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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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Mounting SMB share on Monterey is rejected

Both my server and my client are running macOS Monterey 12.4. I've shared folders on the server, enabled SMB sharing in the options and enabled the accounts for Windows sharing. On the client, I ...
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Creating a new user via terminal still showing as "unknown login"

I am trying to create a new user using the following command sudo dscl . create /users/paul3 UserShell /bin/bash UniqueID 1112 PrimaryGroupID 111 NFSHomeDirectory /users/paul3 sudo dscl . passwd /...
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My secondary monitor behave like main monitor even it is in extended mode

I'm using Mackbook Pro 2016 13 inch. I recently changed settings of a live wallpaper app called iwall, which were settings for displaying live wallpaper on secondary monitor and change lockscreeen ...
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Store users of multiple macs on network drive

Is that a thing with macOS? I know that is (was?) somehow possible on windows. I would like to have all user accounts of different Macs on a network drive (NAS), so everybody could log in to their own ...
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Replace low-res startup login picture by high-res

Whenever I start up my Mac I need to fill in the password to my user account and it shows this ugly low-res user picture stretched out as my user account picture in the login screen. After being ...
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How to fix incorrect command line mail user name on macOS?

On OSX 12.2.1 I am seeing a message that I have mail. But if I type mail I see the following: mail: /var/mail/Chris: Permission denied If I list the contents of /var/mail/ I see chris i.e. all lower ...
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How can I completely change an account name, including the record name?

Even when I option click the user for advanced settings, change the name, account name, and the home directory to match, when I open the terminal, the old name still shows as oldname@Macbook-Air ~ %. ...
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Macos terminal command to make dmg of user profile, similiar to option you get when deleted user account [duplicate]

Looking for a terminal command that's the equivalent to archive user profile to diskimage prompt you get when deleting a user account.
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Is not possible create directories and files at /Volumes with permissions granted

In Linux Ubuntu for example within the /mnt directory I created two directories - for example: alpha and beta - it to be used to mount some remote directories later. For the same machine exists two ...
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Some icons changed after changing username and home folder name

I have changed my username and home folder name in macOS Monterey and now the sidebar icons were just generic. I unchecked and checked back all of them in Finder's preferences and all changed back ...
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how to rename a system group like `staff`

I was not able to rename an existing system group via /etc/group nor via the tool dscl. Is it even possible to rename a group? Would it be better to delete and re-create the group with the same GID as ...
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Is it possible to temporarily prevent a user account from logging in?

I'm trying to setup a system with individually encrypted user home folders, i.e- each user has their own encrypted volume containing their home folder. The problem is, if I login as a user when that ...
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No user account at login screen (Apple silicon)

I have a recent Apple silicon Macbook Pro running Monterey. After a reboot, my user name vanished from the login screen. I am the only user, so there is apparently no way to login. By holding the ...
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Standard (non-admin) user on macOS can remove applications installed by admin

I experienced this issue on macOS Monterey 12.1 & 12.2. I don't know if older macOS versions have the same behavior. The issue is that the app installed from App Store under admin account can be ...
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Microsoft Office runs on one Admin account but not another

Difficult technical issue. I have iMac (Retina 5K, 27-inch, 2019) running macOS Monterey version 12.1. The latest version of Microsoft Office was previously running on this admin account but unclear ...
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Will Migration Assistant affect other MacBook user(s)?

The MacBook in question has two user profiles (both administrators) with separate Apple IDs, separate workflows etc. (i.e., unrelated or loosely related to each other); one of the profiles is my own. ...
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Monterey - create new user & group with IDs 1000

I was trying to create a new user and a new group with the IDs of 1000 (requirement) but I ended up not being able to log in to the account in a regular way from the Login screen, however login from ...
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How can I delete the PostgreSQL user in my mac? because, there is no user in the preference

I forgot how I install postgresql before. and now I have removed it by following this steps https://stackoverflow.com/a/9240197/12381565 . But my postgresql user didn't gone from the taskbar, ...
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How to have blank slate user account that does not have access to existing installed apps on macOS monterey 12.1?

I have an admin account where i tend to install apps and make them accessible to all users of the same macOS monterey v12.1 I want to do demo videos on a blank slate user account that has its own apps....
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How to make my user login image different than my Apple ID image on my macbook?

I have a Macbook Air which is connected to the same Apple ID as my phone. There is only one user on my computer so it's an admin account. When I want to change the user login image, it automatically ...
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How do I set a different profile pictures for the computer user account and Apple ID iCloud account on macOS Monterey?

In previous versions of macOS, I had a separate profile picture for the user account on the computer and the Apple ID iCloud account. With Monterey, it seems to have combined them such that if I ...
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Copying files / folders between user accounts

I have 2 admin user accounts on my Mac (both are mine). There is a folder that I'd like to move from one of the accounts to the other. I tried simply locating the folder in Finder and then copying / ...
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What's the most appropriate directory where to place 'development software' and 'files' shared between users?

In Linux (Ubuntu in my case) if exists many users, each one with its home directory, such as: /home/alpha /home/beta /home/omicron to share development software and files between/among users I've ...
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Mac OS Account on an External Disk?

I need a Mac that is often offline for confidentiality. Is it possible to store an Admin or General User account on an external disk which I could only login to when plugged in? In my instance it's ...
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User, Group and File Sharing: configuration to enable mount (cifs) to Ubuntu with all permissions

In MacOS "El Capitan" - for sharing purposes, the server is MacOS and the client is Ubuntu Was created at Users & Groups: a new user named for example omicron how standard type (and not ...
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File Sharing: How re-add the Staff group if it was removed?

I have MacOS "El Capitan" About Sharing - File Sharing: When a directory is added to be shared through the Shared Folders pane, then through the Users pane is possible add/remove some Users ...
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"su - non-root" arises "su sorry"

In Ubuntu I am able to switch of user (to non-root) through the terminal executing: su - username Password: And done. I am able to do anything according the own permissions/roles of the non-root user....
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AD Account not working

For a few days now I cannot login to AD Accounts anymore. I receive the message "Your are unable to log in to the user account "XYZ" at this time. Logging into the account failed ...
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dscl . -list /Users Unusually Long All Legitimate Or Hacked? [duplicate]

Can someone look over my file system list? (Getting very late here + can't find decent answer...) I'm a bit worried the list is quite long... THANK YOU! I've disabled my filesharing on a clean install ...
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user is not displayed on login screen after changing its UID

I've changed my user's UID from 501 to 1000. Now on macOS startup, on login screen, I don't see my user icon; Instead there is "Other" icon asking for username and password. How to get back ...
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sudo GrandPerspective.app/Contents/MacOS/GrandPerspective throws error in Catalina

I have multiple users setup on Mac. I found proposed solution on GrandPerspective board that states running the following: sudo GrandPerspective.app/Contents/MacOS/GrandPerspective would allow one ...
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Cannot log in to local admin

I copied this script and made the changes on it, but for some reason when I try to log in with the account it doesn't log in at all. Has anyone experienced this issue? I am wondering what could be the ...
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List elevated users with login privileges

I wanted to list the users on Mac OS. I came across the two commands dscl and dscacheutil. I went through the man pages of the two commands but didn't find what type of information does each command ...
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App can't be opened when accessing with another user

I have a mac that runs Fusion360 under one user. I now want to use the program from the other user but I get an error that the application is not supported. That's weird because it runs without ...
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In Big Sur on a 2020 mini, is there a way to change the initial 'user list' screen background?

I have been told by Apple that it is impossible to remove or change the background of the initial screen which lists 'users'. Is this true? I'm talking about the cheap, garish, brightly coloured ...
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Can I safely delete the user named 'Documents' in the Sharing permissions user list?

Catalina 10.15.7 I am working on setting up the sharing of my iMac's 'Documents' folder so that I can access my documents there from my MacBook. Using System Preferences>Sharing, I have added the '...
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Migrating from an old OS X 10.6 Server

I need a little help with migrating from an old OS X 10.6 Server. It's a Mac Pro that currently runs the old Server Admin and Workgroup Manager software. We have over 1000 users with their data stored ...
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Accidentally changed my own UID and now I can't run sudo. How can I fix this?

I ran the command sudo dscl . -change /Users/YourUserName UniqueID 503 1001 while I was logged in as YourUserName. If I try to change it back with sudo dscl . -change /Users/YourUserName UniqueID 1001 ...
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What is ~/.local directory tree and two executables there?

I find that something has added ~/.local/bin to my $PATH and that the hidden ~/.local folder has the following structure: .local ├── bin │   ├── alex │   └── happy ├── lib │   ├── aws │   │   ├── bin │...
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How Do I Create a Custom Guest User?

I have a mac that will be used by myself (admin) and a few other people (second account). I don't want data to persist between logins on this second account, similar to how the Guest Account works. ...
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authentication is disabled - How to verify whether this is local disabling or Active Directory disabling

I have a Macbook Pro that uses ActiveDirectory for authentication. However, when I go to System Preferences to make changes, it gives me the following error: If I run dscl . -read /Users/<username&...
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New user account for installing command line software

I have two accounts on my computer - one is the admin and another is a standard "user" account. I want to install a few command line tools, one of which is Spleeter (https://ezstems.com/...
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Can two MacOSes share some users or home folders?

I would like to create this partitioning on my mac. A partition A with MacOS version X. A second partition B with MacOS version Y. A third partition C with shared data. I would like to make ...
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Non-admin user cannot access scanner

I have a Brother scanner / printer connected via USB to a MacBook Pro. I'm using a plain user account that does not have admin rights for daily work. Scanning works nicely for an admin user but not ...
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Last password change in macOS

Objective is to determine the last password change time for all the user accounts in macOS (Catalina). sudo dscl . -read Users/swastibhushandeb accountPolicyData Output: <dict> <key>...
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Reading user Plist files from /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users

Identifying user accounts in macOS (Catalina) can be achieved using the following command dscl . -list /Users | grep -vE '_|root|nobody|daemon|Guest' Which gives me the below output.Note: ...
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How can I return the logged in user from inside a pkg which is running as root?

I'm using the Packages app to create an installer which includes, among other things, a launchd job. The postinstall Bash script needs to target the logged in user as follows: launchctl bootstrap gui/$...
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Finding the right directory to install applications into?

I just downloaded the MS Teams app for MacOS and upon installation was asked if the app should be for all users/ current user/ installed on hard drive. I understand the first two, but was wondering ...
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How to setup Disk Quotas on macOS Big Sur?

Is there a way to limit a user's disk space usage in macOS Big Sur? I found this article to setup disk quotas from CNET, but apparently it is not working anymore with Big Sur. There are two problems ...
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How to get rid of remnants of a user profile in /var/folders?

I created a user, TestUser1, via System Preferences > Users and Groups on 22 April 2021, deleted it, didn't let it create a backup (since it was a test profile), but I noticed in /var/folders ...
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