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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Why doesn't defaults read` work for obtaining ShadowHashData key user's plist?

I've read how to obtain the user's password hash on OSX using sudo defaults read /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/user.plist ShadowHashData. However, after giving Terminal "Full Disk Access" on ...
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How to disable the Guest account in macOS Mojave using `dscl`?

I've attempted to disable the Guest account using dscl as follows: sudo dscl . -append /Users/Guest AuthenticationAuthority ";DisabledUser;" However, it doesn't seem to work, why? I know, I can ...
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How can I use $HOME or ~/ in my log paths of launchd plist to run as LaunchAgent

My plist has below keys: <key>StandardOutPath</key> <string>$HOME/launchd.stdout.log</string> <key>StandardErrorPath</key> <string>$HOME/launchd.stderr.log&...
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Why don't new (service) accounts added by `dscl` don't show up in `/etc/paswd` after system reboot?

I've added some new (service) accounts to my macOS system using dscl with names like _www to run installed services. However, while the system recognizes the account names in commands (the accounts ...
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Unwanted activation of Parental Controls on network accounts

I am very confused about this issue and I don't know what to look for. We are using MS Active Directory Accounts on our MacBooks. Since last week the parental controls were activated on all network ...
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What Password is needed to run Xcode?

I just downloaded the Xcode application again after a few months, but it asks me for a password that I do not have. No "password forgotten", I do not know how to proceed to open the application?
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How to remove username@hostname from terminal bar?

currently this is how my terminal bar looks like, it's showing my full name and the hostname. I'd like to configure it so that this is removed and it only shows the directory, but I don't know how.
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Removing User from Single User Mode Fails - MacOS 10.14

So I’m trying to delete a specific user account while avoiding the traditional SysPrefs method. I do have FileVault enabled and am running 10.14. This is what I’ve tried in Single User mode: /sbin/...
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MacBook Pro user account missing

I changed my user account name on my MacBook Pro and as soon as I restarted my laptop my account disappeared. I tried everything online but it’s not working. I can access the guest user and another ...
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Create Local Network Directory User on OS X server via Terminal

I found this post: How can I create an Open Directory network user with a command? but it didn't have any answers on it. I know there's a way to create a local network directory user, but I cannot ...
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Can I suppress the Setup Assistant When Creating New Users on macOS?

I wanted to create a new user using Terminal and managed to do so by finding answers on StackExchange, but I was not able to figure out how to skip the setup assistant that comes up when you login to ...
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Re-connect Apple ID (iCloud) to macOS user

I recently got my first MacBook (Early 2015 13" MacBook Pro, running macOS Mojave) and have been setting it up for the past few hours. I changed my Apple ID email and my password a few times and then ...
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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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Stop AD account Accessing Server shares

I have an Mac server running 10.13.6 on the latest build: 17G7024 I have been trying to sort out a few of its problems. But I have come across this this weird bug that I can't seem to fix. If I ...
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Uptime report multiple users

I'm not sure I understand the command "uptime" uptime 13:58 up 5 days, 9:49, 3 users I have 3 users detected, but I have only one user account on the Mac and no sharing enabled. What the users ...
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Change Appstore user from MacBook?

I bought a used MacBook Pro, and I need to update some software. When I click the 'update all' button to proceed, it asks for the App Store password of the old user's account: How do I remove the ...
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Mac does not recognize password after upgrade

Background This morning I sit in front of the Mac at work and notice that some update is required. Furthermore, the upgrade to Sierra is allowable, but they told me to not upgrade for some reason, so ...
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Add Time Machine files to an existing account with Migration Assistant

I have a Time Machine backup from Mac A (now retired), containing 4 accounts worth of data. I would like to add the data from one of these accounts to an existing account on Mac B (replacement for Mac ...
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“sudoers is owned by uid 501, should be uid 0” message, but sudo works fine [duplicate]

Running Mojave on a MBP 2012 13" and I get that message every time I use the sudo command. It isn't preventing me to use sudo, but I get the feeling it'll bite me in the butt at some point in time, ...
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Admin can't select user to reset password

This relates to a 2011 Macbook Pro running El Capitan. I'm set up as the admin and my child has a standard account with parental controls enabled. My child forgot their password and I'm trying to ...
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Allow non-admin user to sudo without access to admin account data

I need to lend my MBP to a friend for a few days while their laptop is out for repair. I would like to not have to erase my account to do that. I have set up another User Account for them without ...
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What is the significance of the aliases field in the user preferences?

Under: System Preferences > Users & Groups > Advanced Options > Aliases: There are 2 lines. One is my Apple ID. The second is in the form com.apple.idms.GUID What is the significance of these ...
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How is the UUID for a user used by macOS?

In the Advanced Options for a user under the Users & Groups System Preference, there is field for UUID and a button for Create New next to it. How is the UUID used by macOS and what are the ...
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User account creation date time?

I am using a shared mac in which a new user account was created by another user. I want to know the dateTime of the account creation. Is there a way to find it out without asking the peer?
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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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How to add a user from the command line in macOS? [duplicate]

In Terminal, I used, useradd liao2, as I would also do in Linux, but it failed: useradd liao2 -bash useradd: command not found I also tried using sudo: sudo useradd liao2 Password: sudo: useradd: ...
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Restoring data deleted from Directory Utility

When trying to rearrange user accounts, I deleted some data using the Directory Utility (data on a user account under "Users" in the Node "Local/Default"). I would like to restore this data. I have ...
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Fast User switching shared folder permissions

I have touch ID and fast user switch between accounts using dif fingers. They have have dif gmail info and home folders. I don't make the guest an admin. Whats the best way that I can set up the home ...
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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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Losing administrative rights

I have a handful of Mac's running Mavericks and up. Each Mac is generally used by 1-3 people. Each person is a member of a specific AD group. Pre-deployment we added that AD group to the "Allow ...
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What can other administrators access on my machine?

I've been given a new MacBook Pro at work, and it has an administrator account which I assume the IT department has the credentials to. I have been created a local account which is also an ...
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Making Conflicting UIDs across a LAN of MacOS and Linux hosts Consistent

I have an expanding network and while I have the long term goal of eventually implementing Active Directory hosted on a QNAP NAS. However, in the meantime I have the issue of where my MacOS machines ...
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Can a family member use my iPhone, or does Touch ID lock them out on the iPhone SE?

Can we bypass TouchID? I'm getting an iPhone SE and wondering if I can let my kids/family members use my phone if they need to? I don't know much about Touch ID and am wondering if it can be bypassed,...
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Once I cancel my apple Music subscription will it still make me pay a months worth or does it end straight away?

I cancelled my Apple Music last month and deleted the account but Apple is still taking $12 out of my account for this month. Is this normal or do I have to contact Apple Support again?
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Keep note sheet as black text on white background while Notes.app is in dark mode

I am enjoying dark mode in macOS Mojave. This includes the list boxes and sidebar in the Notes.app. Except, the note sheet itself is awkward with white-text-on-black-blackground. Is it possible to ...
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User cannot login using AD credentials, others can

Setting up a new MBP (mojave) for a user to replace their iMac. Mac is bound to our Active Directory and test AD account can login and create mobile user without issue. The user that already has a ...
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Merging multiple apple ID’s

Since getting our first iPad and iPhone and while new to Apple, 3 or 4 iCloud email accounts were setup for at least 2 new Apple ID’s. Is it possible to merge them or should I just delete the least ...
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How do you stop wtmp from erasing?

I track user login times on a couple of shared computers running OSX 10.10.5 using the last command in terminal. It seems after updating from 10.9 the wtmp file gets frequently deleted and only show a ...
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Remove my full name from startup screen

Whenever I open the computer the login screen shows up with my account picture and full name. Is there any way to remove it or replace it with the account name or something like that?
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How to delete an administrator account on mac?

I have an administrator account on my mac I don't need, and know the password but cannot delete it.
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MacOS Mojave: How do I change the default /Users directory for ALL users logging in?

I've seen this question answered in various forms for other iterations of Mac OS X, but Mojave is proving a bit more challenging. In short: I have several dual drive systems, (SSD and HDD) with the ...
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Mac logged me out and can’t get back in

My Mac logged me out and it forces me to login with the Guest account, which for some unknown reason is password protected and I can’t login! I tried restarting it but the issue persists! Before that ...
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Black Screen With Cursor on Logout in Yosemite

This is specifically occurring on Yosemite Macs that have been NetRestored. Initial login works fine. However, when restarting the Mac or logging out of the user, a black screen appears with only the ...
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Trouble logging into macOS

When I left my MacBook Pro for a minute, it closed out, which is normal. But, when I returned, it refused to accept my password to my regular administrator account. So I clicked on Guest User to see ...
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OS X change Admin user to Standard user with command line

I would love to send a Unix command through ARD that will change a OS X admin user to a standard user. The only thing I found close is sudo dscl . -delete /Groups/admin GroupMembership USERNAME ...
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How to disable switching user with Touch ID?

So here is a hypothetic scenario: I'm at work presenting something to a colleague and we are both looking at my screen, when suddenly I have to access a service that requires a password. I use ...
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Does Bootcamp work for all users on a mac?

I am in the process of installing Bootcamp to my Mac. A question has just crossed my mind Can you only use windows from the account you set it up on, or does it work for all users on the mac? For ...
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How can I create a new user through terminal macOS 10.14

I am trying to write a script to add a user to a computer. These will not be admin accounts and should be staff accounts. I ran the following script and can login to the account but I can't access any ...
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Backing up another user’s mid-2013 Macbook Air

I have pretty much been a Windows user all my life but a family member has recently given me his mid-2013 i7 Macbook Air. This machine is logged in with his Apple account (I have the credentials) and ...
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Child's account as default login user

I'm a complete newbie at macOS. Bought a new MacBook Air for my eight year old child as that is what the school specified. Followed the online instructions for setting up family sharing then created ...