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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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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Fast user switching: how to prevent volumes from being unmounted?

I have a volume mounted. If I switch to another user, this volume gets dismounted. The problem is that I want this volume to be available for every user (but putting it in their login items is not 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 mac-literate,...
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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 ...
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Make applications accessible to specific users?

I have an "Artist" user and a "Developer" user. I'm wondering if there is a way to make system wide applications only accessible to certain users. For example, I would like Pixelmator to only be ...
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User Made Videos on iPhone 4S

When I sync my iPhone 4S to my PC, I'm able to transfer pictures to my PC drive to make more room on my iPhone. Why can't I transfer user made videos to my PC? The user made videos take up more space ...
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Blocking Internet access for a particular user

On a MacBook that connects to the Internet via wi-fi, how can I prevent one user account from accessing the Internet (with no effect on other accounts)? Note: i want to block ALL access, not just ...
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How to remove group membership from user using the Lion Terminal?

How to remove a self created daemon user named '_denyhosts' from group 1025(workgroup), 403(com.apple.sharepoint.group.2), 404(com.apple.sharepoint.group.3) and 405(com.apple.sharepoint.group.4) using ...
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PATH not being changed for root user

I have added .bash_profile, .bashrc, .profile exeuctables in the /var/root dir. However, unlike the normal users which execute their .bash_profile(s) and change the path. There is no difference in ...
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When I open Terminal, I get an “I have no name!” prompt

Suddenly, this morning, I open a Terminal window and I get this: I have no name!@macbook:~$ whoami 502 ** I am not a number! I am a human being! ** What gives? Anyone know what I need to do to ...
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Will a Perl script still run after I log out of my user account?

I have started a Perl script from the terminal that runs in the background: >perl myScript.pl & If I logout, will it stop my script from running? Thanks!
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Lion login screen

I have a lot of users in my household (6 total + guest). Is there a way to wrap or stack the user icons rather than having them scroll off the right part of the screen?
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Is there a way to absolutely force a Log Out, Shut Down, or Restart with open tabs and unsaved documents?

I could not find any relatively simple way to log out of a public use Mac quickly with many tabs open and unsaved document in the background without resorting to sudo shutdown -h now. The reason I ...
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Create a remote only user in OS X?

I'd like to create a user on OS X that has remote ssh login privileges where they can access a certain folder /path/to/the/goods/ and add/modify/delete files manually or via rsync while the rest of ...
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MacBook Pro 3,1 (2007), running 10.6.8, sudden logout, window_server crash

I have a 2007 MacBook Pro 3,1. The logic board, graphics card, and hard disk were replaced in October 2009. Sometime in the last few months the machine began to 'spontaneously logout' - I'll be ...
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Strange user named “Other…” on 10.6

Recently, I tried logging out of my machine (rather than just shutting it down) and I noticed that a user with the name "Other ..." was present. I don't recall adding the user. I tried checking out ...
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How to set up so on the Mac the default new user will have a single color wallpaper?

We are trying to set up multiple user accounts on a Mac and wish to have all the users' desktop wallpaper to be single colored (such as aqua blue). It can be done manually but I would like to know if ...
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Problem saving settings in OSX Control Panel after SSD installation

On my Lion installation changes in the OSX Control Panel some settings are no longer saved eg. General oder Language. After reentering the Control panel again, the old settings are still in place. ...
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How do I copy (or clone or duplicate or make a template) user account?

In Mac OS X Lion (10.7.3), is it possible to create a new user account with settings identical to an existing user account? Or put another way, is it possible to set-up a user account template? I do ...
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List & documentation for Open Directory properties

Anyone know where I can find documentation on the various properties available for directory services on the Mac? man dscl only tells me that I can -create or -read a record. It doesn't tell me how ...
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Viewing the Account Name of multiple Apps in iTunes

We have several people using the same computer and the same user account. However, each person has a different iTunes account. With respect to the Apps section, is there anyway to view the ownership ...
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Is there a way to change a short name in OS X

I am trying change the Short Name for an account on my computer. Is there an easy way to do this?
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What's a recommended setup of accounts on Mac OS X?

In Lion - on a one person per install setup - the user is admin by default. Would you recommended this setup? I thought that the default user should never be admin but have a restricted ...
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Add a new user with a specific uid and gid

We have a mixed mac and linux environment at work, to make life easy we use the same uid, gid for each user both on the mac and linux side (I believe this is a standard practice). The problem is, ...
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Is there any equivalent command for usermod?

In Linux, if I want to change a user's home directory, I can use the usermod command: http://linux.about.com/od/commands/l/blcmdl8_usermod.htm usermod [-c comment] [-d home_dir [-m]] [-e ...
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Sharing a iPhoto Library between users on the same computer

I tried to share my iPhoto library with putting it into my sharing folder. I changed the permissions, so the other users can use it. Now they can use it, but if they add new photos, i cannot edit them....
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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How to I set the scroll direction to be “non” natural for any new users created on a Lion machine?

When a new user account is created on a Lion machine, a "helpful" dialog appears to describe "Natural" scrolling. I want to set the scrolling to be "unnatural" for any new users created - is there a ...
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How can I prevent the iCloud dialog from showing up for new users?

On 10.7.2, whenever a new account is created, and the person logs in for the first time, they see the iCloud system pref pane. Is there a way to prevent this from showing up?
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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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How can I prevent accidentally quitting an application?

I use Adium, but if I set a "Quit Confirmation" in the advanced preferences, it cancels log out. If I don't, it is way too easy to quit it, since it gets focused between apps sometimes. Is there any ...
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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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Can I remove the “Log Out” item from the Apple menu?

Is it possible to remove "Log Out" from the Apple Menu? I know there used to be a tool that let you customize the Apple Menu (can't remember the name) but I doubt it's still working on Lion. ...
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Macbook randomly logging me off

Every so often, mostly during what appears to be more-intense-than-usual processing, the computer quits all apps, logs me out, and returns to the login screen. I usually get the translucent spinning ...
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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 ...