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“/sbin/mount -uw /” not working?

I am trying to add an administrator account on my MacBook pro using single user mode. However, the prompt, "/sbin/mount -uw /" does not seem to work. Any reason as to why?
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Catalina Error: Can't Login After Time Machine Restore

The Reset Password Failed Error failed from the perspective of an alternate Admin User. Here's the context: A Time Machine backup from a 10.10 with a current 10.15 destination. After setting the ...
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How to change a MacBook's “main” login/user?

I got a new (reconditioned by Apple) MacBook for my girlfriend. When it arrived, I went through the setup process and created my account, and then created her account afterwards. Both have admin ...
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Identify why macOS prompts me for an admin password

I get this annoying dialog when I login on my mac as a standard user, and I don't know why it keeps asking for an admin password. My question is if there is a way to find out which command/process or ...
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How can I script the bootup disk in macOS Catalina without disabling SIP?

I'm on Catalina 10.15.6. Previously, you could write shell scripts that would set the boot volume and restart the Mac, either by using bless --mount X --setBoot or by using systemsetup -setstartupdisk,...
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How to delete empty deleted user home folder? [duplicate]

I have a deleted user home folder in the "Users" folder that does not contain anything and cannot be deleted. Can anybody suggest any ideas?
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Changed Fullname and Account name but not Home directory, now blank “Admin” page [duplicate]

This morning i changed the Full name and Account name on my account but not home directory name. Now, everytime an admin feature is needed, it just shows up as a blank login page. When i try to right ...
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Can still move and edit files on a hard drive, even though the permissions are set to Read Only

I'm running the latest version of macOS Catalina. I'm trying to make it so that someone can read all the files on my hard drive, click on them and look at them but not move them, edit their names, or ...
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What tools can be used for Mandatory Access Control on MacOS?

Target OS: High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina. I am looking for a tool/software which can restrict programs' capabilities with per-program profiles, just like AppArmor for Linux. Example use case, admin ...
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Is it safe to delete the original admin user after creating a new one?

I have a MBP running Mojave that I got from a colleague. It's got a single user account, let's say "John", and that user is an administrator account. I don't want John's account, I want my ...
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Run an application as another user in Mac

I have tried various methods mentioned across many sites, but cant able to run perfectly on newer versions of mac os. I have tried: sudo -i -u otheruser -H OR sudo login -f otheruser And try running ...
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Forgot admin password…Unable to select Utilities in Recovery Mode

I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2009), which I haven’t used for a couple of years. I can start it and use it as I don’t have a log in password set up, but since I forgot my admin password, I’m now unable to ...
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Can't Login System Preference After Changed Username

I just changed my username and after that I can't login in my System Preference. Usually there will be my username and just fill the password but now all is blank. I used my new and old username to ...
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When I try to delete some old folders on my mac desktop I get error. I have tried some method but failed. Error is shown in description

I have tried several methods in the past as well. While reflecting on root of problem initially after purchasing mac I had password set which was forgotten within week so I had to used command R ...
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Auto Setup Admin Accounts in Macbook with MDM during first time setup

I am trying to implement Auto Setup Admin creation, but never able to get passwordHash working. I even tried sample config in here https://developer.apple.com/documentation/devicemanagement/...
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Any conflicts when creating two User accounts (with different privileges) but the same Apple ID?

I've set up iMac A with an Admin User account {501}, a User account {512}, and also three "sharing only" accounts {502, 503, 504} for networking with iMac B. I've set up iMac B with an Admin User ...
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Can I change my kernel security level?

When I run sysctl kern.securelevel on my Mac, it gives me a value of 0. I'd like to increase the kernel security level on my computer. I want it to give me a 1. Can I do that?
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Guest account only cannot access admin

Running Mavericks 10.9.5, iMac 12,1 21.5 Intel i5 2.7ghz 16gb. I want to re-image the machine but it only boots with a Guest account. No Recovery partition and unknown admin password. Using "...
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Cannot disable parental controls for Admin user

I wanted to put parental controls on my computer before I learned that administrator users can't have parental controls (makes sense to me now). But somehow I still managed to enable parental controls ...
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How do I delete a new Admin account and its data without knowing the old admin password?

I used my friend's Mac by creating a new admin account. Now I need to return it and want to delete the new Admin account I created without knowing his password. In other words, can I delete my own ...
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macOS - User can perform admin tasks but cannot sudo

MacOS Catalina 10.15.3 Centrify 5.5.2-702 UserA is a "Mobile" (AD Authenticated) user showing as "Admin" in Users & Groups UserA is shown as a member of the local "admin" group when running "...
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New user owns old apps in Mac

I just created a second user in my computer so guests can use my Mac without the need of using my account. I did this through the GUI (Settings → Users → New User). While trying to set up permissions ...
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Admin vs Domain account

I created my iMac's account as a domain user without admin rights. My IT department then made my account an admin. Currently, every time I change or create files, or when I install softwares I am ...
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Is there any way to make Console prompt for authentication to logs the user isn't authorised to?

If I try to access system.log from my non-admin account I get the message "Unable to read the file" Is there any way to make Console.app prompt for administrator credentials to view logs the user isn'...
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Forget WiFi network without admin credentials

Is there a way to forget a WiFi network on MacOS without knowing the admin credentials?
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Changed my User Name and Now I cannot unlock any authentications

Yes, that's right, I did what I wasn't supposed to do and now I'm paying the price. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I went into my Users & Groups, unlocked it, went into advanced ...
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How to execute admin level command via remote login without typing password?

I would like to allow a remote script to access my Mac (Catalina 10.15.2) at the root level. I know that I can enable keyboard-less access at the user level, by using publickey authentication, via ...
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How important is it for a Mac admin account to be associated with an Apple ID

My wife and I have an iMac. We each use standard user accounts associated with our respective Apple IDs. We also have an administrator account that is not associated with an Apple ID. What problems, ...
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macOS - partial admin account

I am one of team of front end developers working on Macs (Mojave) in a predominantly windows based company. The IT dept has limited knowledge of Macs and they have locked down the Macs quite a bit :-( ...
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Can I create a user that only has Network permissions?

I would like to create an account that only has permission to modify the Network preference pane in the System Preferences (in it's entirety). Is such a feature feasible? Comparable to Windows, where ...
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On OS Catalina Delete the account you are currently logged into

I have a Macbook Air, and I am logged into an administrator account which I want to delete. Is there a way to delete the account I am currently logged into while using that account?
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In OS Catalina make a account Standard

I have an MacBook Air with the OS Catalina installed. I need to change my admin account to a Standard User account.So how would you change a account from Administrator to a Standard account by using ...
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Cannot sudo anymore - macOS Catalina

I have a problem. I have 2 users user (normal user) and admin (admin user). I normally work on user user and when I wanted to update some files (as for example /etc/hosts) I did: $ su admin Password:...
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How to copy to folder: /System/Library/Filters?

I am trying to create a new "reduced file size" export filter within preview. Therefore I copied the original file to desktop, made my changes and then I tried to copy back to the folder. This seems ...
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I cannot activate Setup Assistant Mac OS Catalina 10.15.1

I accidentally deleted my admin account from directory utilities system. Now I'm using my standard account to login, in the system preferences there is no admin account but when I click the lock it ...
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“dscacheutil -q group -a name admin” returns a user that I can't find

I ran a script that was checking for any other admin users on my mac. dscacheutil -q group -a name admin It returned: root administrator Temp10 I can't find the Temp10 user account anywhere. I ...
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The `resetpassword` utility is failing to find users on the selected drive

I booted into recovery mode and launched the terminal to run the resetpassword utility. After selecting the drive to reset passwords for, I'm seeing:- There are no users on this volume to reset the ...
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No longer admin on Mac [duplicate]

So I have a 2011 MacBook Pro that I received from a friend of mine. It had Sierra on the Mac and I was able to upgrade it to High Sierra. The account that I used to do all this was an admin account ...
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How do remove administrative rights if the checkbox is disabled in Users&Groups

By default in the second hand MacbookPro, I have a user called admin. Then I created another user, let me call it myadmin for example. Now, I want to remove the admin rights from the user named admin. ...
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Hidden Admin Account Appearing After Reboot

I am new to Mac OS (using Mojave on a MacBook Air 2017) and am running into an issue. I want to create a hidden local admin account that only I know exists. I followed a guide and enabled users under ...
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How to turn off “terminal would like to administer your computer” message?

I keep getting a warning message that terminal would like to administer my computer whenever I run standard commands, such as editing crontab in Vim. This never used to happen on my old Macbook. How ...
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How can I determine after how many minutes of inactivity, Mac automatically logs off without admin privileges?

I cannot access the Advanced page under System Preferences → Security & Privacy to check or change the automatic logout settings. I don't think I can change this setting, and I tried using sudo in ...
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macOS: Setting up an administrative account from a user account without admin password

I need to get administrative privileges from a standard user account. I am using macOS Sierra 10.12.6. I have six accounts on my MacBook for me and my family. One of them is administrative and the ...
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Renamed /etc folder. I can't login anymore

I did a silly thing by renaming the /etc folder. I was asked for the admin password to change the folder's name. But it's not possible to rename it back to /etc. As if my password was wrong. I assume ...
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Apple Developer Enterprise Program - Change Account Holder

I have access to our company Apple Developer Enterprise Program account as Admin. The guy with the Account Holder role left the company a few weeks ago, but his Apple is still linked to the account as ...
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Unknown Admin Password on New/Used IMac 2011

How do you Change the Administrator User Name and Password if you can not see it on the users list and do not know the previous one?
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After creating folder on desktop - renaming or removing needs admin privileges?

Just now I created a folder on my desktop. It had the name "untitled folder". I wanted to change the name to something else, but got an alert that I needed admin rights. Removing the folder has the ...
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Combine Time Machine backups in Mojave

My Time Machine backup drive became corrupt. It would take several minutes to mount, and then MacOS would warn me to back up the data. When I tried copying Backups.backupdb out I got "Error Code -36"...
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Root User Can't run Files Off Desktop or Documents? Mojave 10.14.3

Anybody else have this issue with root in Mojave (10.14.3)? I have root enabled and I try to run a simple .txt/.png/.pkg off the root desktop. It doesn’t run, I get an error in Console “Unable to load ...
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Hidden Mac administrator

The admin name on my home Mac is hidden, I need to see the admin name so later I can change the password. I'm a regular user.

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