My question is, when the user goes into the computer for the first time(it ...
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Mac needs to repair library after changing location of home directory

I recently reinstalled Yosemite to fix the notorious WiFi bug, and i have two hard drives, one SSD which i reserve for apps and boot, and the other HDD for data (including user data). I started up my ...
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how to delete an administrator on yosemite

My roommate moved out. He and i are both administrators on my iMac. How can I delete him? I have tried going into system preferences, users & groups, but even after I unlock it I cannot make any ...
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Updated to OS X Yosemite, everything has deleted

So I've already tried to find a solution on Google, but I'm not really good at following some broad IT instructions. If you guys could help, that's be more than awesome! After I installed OS X ...
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Convert domain account to local account

I see this Apple article on converting a local user account to a network user account: http://support.apple.com/kb/ht5338 However, I'd like to do it in reverse. I'm comfortable with some of the steps,...
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Can't connect user without the home directory to Mac OS Server

When I try to connect user WITHOUT home directory - services only to the Mac OS X Server 3.1.2 on Mavericks I get the error: Oct 30 12:55:17 Cassandra515i.local rpcsvchost[10115]: passwd entry ...
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OS X: find hours in use

Is there a way I can parse a log in OS X to determine the total time the computer has been in use? By "in use", I mean logged in and not in sleep mode. If there is no such pre-existing log, is there ...
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Change Appstore user from MacBook?

I bought a used MacBook Pro, and I need to update some software. When I click the 'update all' button to proceed, it asks for the App Store password of the old user's account: How do I remove the ...
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Shared folder on one mac

I have two users. In "Get Info" I shared a User1 folder with the User2. But how can I access the folder from the User2 account?