Questions tagged [user-account]

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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Would it be more beneficial to run apps on a separate User Account or create profiles within an app?

I am somewhat turning my MacBook Pro into an Apple TV alternate. Considering macOS's Fast User Switching, I was wondering if it might be more beneficial, in terms of CPU/RAM, to dedicate certain apps ...
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Utilize “burner” user accounts to sandbox specific “sketchy” apps

There's some apps that are sort of irreplaceable for a user, yet at the same time unwanted by them, (due to violating privacy, controversial history etc.) In my case that is Google's Android File ...
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Process owned by a user remains active after the user logs out

I share my MacBook Air1 with my son. When he is logged out2 of his user account and I look at the activity monitor in my account, there are several processes owned by his user that are still running: ...
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Running sudo when user has blank password?

I have a user with a blank password, but now I can't run sudo with that account. sudo ls Password: Sorry, try again. Password: Sorry, try again. Password: sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts Is there ...
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Why does macOS Mojave change a group's name automatically?

Created a user group called "Duo". When I add it to a directory, macOS Mojave (10.14.6) automatically changes the name to "Dev". Even id says my user is group "Dev" (and ...
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How to mass apply No Access to all folders but one for a specific user account only?

(This is just experimenting for educational purposes.) I'm the admin of the computer and I have SIP disabled. I wish to imitate iOS restrictions on macOS by prohibiting access (to one other specific ...
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How do I force my Mac to log in to an account remotely?

It’s possible to restart a Mac from the command line (sudo shutdown -r now). It’s possible to log out from a Mac from the command line (sudo pkill loginwindow). But is it possible to force a Mac to ...
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Guest Account with access to Safari only

I am trying to setup a guest account or a regular account on my MacBook Air M1 running MacOS Big Sur 11.1 so that the new account can only access Safari and Apple TV (and maybe a few other apps ...
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Can you Manually copy User Folder to new Mac?

I've had an issue with an old Mac where I can no longer boot into it. I plugged the drive into another computer and I can access my user folder. Is it possible to restore this whole user account on a ...
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How can I disconnect my profile from a dead OSX Server?

I had a mac mini server with OSX server. The profile I user on my iMac was created on the server, and some groups where on the server, which was also a server for TM backups. For now, the user on the ...
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Will this get rid of all the data on my macbook pro (high sierra)?

I tried changing the administrator's short name and the admin user ended up turning into a standard one. Now I can't log in with the administrator username and password if I want to make changes to ...
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Make FileVault password different from user login password?

In macOS Catalina, I want to specifically set a different (and longer) password for unlocking FileVault (e.g. when I first turn my MacBook Pro on) vs. a shorter password to use in more casual contexts ...
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I can't unlock my Apple ID

I want to log in to Messages on my Macbook, but it says I need to unlock my Apple ID first. After clicking "Send to my email", I receive an unlock link, but after opening the link I can't ...
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How do I prevent my Mac laptop from quitting applications trying to logout? [duplicate]

If I leave my computer alone for some 1-2 hours, I don't know exactly how long, it tries to logout. But I have terminal programs running (CLI tools fetching data from FTP, or doing processing of some ...
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Remote desktop into iMac while someone is on a separate account?

I'm using an iMac 21.5-Inch (Late 2015). I have a son who has a full-time job, and his only option is to use our iMac. Is there a way to remote desktop into my account while he's on his? If so, can I ...
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How to overwrite global policies for a home user account with sudo access?

I was trying to overwrite global policies and I found a way to do it, like this: Redirect existing global policies in a new XML file: pwpolicy -getaccountpolicies > ~/globalPolicies.xml Edit ~/...
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Traces of deleted user remain in /var/folders - how to ensure all traces are gone?

I am on MacOS Catalina on a Macbook Pro. I created the account "testuser", deleted it (it does NOT remain, when I checked via sudo dscl .list /Users but in /var/folders I have: 12 zl zz I ...
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Is it taxing on the mac computers' performance to have multiple user accounts and not log out of them?

I have separated my digital life into 2 user accounts on my macbook into work and personal. In order to switch between these two accounts more easily I usually lock the screen and switch to the other ...
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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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MacBook not starting / booting after change done in user permissions with sudo

I'm having the problem explained in this post: mac won't start after "sudo chown -R $(whoami) $(brew --prefix)/*" command. The solution proposed is to reinstall the macOS, which I have ...
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hidden accounts: why change home directory location and select UniqueID less than 500?

I am reading this post from TechRepublic on how to create a hidden admin account on macOS which recommends to set User ID to be less than 500 change home directory, e.g. to /var/username Is this ...
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Create a terminal command to open another user profile in chrome [duplicate]

How can I create a terminal command to open another user's profile in Chrome? It takes me a long time to switch between them because I have a lot of users in Chrome.
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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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How to install Anaconda python for multiple or all users?

How to install https://www.anaconda.com/products/individual not just for Administrator? I was trying to install it from GUI but installation for all users was disabled:
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In mac OS, Is it possible to make a certain app use the root “Application Support” folder?

I'm curious to know if there's a way to make a certain app use the root Application Support folder on mac OS? So all user accounts on administrative level can run that app with the same data base/...
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No User Account or Text on new install

I have an early 2015 Macbook Pro, and had High Sierra installed, on which I started having booting issues, due to which I finally resorted to a clean re-install via recovery mode to Catalina. I was ...
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How can I Access my files from a different start up disk

I am have problems with a Mac not starting up (macOS 10.13.6, MacBookPro 13” early 2015) I created a new start-up disk on an external hard drive and wanted to recover files before going further but ...
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How to create template folders in new user's home directory via command line

[MacOS Catalina 10.15.6] I've created a new user on a remove machine via ssh. The new user is able to log in, but their home folder contains no template files (bash profile) or folders. When adding ...
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macOS and File Owner information

I'm trying to build a portable user and one of the ways I was thinking of doing is through a symlink in /Users that will point to external flash drive. If I have two machines and I make a user with a ...
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Prevent ‚Screen Time‘ on MacOS from including screen time of other user accounts

I have two accounts on my MacBook with Catalina 10.15.5: a private account (with my private appleID) a work account (without any appleID) I have activated screen time on my work account, but not on ...
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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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Delete Users and Separate User and Groups

I am using a Mac for both personal and work and want to keep them separate as I can. I think a good solution would be for me to have 2 users -- a personal and work user -- but the only problem is when ...
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How to clear Trash after deleting old user profiles on macOS Catalina? [duplicate]

I probably did something that I was not supposed to do and now I ran into some kind of problem. I deleted two old user accounts from my Mac inside System Preferences to get some space back. However ...
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The file system shows there is a user, “_mysql”, that I cannot “su” as root. What is basically going on so I can get mysqld running again

The following shell command sequence makes me realize I don't understand something very basic about how user and group accounts works on MacOS: /tmp$ whoami jondoe /tmp$ cd /usr/local/mysql/data /usr/...
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Security benefit of using a 'standard' user account? [duplicate]

As the sole user of my macbook, are there any security benefits of using a standard user account for day-to-day usage and entering in the admin password if needed? I have found years old, inconclusive,...
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Installing brew in terminal while logged in as standard user—why is admin owner of files?

Logged in as a standard user. Using the following terminal command to install brew: /bin/bash -c "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.githubusercontent.com/Homebrew/install/master/install.sh)" It ...
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icloud - removing previous connected apple devices and disconnecting it from account

Context Last year I got rid of two old Macs (one running macOS Catalina and the other with macOS Sierra, both were formatted in an attempt to reuse them for Linux). In the process I removed them from ...
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Delete user account - High Sierra - 10.13.2

I have, since I bought my device second hand, an account that was created by the seller. I want to remove it but can't. I have removed the admin capabilities of this account but still the "-"...
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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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Apple Private Email Relay address - can I use it to request password reset?

Recently I have used an Apple Private Email Relay address to sign up with an app in order to hide my own email address. Everything went well and I purchased the subscription. Now I want to use the ...
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MAC Pro has a cloned hd but with a new username account, old username was deleted. I need the old username not to be offered in username field

I have a MAC Pro that has a cloned hd but with a new username account. We removed the old username account, but new apps automatically fill in the username prompt with the old username. How do I get ...
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Add a user that only has access to computer via ssh

I'd like to have a user on my local computer to only have access via ssh. I don't want (don't need) this user to have the ability to login in to the laptop as a standard user. The only purpose for ...
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Suppress sound for other logged in users?

If I have two users logged in, the desktop is only shown for the active user, but the sounds from apps on the inactive user's session are still heard. I want to not hear those sounds. What should I ...
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Migration Assistant, rsync, cp and Catalina: How to copy everything in `/Users`

So I just got a brand new 13" MBP and I started with the migration assistant, but it doesn't copy enough from the ~/Library folder. For example, I'm missing my Apple Notes from that machine and ...
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Deleted user content by accident

I was trying to empty the trash from terminal because Xcode was stuck in it, but I accidentally removed the trash from the path and ran sudo rm -rf ~/ I thought for a moment i was changing the ...
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How to see root user processes in Activity Monitor?

I am wondering how to show the root user processes in Activity Monitor. On my mac, my personal user and root user show up, but on my sister's mac, only her personal user processes show up in Activity ...
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The output of dscl . -list /Users includes a user called /. What is that mystery user?

I was playing with dscl and noticed that when I list all the users using dscl . -list /Users the first user in the list is /. Just the single / followed by nothing else. All the other users show up ...
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How to abort automatic login during boot?

I'm using a MacBook Pro, running macOS Mojave (version 10.14.6). I've searched the internet for key combinations to abort automatic login during boot, but all answers I found work only in older ...
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Upgrade “Sharing Only User” to “Standard User”

I need to upgrade a sharing only account to a standard user account. I've read this answer, however how do I create the user's home folder?
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User Creation Fail with sysadminctl

I created a user with the sysadminctl and faced some errors. I'm using macOS 10.15.3. First of all, to create the user I did this: $ sudo sysadminctl -addUser someuser -fullName "Full User Name" -...

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