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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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 ...
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Lost a users home directory files

I have been helping someone with their iMac that is refusing to boot but after finally getting it to boot from a DVD and running disk utility on the HD, it said that it couldn't repair it and it ...
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All user-related data gone

My Mac crashed yesterday, no idea why. Now in the morning Google Drive asked me to enter a login and pass and refused to use the already existing GD folder. Then I've noticed that CyberDuck's ...
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How can I remove the white background from a profile picture?

I want to set a profile picture that has a transparent background, but when I do it gets a white circle in the background that I do not want. Is there a way to prevent this from happening, or maybe ...
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Force User logout

I've setup my macs to logout the user after 60 minutes of inactivity, but there are many, many times that this doesn't occur. mail hangs. some save dialog box was left open, who knows. Is there a ...
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How to control order of startup items for users at login?

I have seen a few applications with mixed reviews that will allow a user to change the order of startup items. I would simply prefer the "bare metal" method and stick to using the shell or the Open ...
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Accessing temporarily Another User's directories by entering his User ID and Password in Mac

I've two user accounts in my mac, One for me and other for my friend. When friend is using the MacBook and he needs some file from me, for that I've to login into my account and share the file by file ...
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Deleted Users Confusion/Worry

I found a 'Deleted Users' folder, which apeard on the side bar of the finder some how, which I've never seen before. I'm confused how they got here and why I never saw them before. It has two .dmg ...
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How to create factory default user account?

I'm trying to create a clean user account that is not influenced in any way by the apps I have installed on my primary account. When I create a new user and log in with it, I see that it shares all ...
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Mac OS X users with empty name

Looking at my Users & Groups I have just noticed two users I never payed any attention before. Maybe they already exist from the beginning of time i.e. when my macbook pro was installed for the ...
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user both exists and doesn't

so I got a really wierd problem on my mac server I have a user that I thought was a open directory user, but it had the wrong UID. I then tried disconnecting the OD server, and try to login with ...
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How to script a logout while screen is locked?

I want to log out a user via a shell script, after a delay. However, there's a few other issues: User does not have admin and/or root. Logout must complete even if screen is locked. Currently, I'm ...
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Login error after httpd.conf edits

I am having a very weird error that I cannot find any help on the rest of the internet for. My issue is that I was editing my httpd.conf (in /Private/etc/apache2) so that I could run the web server ...
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What are the implications of linking your Apple ID to your Mac User Account in OS X System Preferences?

What are the various effects, in terms of usability, privacy and security, of storing your Apple ID in 'Users & Groups’ in your Mac System Preferences, like so? E.g., could one effect be not ...
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Mac OS X Server user can't change password

I have non-admin users who need to change their password. The passwd command is apparently limited to administrators. On the Server website, there's a change password link, but it doesn't work, and ...
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Mavericks - User Account unavailable at login

I have a Macbook Pro running Mavericks. I was using it just fine, stepped away and it had gone into powersave mode. Upon my return I turned it back on, no response, so I held the power down for a ...
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What is daemon user on mac?

I installed XAMPP on mac and it uses the user daemon. I have trouble accessing an external site that I have setup for which I am getting "Access Denied" error. This is likely because daemon user does ...
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What are all the OS X special user folders?

I know OS X has a ~/Sites folder with its own icon for keeping your websites, and it isn't there by default, you have to create it. Are there more folders similar to this one that receive special ...
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OS X Samba file sharing continuously asks for password

I'm trying to share my MacBook's files via Samba sharing. I've set it up in Settings, but can't connect to the machine from another computer! On the other computer I set up the connection with the ...
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Unable to create Mobile Account on AD Connected Mavericks Machine

Whenever I try to login as an AD user to an OS X Mavericks Macbook Pro it says unable to create mobile account. I do have the AD settings set to create a mobile account on login so that is correct but ...
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What are 'com.apple.access_ssh' and 'com.apple.access_screensharing'; can I delete them?

When I examine the list of users and groups on my machine (OSX 10.9) with id I get: uid=501(Rax) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff) 103(Rax), 12(everyone), 61(localaccounts), ...
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Mounted encrypted disk images are accessible by other users

Is it normal that mounted encrypted disk images appear on the other user's desktop as well if you have two different users at the same computer? This phenomena has been around for some time now. I ...
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Fixing two user groups with the same ID

Suddenly, my home directory is in the group messagebus instead of the usual staff.(I blame texlive for this, but have no evidence.) The problem is that both groups have the same ID: $ dscl . -read /...
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Can I safely change my account's username?

My Mac username is set to 'John', and I hate looking at the capital 'J' and would like to set it to 'john'. I see the advanced option in the Users & Groups settings, but I want to make sure that ...
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Remove HTC Sync Manager from autostart

Every time I start my laptop, the HTC Sync Manager is launched automatically. I don't mean the automounter which is started when you connect your phone. I mean the the HTC Sync Manager itself which is ...
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“Sharing only” account not visible in “Users & Groups” since Mavericks

Before upgrading to Mavericks, I had a "Sharing only" account called "Shared" with a password, which I used to allow other computers to connect to my Mac. However, since upgrading to Mavericks, this ...
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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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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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OS X change Admin user to Standard user with command line

I would love to send a Unix command through ARD that will change a OS X admin user to a standard user. The only thing I found close is sudo dscl . -delete /Groups/admin GroupMembership USERNAME ...
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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 ...