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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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...
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Xcode 5.1.1 crashes on 10.9.5 Mavericks when run in User Account but runs in Guest Account

Model Name: iMac Model Identifier: iMac9,1 Processor Name: Intel Core 2 Duo Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz Number of Processors: 1 Total Number of Cores: 2 L2 Cache: 6 MB Memory: 4 GB Bus ...
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Mac App store apps use a different user ID so I can't install updates

The OSX Mavericks machine that I use for work has Keynote, Pages, and Numbers installed under the company's Apple ID. (It was purchased in December 2012, pre-Mavericks. It was recently wiped and ...
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Detect if logged in user is network active directory user or local user

When a User logs in to os x , I want to detect if user is a local user or a network account user based on which I have to allow my app to run. Couldn't find any solution which tells that current ...
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Hide some applications from other users

I need to make use of a beta version of Xcode and so I created a second account on my machine, account B. I wish to install the beta Xcode onto account B such that account A is not able to see this ...
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Put entire OS X home folder into Google Drive

I know it's possible to relocate the home folder on the mac to somewhere other than /Users/[username]. But would it be possible to move it to, say, /Users/[username]/Google Drive without messing up ...
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Change guest account photo in Mavericks?

In Mavericks, how do you change the user account photo to something other than that gray silhouette? I've searched for an answer to this question and it seems people figured it out in Mountain Lion ...
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Is it possible to remove the “Shared” folder under Users?

Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?
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OSX Server: should I use Open Directory?

I'm currently setting up an OSX Server (Mavericks) in a small company (10.9 on the clients as well), and I'm trying to decide what the best approach is to manage accounts. The accounts will not be ...
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Script to delete all User files automatically

I'm searching a tool that deletes all personal files of an user account automatically. We have a small network of new Imacs for students and they save all kind of stuff on the harddrive. So we want ...
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Automount SMB share at specific location

Here's my problem, I want to automatically mount a network share at a specific location without the requirement of the user entering any details. The share must be mounted in a user specific folder. ...
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User account creation date time?

I am using a shared mac in which a new user account was created by another user. I want to know the dateTime of the account creation. Is there a way to find it out without asking the peer?
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User permissions prevent me from loading the Security & Privacy settings — how do I fix this?

I can't seem to load the System Preferences > Security & Privacy settings pane. I inadvertantly changed admin settings on my machine and since then I've been unable to access my documents and ...
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Can't save files to Windows SMB share

I've been experiencing this since I got my new MacBook... At my job, we work I'm a Microsoft environment. Our servers use SMB3. Our IT deptartment also doesn't officially support Macs. We also use ...
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Administrator priviliges request dialog does not accept my password

I have recently installed OS X version 10.9 on my MacBook Pro. When I start it, it doesn't require any password but when I try to install Adobe Flash Player or other plugins I am asked to approve the ...
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Download app on someone else's device?

If I sign into someone's ipod to download something, using my ID & password and forget to logout, will I be able to locate the device using Find My iphone?
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How to launch Google Drive in another user's session?

This is basically a follow up of a very similar broader question. Say I have two users, foo and bar. Only foo is logged in. If I manually log bar in I could set up Google Drive to auto start under ...
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How can I set a user-specific environment variable that includes a space character?

I'd like to add an environment variable for a specific account where the variable has a space. It seems that editing .bash_profile like below doesn't work: export ENV_VAR=“/Applications/Android ...
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How to disable account on OS X Mavericks

I have an account on my OS X Mavericks system that I want to disable so it cannot be used for login. I would not like to delete the account permanently but rather disable it temporarily. I believe ...
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Adding a username alias using the command line

How do I add a username alias using the command line? I can do it fine using the preferences dialog through the "Advanced Options", but I need to do it during an installation script. Can someone ...
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Using vmware fusion on one account while fast user switching

I want to create a standard mac user called vmware to run multiple VMs. If I fast user switch, will those VMs become suspended or inaccessible? I don't want to use the VMs from my user account, but ...
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OS X 10.9 - Home Directory for Share Only Account?

I created a new Share Only user account but I am not able to find the home directory for this account in Finder, or under /Users. I know for sure that the account was created correctly, because when ...
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Outlook 2011 cannot delete account

Recently migrated work email to office365, therefore, all of our users have a new account on a new exchange server. Added this without fuss, but upon trying to remove the obsolete account outlook ...
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Understanding the 'staff' user group

It's known that all users are members of the 'staff' group. If you setup a standard user and create any file, a list of that file in the terminal with 'ls -la' shows the user group to be 'staff'. ...
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How to fix a damaged user account?

So I'm riding the Mavericks, I mean I'm using OS X 10.9.2. :) I played around with the account settings and now the account is damaged. Below is exactly how I damaged it. I wanted to change my ...
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Applications assume Home folder to be /home/{user}

All my apps have started identifying Home folder as /home/{user} rather than /Users/{user}. This is causing them not to be able to launch as they can't be launched due to inability to write/read from ...
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Can I have an audio stream that plays continuously regardless of what user is logged in?

(I suspect the short answer is "no," but I wanted to make sure.) I have two accounts on my MBA (work and personal). During the work day, the computer is also playing my music. When I need to switch ...
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how to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch?

How to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch? I apparently need to pad out this qwuestion, so i will add that it makes me dizzy thank you!
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Dropbox asking for permissions to wrong folder after changing account name

I just got a new macbook and is now installing apps to it. After setting up Dropbox and everything else, I decided that I wanted to change the account name (which was previously "mac") to my name. ...
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Deleted user still appears on system startup screen

Recently, I had to setup a user for the Apple Hardware replacement team in my local Apple Store on my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.9.2 called "apple". After the repair, I deleted the user via Users &...
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Create network user with remote home folder

I have Mac Server with OpenDirectory configured. Then I create some network users with home folder located on server. Due to the high bandwidth of user usage, I want to add another server that only ...
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Make the most out of a mac without admin account

So. I've got this laptop from work. Big corporate enterprise. Bureaucracy can't give me an admin privileges so I'm stuck with what I can install at my home folder. Got lucky it came with a C compiler ...
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Changed user name but files are now unaccessible

I changed the home user name using http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1428 and now search in Mail and Finder only show me files I've accessed since the change. This is a major issue for me. How can I fix ...
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iMac Multi-user and notifications

I always used my iMac alone and now I'm about to share it with someone but the multi-user thing is quite new to me. I know we can't have more than one Apple ID (iCloud, itunes etc..) by session so we ...
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Login window hangs upon user login

When I want to fast user switch from user A to user B, a login window appears where I enter user B's password. When I'm done, a rotating progress indicator spins for a couple seconds, until user B ...
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Way to logout a user from the command line in OS X 10.9

I want to logout my Mac OS X from the command line. My OS X version is 10.9. I tried command pkill -KILL -u uid, but this command didn't work out. Is there a command that can be used to log out a user ...
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In Terminal, where it displays XXX@YYY , what is XXX and what is YYY?

I transferred a backup to a new mac. However the names got changed, and one has a -2 added to it. Now my terminal reads name@name-2 -$. In Finder it appears like so: `name (2)` `HardDriveName` ...
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New User added through terminal does not show up

I was trying to add a new superuser from the terminal with the following commands from here. dscl . -create /Users/testuser dscl . -create /Users/testuser UserShell /bin/bash dscl . -create /Users/...
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Run app as a different user (automator) [duplicate]

i'd like to be able to open an app as a different user. For example PC1 is my main account and PC7 is my secondary one. I can achieve the effect in terminal using su - pc7 insert password /...
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“Unable to delete the user account” in Users & Groups?

On OS 10.9.2, with permissions unlocked, my admin user gets "Unable to delete the user account [username]" when I click the "minus" delete button. I checked the option to archive the user in the ...
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How to prevent iTunes from stopping when switching users?

iTunes stops playing when you switch users under Mac OS X. This has been the case for rather long. I agree that this is the most sensible behaviour. After all, the user that has switched herself in ...
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“newgrp: too many groups” - why is it complaining?

In my earlier question, I got a response recommending the "newgrp" command. It diligently did the job of putting my desired group at the "top of the list" for the "id" command, but, why does it also ...
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Command Line - How do I change the order of a user's group memberships?

I have a troublesome Mac OS X server to deal with. When I ask for my current group membership using this: $ groups | perl -p -e 's/ /\n/g' I get a list of 20+ groups! cactuar com.apple.sharepoint....
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User Conflict- Mavericks

My home folder is called admin. However, I am signed in as John and there is no admin user. John is an administrative user. Shouldn't the home folder show the signed-in user name? This may or may ...
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Mavericks: User no longer owner of Home folder and content

One of the Users (called: The_Problematic_User) of a Mavericks installed MacBook Pro is no longer owner of the Home folder and content. Here's what we've tried to no avail: restart computer and log ...
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OSX Mavericks doesn't reboot/shutdown/logout from menubar

sudo reboot or sudo halt works when executed from terminal. But, Apple Logo -> Shutdown/Restart/Log Out User doesn't work. Strangely, Apple Logo -> Sleep works. I've executed bunch of defaults write ...
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Is it possible to delete or lower the permissions of the current account?

Exactly what the title says. I would love to know if you can fully delete or lower the permissions of an admin account that is currently in use (from aforementioned account). Thank you in advance!
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Is there way to know when last logged in and out?

Is it possible to know when I last time logged in and out? I would prefer to access this information from Terminal, but a GUI tool is also okay.
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Possible to add a password to the guest account on Mavericks?

I have a very precocious four-year-old who absolutely adores computers. We gave him his own login with which we control his access carefully. The problem is the guest account. It requires no password,...
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MacOS X Randomly Logs out while working

A friend of mine experiences the following behaviour while using a macbook quite normally (no heavy loads, etc.). She is returned to her log in screen and apparently logged out, because after logging ...