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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username different in Terminal and System Preferences

I am new to Mac. Recently I realized something for usernames. When I type whoami in Terminal. It returns apple. However in System Preferences>Users and Groups" there is only one user and it says ...
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Video Stutter With Multiple Logged-In Users

I'm experiencing significant video playback stuttering when there are other users logged in in the background via Fast User Switching. I'm not sure if this is do to a recent change to my user setup, ...
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Is it possible to sort the user accounts in the login dialog?

Is this possible to change the order of the different user accounts in the login dialog box ?
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Can I start an application as another user without actually switching users?

Is there a way to start an application as another user so that the started application would use the other user's preferences/history/resources et al? For example: I've logged in as Alice and I'd ...
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Limiting a standard user to use 50 GB of the hard drive

I have added a standard user for my brother on my Mac Mini, and I would like to limit the amount of space he can use on my hard drive, but I can't see where I can set this kind of restrictions. I ...
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What Does A “There is a user sharing this computer…” Window Mean?

I was trying to turn off my Macbook Pro and suddenly got this message. As far as I know, there's no reason why this should be happening. Anyone want to fill me in on some possibilities?
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Is fast user switching in Lion disabling the network connection for the accounts that aren't active?

With 10.6, I routinely had two accounts logged into the Mac while I was working - my personal and my work account. I switched between them as needed and this worked fine. For example, if I had an IM ...
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I noticed a .myPassword file in my home folder root. Is this supposed to be there?

I ran "$ ls -a" in Terminal from my home directory and it listed a .myPassword file which contained my user account password. Is this file where the password is stored? It seems like it should not be ...
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How do I fully relocate my user's home directory to another disk?

I installed Lion on a new disk today and let the migration assistant move users, applications and stuff from my internal disk to the SSD connected via FW800. So far everything works great. Because I ...
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Why is my Magic TrackPad losing functionality after Fast User Switching several times?

Basically, after using Fast User Switching to go back and forth between my wife's login and my own, we begin to experience loss of capactive touch functions on the Magic TrackPad. This occurred on ...
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I can't delete or reset password on accounts in Snow Leopard

I have this strange situation in Mac OS X (10.6.8) wherein 2 accounts cannot be deleted nor can I reset their passwords. If I try to reset their passwords I get "Reset Password Failed". I have tried ...
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Combining users on OSX 10.6.8

I just bought a new mac and when migrating my old to my new mac, I accidentally put it in a different user. Is there a way, I can combine both users?
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User UUIDs on different Macs

I have three Macs at the house and have the same user account setup on each of them. The users on two of the machines were initially set up using migration assistant to transfer user accounts. When ...
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How can protect all privacy from someone that needs to use my Mac?

A friend of mine is going to stay here for two days, and I am sure he will need to ask me to use the Mac (and PC) in the study room. (which will be tons of work to move them and no matter where they ...
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Find logged on user and network home directory with a bash script

I am trying to use a script to find the username and home directory of the user that is currently logged on to a Mac. This is what I have, and it works, but is there a better (i.e. simpler) way to do ...
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Change Account Password to Blank

I recently changed an account password by accident, and was wondering how to set it back to a blank password via the shell. I have root privileges. Please help :) passwd USER doesn't accept blank ...
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User rights of a super user and the administrator

I'm used to "classic" unixoid user right system with a machine running a normal user, as main account, and a super user (or root account), just for maintenance or configuration purposes. Then I was ...
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How do I clean up the simple finder for a parental controlled account?

We gave our son a parental controlled account on the iMac (Snow Leopard) and while we were able to limit the apps, we don't even want him to see the restricted apps. Plus, he is using the "Simple ...
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How to add user to a group on command line?

With Linux/Unix, I can use useradd -G developers vivek to add vivek to the developer group. How can I do the same thing with Mac OS X? Then, how do I check if vivek is in developers group?
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opening an app in a shell script with sudo

I'm trying to open an app that listens to port 25 within a shell script. In order to listen to port 25, I need to run the app with sudo. So I tried the following: sudo open appThatNeedsPort25 It ...
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Restoring User from Compressed Disk Image

Is it possible to restore a user's account and home folder from a compressed disk image of the Macintosh HD? The image was created using Disk Utility.
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How to change my name in OSX?

I have entered my name with a typo when I first started my MacBook Pro. Now whenever I open iChat or whenever I send an E-Mail the typo is still there. Where do I change the name? I have change the ...
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Is it possible for two users to remotely log in to a Mac simultaneously?

Can two users share a Mac remotely? What software would be used? I'm wondering if this is a viable idea for two developers to share a Mac for app development.
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How to get rid of the “Other…”-Account on the login screen?

Suddenly my MBP shows an "Other..."-Account on the login screen. I searched for a solution to get rid of it and found a couple of answers that say I have somehow activated/enabled the root user. All I ...
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User folder on 2nd partition with link?

I have a hackintosh system. Fully working one. I have a secondary partition called "Storage". I would like to move my user folder from /Users/"Username" to "Storage"/"Username". Afterward create a ...
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Error 'USBDeviceOpen failed' only with my user account when using PowerMate USB Controller. OK with fresh account

I have a PowerMate USB controller from Griffin: it works, but using my normal user account I can't control the light settings. With a fresh new account, everything works as expected. How can I find ...
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Detaching from Active Directory and keeping mobile accounts

I have a MacBook Pro which is attached to an AD domain. The user has a domain account which is Administrator, Managed and Mobile - the home directory is on the local machine. The company is closing ...
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Can user accounts be managed via the command line?

Is there any way to add, remove, or modify user accounts via the command line? I'm not talking about an account for a system process or daemon, I mean is there any way to add a user account, change, ...
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Revert an account's “full name” back to the original

I don't think this is a "short name" question. I changed my "full name" to include my last name, but I'd like to revert back to just my first name. When I try to change the full name entry under ...
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Reset Snow Leopard user accounts/preference

My kids completely changed everything in their user account, what is the easiest way to reset everything to default (without reinstalling everything) including: Name of hard drive Menu items in ...
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How to share an iTunes library with other user accounts on the same machine?

I would like to share the iTunes library my the account of my wife. But (in importance order): files should not be duplicated playlist and rating are user dependent podcast are user dependent ...
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Where does OS X store the profile photo it takes when you first create an account?

When you first create your OS X login account it takes a picture of you. Where does that picture get stored? I can't find it in ~/Pictures or ~/Library.
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Log out other user w/o first switching to that user

My wife use separate accounts and quick user switching on a MBP running 10.6. Sometimes I want to log her out to free up some RAM, but I'd like to avoid logging in as her, logging out, then logging ...
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How do I launch an app at start up but as a specific user?

I want to launch an app at login but have it running as a specific user. Here's the use case: I turn on my Mac and login in as Ben. In the background iTunes is launched for Bill. Ben can launch his ...
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Installing mc (midnight commander) without root access?

How do I do that? The normal installers (with .pkg files) ask for a root password. It is possible to run normal mac software without root access, but how do I run and install this shell software?
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Is there a safe way to move the /Users folder to a separate volume/drive?

I have an SSD on the way and will be moving my HDD to the optical bay slot in my MBP. I want to boot from the SSD and store my /Users folder on the HDD. I've seen the way that everyone suggest ...
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How do I recover the administrator or root password on OS X?

I received a hand me down white MacBook with 10.4 on it and it automatically logs into a user account that isn't able to change much in the preference pane. How do I recover or change the ...