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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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 ...
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iPad 2 & iPhone 4 - move iPad user account to iPhone account on same PC?

We currently have 2 iPhones, and ipad 2 and an iPod Touch 1st Gen. At the moment, each device has it's own "user" on Windows, so if I want ti update the iPad I login to the iPad user when I boot ...
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How to disable concurrent user login on Mountain Lion Server?

I just finished (after trying 10 Times) to set up a Mountain Lion Server on a Mac mini. We have only 10 network users with their home directory served from the server and a Drobo 5D. For reasons ...
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How to create a terminal use only account in MacOSX?

I want to create a user(say, hera) that can only be used in terminal. That is this user does not appear in the Mac welcome screen. This user can be su - hera by other users. Can I do this and how?
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Repeat Alerts not working on the iphone 5

Why doesn't the repeat alerts work on the iphone 5 for text messages? After the initial alert. It doesn't make any sounds to notify that you have an unread text despite me setting it to remind me up ...
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adding a secondary group for user via CLI in Lion is not working

I need to assign a secondary group membership to a user on a client machine running 10.7.4. In CLI edit3:~ admin$ sudo su - edit3:etc root# dseditgroup -o edit -a userA -t user QC edit3:etc root# ...
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Fast user Switching remains disabled

Even when I unlock the Fast User Switching functionality, using an admin account, the menu remains disabled. What could be causing this? And, how could I solve it?
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entered wrong password while switching users, now can't switch, log out, or sleep?

I attempted to use the fast user switching menu to switch to a different account on my mac (it's a new Macbook Pro with OS 10.8.2, but I migrated users and settings from my old mac). I misremembered ...
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Default profile with Active Directory

As a warning: I'm no specialist at all. I work as a student here and trying to help to fix the Mac environment. I might use the wrong terminology at times but I try to be as clear as possible. ...
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Creating a system/service user (update-proof)

I want to run a couple of web apps and services on my Mac. (10.8.2 Server) For every webapp/service I create a seperate user to make it more secure. (So i can sandbox them in their home directory) I ...
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update programs installed by other user (other appleID)

I use a mac install before by another user. This user installed some application like iphoto with this appleID. Now this user does not use this computer, and I want update the applications he install ...
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List of connected users

Sometimes, when need restart my Lion server, it warns me about the "connected users". How is possible to show who is connected?
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How to create user only for wiki?

Does anyone know how I would create a user, maybe by email address, that would only be able to access a specific wiki on lion server? I'm trying to allow access for clients (not OS X clients) that ...
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Where should I put my custom applications?

I have downloaded some third party software, should I just put under /Applications or should I put under my home folder, e.g. ~/MyApps/?
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User accounts cannot browse web

I have an environment with multiple iMacs (OS X 10.7.4). Every iMac has an administrative account and several user accounts. These accounts are the same across all the machines. To browse the web, ...
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Unwanted saving of proxy credentials

I'm working in an environment where several users access shared iMacs (OS X 10.7.4) using generic accounts that are shared between multiple users. However when they want to access the internet they ...
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How do I set a custom avatar for my account profile in Mountain Lion?

I just got Mountain Lion. On previous versions of OS X, I could choose a photo from the filesystem as my account avatar. This doesn't seem possible under the Users & Groups section of System ...
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How do I import only some of my data from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion?

I just did a clean install of Mountain Lion on a new drive, and I would like to import some, but not all, of my files from my Snow Leopard system installed on another drive. For example, all my ...
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How do I access the files in a deleted user account?

/Users/Abby is the home folder of a user account that has been deleted. Check out the screenshot: While logged in as work (which is no longer an account I use for work, but I can't be bothered to ...
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Why are there folders in /Users of already deleted users?

Some time ago I had a user called "xy" on my system. I have deleted the user but in the /Users directory there are folders called "xy" with a Desktop, Library etc. in it. Why are they not deleted ...
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delete a standard account and log with the admin account

I have an old Mac with one (admin) account. The mac can boot without any problem, but I don't remember the admin password. A friend of mine had the 'brilliant' idea to create a new (non-admin) user ...
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For a FileVault user of Mountain Lion: can I avoid the automated login, which normally follows unlock of the encrypted startup volume?

I have FileVault enabled with two users: AdminGuy OtherGuy. I want AdminGuy to: have the ability to unlock the HD, and therefore only he can enter a u/n + p/w at boot to start boot up have the ...
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Apache 2 `UserDir` problem in OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) Server after upgrade from Lion (10.7)

I had a Mac under OS X Lion. I upgrade it to Mountain Lion, and buy the OS X Server software in the AppStore. Since the beginning, I use the Apache version bundled in Mac OS, and it work fine. But ...
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Has the Virtual Display screen sharing been removed in Mountain Lion?

One of the great things about Lion was the Virtual Display, whereby when screen sharing you could login as a 2nd user rather than just take over the physical display. In effect it was like turning ...
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User accounts broken (in an odd state) since kernel panic in ML

MBA 11" 2012 model, ML upgraded from Lion User accounts: admin admin normal user guest Working fine for a week or so. Was logged in as 3. (a regular user), and asleep. When trying to resume the ...
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How can I temporarily suspend some users, hiding them from the login screen?

I have to manage a shared OSX workstation that is used by a rotating cast of characters throughout the year. The login screen quickly becomes cumbersome when users that aren't even around for a while ...
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Can't empty the trash after deleting user account

I had an old user account on this machine that I no longer needed and was taking up a lot of space. I removed it by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups and deleting the user. It took a ...
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Why does my home directory location keep reverting to the previous setting?

I have two hard drives in my MacBook Pro: one is a solid state drive that holds the OS and Applications, the other a spinning platter drive that holds my home directory. I currently have /Users/ian ...
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Cannot enable guest account

I cannot enable Guest Account. Logged as admin, I got at Users & Groups, select Guest User,and tick Allow guests to log on this computer. Even when ticked, "disabled" appears bellow Guest User ...
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Changed user names and now those accounts have been reset

I have 3 accounts set up on my mac. I went into the user folder on the main admin account, the names for the other two accounts in here were different to the ones on the login screen (they were the ...
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Home folder different than account name

I have to edit this question after spending a frustrating (frightening?) afternoon looking at this friend's computer. He is older and quite vulnerable (he just lost his wife), but he is ...
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Don't show a particular user account on the login page

I created a new user account that I needed for a specific program, but it doesn't represent a regular user. How do I prevent this user from showing up as an option on the login page?
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How to fix “com.apple.dock.extra: … Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of class NSApplication” in system.log

On a recently installed (from internet via Recovery Disk) 10.7.4 Lion system the system.log is filled with multiple "com.apple.dock.extra: ... Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of ...
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How do I change the owner name on my MacBook Pro?

When I use Terminal my computer says Last login: Thu Jun 7 22:00:00 on ttys000 John-Does-MacBook-Pro:~ John$ That was the default account name on the computer when I bought it. I have been using ...
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Is my system vulnerable to Apple's new password-in-clear-text bug?

With the latest Lion security update, Mac OS X 10.7.3, Apple has accidentally turned on a debug log file outside of the encrypted area that stores the user’s password in clear text. How can I ...
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Why are home folders in Mac OS X located in /Users, and not /home?

My question is as title stated. Why mac osx user directory located at /Users, but not /home? Because /home is the default directory of user's home of Unix and Linux.
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MacBook Pro randomly shutting down

I have the latest MacBook Pro and am finding that it is randomly shutting down when switching users. This does not happen every time but has happened 7-10 times since I bought it. Should I get it ...