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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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Close other user’s app

Is there a Terminal command or script that will close an app running under another user? I’d rather close than kill, but if not possible, kill would work, too.
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What is “Other” account on OS X Yosemite login screen?

I am using OS X Yosemite. I am seeing 2 accounts on my login screen. One is my account and the other has the name "Other". What account is that? When I click on it, there is no username. When I try to ...
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Sharing icloud local storage between users

Context: I prefer to switch the user instead of closing and opening all apps and windows I need for work every day. Therefore I want to set up two users for myself on one machine: one for work and one ...
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What are 'com.apple.access_ssh' and 'com.apple.access_screensharing'; can I delete them?

When I examine the list of users and groups on my machine (OSX 10.9) with id I get: uid=501(Rax) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff) 103(Rax), 12(everyone), 61(localaccounts), ...
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MacBook Pro High Sierra changing Standard user to Admin not working

When I try to set another standard user (named "Owner") to an Administrator by clicking "Allow user to administer this computer", the box doesn't check, and instead I get a pop up window that reads "...
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Renaming/Deleting User Subfolders (Documents, Pictures…)

I want to move my User/{Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures} folders to an external SSD. I will do this via copying the folders to the SSD, and creating symlinks on User/ to each of them. ...
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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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Make a script/app run on logout

We all know that Mac OS X has the very useful Login Items functionality which lets you, among other things, set up apps/scripts to run when you log in. I'm looking for a way to setup a list of ...
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Will data be lost in resetting macOS admin password?

My GF recently started working with a Mac and while I'm a IT tech with Linux and Windows knowledge, I'm very much a noob with Macs. The problem is she's working on a Mac that another user (the guy ...
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What causes eDSPermissionError when running dscl?

I'm running Mac OS X 10.14.1 revision 18B75 I created a user using dscl and set its home directory to a wrong path with this command: sudo dscl . -create /Users/theusername NFSHomeDirectory /the/...
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Changed the user account name; unable to use sudo

I tried renaming my root user account and for a second after saving it looked like it had no name whatsoever. That was the last time I could use the "lock" icon under Users & Groups. I followed ...
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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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Allow user to SSH to my Mac, but sandbox the account

I would like to create an SSH account on my Mac to allow some friends to test code on my machine from the command line. However, I want to sandbox them, so that the only folders/files they can see ...
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Return User To Admin Users and Undo Parental Controls

For a while, I had only one user, say, User1, on my Mac's High Sierra. Then there arose a need to have some parental controls. To do that I created a new user, say, User2 and made it an admin while ...
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Creating Standard user to Admin user verses new Admin user

To create a new user is there a difference between creating it first as a standard user then making it a admin user account compared to just creating a new user account as admin? The reason Im asking ...
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New administrator account has limited access

I have an admin account which has a typo in it's account name and I wanted to fix it. So I created a different admin account so that I can rename the account name and home folder name from that ...
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Exclude admin user from global password policy

I have added a global password policy which enforces password rotation for every 90 days. But there are two types of accounts: User Accounts - Enable Password rotation for 90 days Admin Accounts - No ...
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Changed Username, Broke Everything

I changed a username in Yosemite, and now everything under that username is wrecked. Chrome won't work at all, saying it can't read or write to a data file. All of my son's Minecraft data is ...
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What is the root username and password for CUPS 2.1.0

I don't remember creating one and I'm just trying to print in black and white.
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Way to logout a user from the command line in OS X 10.9

I want to logout my Mac OS X from the command line. My OS X version is 10.9. I tried command pkill -KILL -u uid, but this command didn't work out. Is there a command that can be used to log out a user ...
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What point is there in using an everyday non-admin account on OS X?

This piece of advice is old but is coming back into fashion. I have seen it a lot recently, on a number of Mac websites or forums. "Your ‘everyday’ user account should not be an admin account. It ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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annoyance: latest version of Skype under Standard (non-admin) user on macOS 10.13

I always run my systems under an Admin \ Standard user dichotomy. In other words, I always use my system as a Standard user and never login to the Admin user (except when doing the initial clean ...
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no admin account OSX 10.13.5 [duplicate]

I have a macbook pro 2011 with high sierra 10.13.5 Today i tried renaming my admin account in the system preference / users. I couldn't rename the account, and i have lost the admin rights. Now i ...
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Time Capsule user account password change

I installed a Time Capsule at my office to handle backups of all Macbooks (8). To ensure a minimum of privacy, via Airport Utility-->Disks I created One account per each user (Changed Secured Shared ...
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Lost access to admin user account in my mac book pro

I changed Account name property on my mac book pro in System Preferences-> User & Groups-> Advanced Options. I attached a picture of then the window (Not my account window, now i cannot access ...
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prevent Lock Screen from showing user FullName

Is there any way to prevent the lock screen from displaying my full name? It's a privacy matter and I would like to keep my personal data away from other people. I know I can turn my screen off, ...
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Unable to install Chrome or Safari extensions after creating new user account

Mac OS X El Capitan This ordeal began when I was unable to connect Time Machine to a newly purchased Time Capsule; it still wanted to hang on to an older external drive which had died. I called ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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MacBook has 2 guest accounts, one with a password that I never set

My MacBook Air that I've owned for just days has its own guest account, with its own password. This happened to me once before back in 2013 on a MacBook Pro. Typically, I disable the guest account. ...
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Is it 'OK' to use the root user as a normal user?

I have enabled the root user on my Mac so I can log into it and run Finder etc. Being the lazy person that I am, just transferred everything from my home directory to /var/root. I'm not too sure of ...
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Is it normal to have same user logged in twice but from another TTY?

I don't know if this is something that is in macOS, but in Linux I normally see only one user if I run the who and w command. Is it normal to have same user logged in twice but from another TTY? I ...
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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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log: Could not open local log store: The log archive format is corrupt and cannot be read

I'm having some problems with my Macbook. The primary problem is that I'm unable to log into my admin account since a recent system update. I tried searching for solutions online, but haven't found ...
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Does deleting user account on macOS also deletes their installed apps?

On a Mac with more than one user account, I can open apps installed by other users through Spotlight. If I delete the other user accounts, will their apps get deleted too?
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Is it possible to remove the “Shared” folder under Users?

Under "Sharing" in System Preferences, I do not have anything shared. However, I have a "Shared" folder under "Users". Is there a way to remove this folder?
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Standard User account not getting removed on El capitan

I am not able to delete user account on El capitan . The Minus (remove option ) is inactive here . I tried doing this by logging in to admin account . Please help!!!!
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Problem unlocking Mac using Touch ID

I got a problem with using the Touch ID to unlock my MacBook Pro 15" running macOS High Sierra. Whenever I lock my screen by clicking the  → Lock Screen (or Control + Command + q), Mac locks me out ...
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MacOS user password no longer working

I just got a new iMac and after going through setup it no longer seems to recognize my password. I was stuck outside my account so I reinstalled using recovery hoping it would reset everything ...
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What is a organizational device considered to be? [closed]

Would this be a device that is a organizational device because you get it from work? Or because of who makes the device? What is a organizational device. How can I find out.
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how to avoid the “downloaded application” warning for a Standard User

This is a followup on this post of mine: Application permissions for Standard user I'm now running MacOS High Sierra 10.13.5 and this problem is still irritating. I use my Mac as a Standard user. ...
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Remove “Other…” from Login screen

I've just upgraded to El Capitan from Mountain Lion, and now an Other... icon appears right next to my usual user-account (admin account) on the login screen. When I click on it, I can log in, as ...
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How to disable account on OS X Mavericks

I have an account on my OS X Mavericks system that I want to disable so it cannot be used for login. I would not like to delete the account permanently but rather disable it temporarily. I believe ...
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How do I change my macOS user account UUID to stop Apple tracking me?

I have read that the user accounts on a Mac actually have a UUID associated with them and this means Apple is tracking every action performed with that user account. I’ve already deleted all Facebook ...
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Help with changing user home folder file name

My computer was restored from my ex-wife's laptop 3 years ago. Her maiden name pops up as the user-folder name on all my files, and it's been wearing on me for a long time. I used this Q&A to try ...
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How to remove “_www” user from the everyone group?

As the question said: How do I remove the _www user form the everyone group? Background: I am trying to lock down PHP to my web directory. PHP runs under the _www user. My solution is to only give ...
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Save open applications and tabs state to file and be able to restore

I have 2 computers with the same applications installed and I use both for work. I would like to seamlessly move from one to the other and recreate the state of open applications I had in the previous ...
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Removed admin privileges from my only user [duplicate]

My machine has only one user. My goal was to change the login name, I've gone to system preferences / Users, opened my user and edited my login name to the new one and rebooted. Now I can login, but I ...
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Change managed mobile account with server 5.2

So I have an account on my iMac (Sierra 10.12.6) which was managed by a mac mini with mac OS Server (5.2). Actually, it's always considered Admin, Managed, Mobile open the iMac (even if I don't ...
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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...