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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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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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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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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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 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 ...
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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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How to share .bashrc files between two mac user accounts

I have set up two user logins on my computer, one for home and one for work. I would like to be able to share any of my bash and vim settings between the two users. Is there anyway to do this? Thus ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Understanding the 'staff' user group

It's known that all users are members of the 'staff' group. If you setup a standard user and create any file, a list of that file in the terminal with 'ls -la' shows the user group to be 'staff'. ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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Dropbox asking for permissions to wrong folder after changing account name

I just got a new macbook and is now installing apps to it. After setting up Dropbox and everything else, I decided that I wanted to change the account name (which was previously "mac") to my name. ...
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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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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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“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 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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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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 ...