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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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 ...
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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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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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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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I forgot my new user's password [duplicate]

I was so happy by the time I was setting the password for my mac mini that I forgot wich it was, What can I try? I needed to install an app and my password prompt showed up, Is there a way arround ...
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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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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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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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OSX Server Optimal Setup for Mail for Multiple Domains

I've been attempting to set up a mail server for my clients. I run a small web design business, and we recently moved all of our hosting over to dedicated mac mini machines. I have one mini dedicated ...
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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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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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iPhone 5 locked out from Previous User

I bought a used iphone 5 today. When i insert a nano sim and try to activate it, it says the previous user has locked the phone please the number and get it unlocked. I bought the phone through an ...
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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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“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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What is multi user mode in MAC and how to boot in multi user mode in MAC Mavericks [closed]

What is multi user mode in MAC operatins system and how to boot in multi user mode in MAC Mavericks
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Very long login times in Mac OS X

I am experiencing an issue with OS X 10.8.3, where it takes a very long time to login. It seems like it has something to do with which network I am connected to. Explanation of the issue: I get ...
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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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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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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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Listing RealNames of all the users of an Open Directory group in MAC OS X

I was looking an older post (http://superuser.com/questions/279891/list-all-members-of-a-group-mac-os-x/395738#395738) and I tried the code that the user Arne Stenström posted. members () { dscl . ...
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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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Profile Pictures in Wiki OSX Server

I created 10+ users on my osx server (10.8.5) and enabled the wiki-service. It works! But when I log in to the wiki using Safari on another mac, all my colleagues profile pictures are missing. I DO ...