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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User login password not working for sudo

My user login password not working for executing sudo in terminal and I cannot unlock Users & Groups preferences. I tried to write password in editor and paste it but no success on macOS 10.13.3 ...
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Safari won't open from one network client

I have a user who is having difficulty opening Safari on one particular client machine. They have tested it on all other client machines in the same office and it works without issue, but this one ...
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Account password in keychain

Is it safe to store password from macOS account inside of any keychain? I think that if someone can access my keychain, then this someone can access anything on my macOS. Therefore it's safe to store ...
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How to fix “com.apple.dock.extra: … Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of class NSApplication” in system.log

On a recently installed (from internet via Recovery Disk) 10.7.4 Lion system the system.log is filled with multiple "com.apple.dock.extra: ... Could not connect the action buttonPressed: to target of ...
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How can a user detect that a iOS device has been Jailbroken?

To expand on the title question... There are numerous in-code methods, with varying reliability, to detect if an iOS device has been jailbroken. However, is there any method that a device user can ...
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How to get output from the console.app from a non-admin account?

I almost exclusively use a non-admin account for everyday use. Only for installing software, etc. I log in with the admin account. This normally works very well, however, there is one issue I haven't ...
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Is there a way to absolutely force a Log Out, Shut Down, or Restart with open tabs and unsaved documents?

I could not find any relatively simple way to log out of a public use Mac quickly with many tabs open and unsaved document in the background without resorting to sudo shutdown -h now. The reason I ...
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How to stop autogeneration of admin user accounts

I have a computer that I use for work and, after installing a bunch of required proprietary software, I noticed that my MacBook Pro (macOS 10.13.2) is auto-generating a new admin user account called "[...
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High Sierra user trying to set up a new user for Rails, without interfacing w/ previous users

I'm getting this error when I'm trying to use Rails. It seems there are problems with using local files. pasting below to show the versions of ruby and rails ~ $ ruby -v ruby 2.4.2p198 (2017-09-14 ...
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Change password fails with “server not available”

I have a Macbook Pro running High Sierra (10.13.1). I'm trying to change my password, but I get the following error: The password for the account was not changed. The server is not available. ...
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creating a new user in Mac will it reset everything?

I want to reset all my configurations trying to install MySQL & other development stuff through the Terminal on my MacBook and start fresh. Because it was my first time doing this and I think I ...
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How to fix Users & Groups / Other Users?

I don't know how, but suddenly there are a lot of "Sharing Only" under Other Users. On my other mac, there are no such thing. Directory Utility screenshots.
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Citizen Erased: My Mac deleted my user account! Please help

The last time I used my user account I was browsing the net and sending an email with the built in Mail app. But I accidentally unplugged the Mac and when it came back, my user account wasn't on the ...
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How do i remove this Guest User / greyed out remove button

One day i got some malware on my mac. Finally removed it successfully, but this was somehow created when i first got the malware. All the forums i've found just say hit the "-" aka remove but it is ...
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How to hide user accounts when starting up my Mac?

I would like to hide that Admin user. Command: sudo dscl . create /Users/admin IsHidden 1 only hides the user when logging out. But when I restart my computer and the launch screen pops up I can still ...
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Move to a larger drive

My wife got me an external SSD for my bday. I'm on a 2013 Mac Pro, so my existing user folder is already on another external. I'd like to move to the new drive and use the old one for backups. Given ...
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How can I create a new macOS user using a pre-existing home directory?

I had some issues on my machine and had to reinstall macOS High Sierra from the recovery partition. Not sure if the setup didn't complete, or maybe it just didn't work as I expected, but I ended up at ...
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MacBook Air Running Yosemite - Merge Two User Accounts?

I am brand new to Mac. I very recently migrated all of my files from my Windows PC. When setting up my MacBook Air initially, I was instructed to create a user account. When I migrated my files ...
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Difference between macOS login root and Darwin Terminal root

The recent major security flaw in macOS 11.13.[1,2] has turned the usual advice of not enabling the root account on its head. But it has left me a bit confused about exactly what root account is being ...
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OS X slow after switching users

I have a 2010 MacBook Pro running OS X Yosemite with 4GB of RAM and 200+ GB of disk space. After switching users, the user who has just logged in is slow. Waiting several minutes or dropping to ...
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How To Give Each User Separate Applications Folder

I just got a used Mac mini and am currently setting it up for me and my family to use. Before this, the only Mac in the house was my MacBook Pro and very rarely did anyone else use it, so I had the ...
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Is there an iCloud equivalent to Google's Inactive Account Manager?

Google has an Inactive Account Manager that allows you to specify people who will be given access to your account if you do not log in after a set amount of time. For instance, I have it set up so ...
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Can a logged in user restore its ~/Library folder from a Time Machine backup made with a previous version of the OS?

The full story: I have a clone of my old MBP drive which had Yosemite installed. I now have a new MBP with macOS Sierra on it. I tried to transfer the data from my old Mac to the new one using ...
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Stop MacBook from installing applications for multiple user accounts

I have multiple user accounts on my MacBook. At the moment all of my applications go to a root folder and then there are separate folders for my user accounts. I'm having a problem with application ...
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Mac os Sierra 10.13.1 : Unable to create an account

I can't create an account on mac os sierra, when I add all informations (account name, password,...), all seems to go fine, then instead of creating an account I find that a "Group" is created! When ...
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How can I copy application settings from one user account to the other on the same machine?

I have two user accounts (a work and personal account) on my MacBook Pro 5,3 with OS X 10.11.6. On both I use the same Logitech MX Master mouse in combination with the Logitech Options application. I ...
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Fast user Switching remains disabled [duplicate]

Even when I unlock the Fast User Switching functionality, using an admin account, the menu remains disabled. What could be causing this? And, how could I solve it?
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How to enable fast user switching when Login Options are disabled?

I'm not sure how this machine was setup, but I do have control over it now as a local admin. I need to enable fast user switching, but the option is greyed out along with some others. This is after ...
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Double login required, but second entry of username and password not accepted

When loading my MacBook Pro mid-2012, it prompts me with the usual login screen with my account picture and name such that I just have to enter a password. I enter my password and all is well. After ...
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How can I add another Directory Admin on OpenDirectory

Right now, I am planning to have another account on my OpenDirectory on our Mac Server. How can I add another Directory Admin on OpenDirectory? I already added a user but I thinks it's not it. I ...
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Why does Users & Groups System Preference not display a user?

There's a user from whom I inherited my work Mac who is listed under the /Users directory, however, this user doesn't appear in the Users & Groups system preference. I am an admin on the Mac so I ...
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Users on boot screen don't refresh

I'm running macOS 10.13 on a MacBook. Users & Groups show me one Current User and a deactivated Guest User: but on the boot screen another user shows up, that I had added and removed a few weeks ...
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Issue with 2 stage authentication on new Apple iPhone and MacBook Air

I am quite the predicament and my Google searches have not been fruitful at all. I have an iPhone 5 that has now decided to not go past the Apple logo and won't turn on. It appears the battery is ...
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How can I access the same account (and files) from either of two Macs?

I have two Macs in two rooms. Both have just macOS (High Sierra). I would like to log into either one from my user account, and find my files the way I last edited them on either Mac. Accessing one'...
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Can user accounts be managed via the command line?

Is there any way to add, remove, or modify user accounts via the command line? I'm not talking about an account for a system process or daemon, I mean is there any way to add a user account, change, ...
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Revert an account's “full name” back to the original

I don't think this is a "short name" question. I changed my "full name" to include my last name, but I'd like to revert back to just my first name. When I try to change the full name entry under "...
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No Users on my MacBook Pro

My laptop became unresponsive yesterday and so I forced it to reboot. When it turned on again my user account didn't pop up as it usually does, neither did guest. There was only the option for "Other.....
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Legitimate user or hacker -Terminal?

I have recently used the terminal and entered the command sudo -s and then dscl . -list /users so I could see all accounts/users who have access to my mac. How do I know which names are supposed to ...
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Guest mode problem

Recently I have changed the name of my admin, and took off the password. at the beginning everything looked right. However, when I turned off my MacBook Pro 2017, and turned it on again,now it gives ...
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Delete old users files on a secondhand Mac

I recently purchased a 3 year old secondhand corporate owned MacBook Pro which has a lot of files from the previous user. Users are as follows: admin (admin) from old corporate IT department myself (...
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username different in Terminal and System Preferences

I am new to Mac. Recently I realized something for usernames. When I type whoami in Terminal. It returns apple. However in System Preferences>Users and Groups" there is only one user and it says "...
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How to change username that shows in Terminal? [duplicate]

In the Terminal, my username shows up as keegankuhn (firstnamelastname) when I want it to show kk (firstinitiallastinitial). (I want this to actually change and not just show something else!) How ...
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Delete all admin user except administrator

I would like to delete all the users who have admin privileges except for a user named "administrator" dscl . -delete /Groups/admin I think the above command will delete all admin users, but is ...
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OS X Samba file sharing continuously asks for password

I'm trying to share my MacBook's files via Samba sharing. I've set it up in Settings, but can't connect to the machine from another computer! On the other computer I set up the connection with the ...
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List of connected users

Sometimes, when need restart my Lion server, it warns me about the "connected users". How is possible to show who is connected?
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How do I clone the local drives' Users directory ACL to an external drive?

My local drive (Macintosh HD) runs out of space so I want to setup an external drive (External HD) with the same /Users directory and associated ACL as on the Macintosh HD drive and offload some of ...
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map network drives

I need to get a script that would map network drives based on a person's user name (we use AD to allow access). It used to work prior to 10.10. We have a new Mac lab that is running 10.12.6. The old ...
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Installing Network Link Conditioner for All Users (Yosemite)

I'm currently deploying "Network Link Conditioner" out to my web team. It's the latest version from the Apple Developer Website (October 16, 2014 from Hardware IO Tools) and I'm installing it on 10.10 ...
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What are the valid users that need to exist on Mac OS X

For example with CleanMyMac username option I can see users like "Kerberos FAST Account", com.apple.calendarserver and large number of others all with system privileges with id 260 or below except ...
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How do I change the format of the name in Terminal?

I don't know what this is called, can anyone clarify? Is it called the name / hostname. I don't know what you call it. On Ubuntu my Terminal shows kalima@coolbox:~$ But on OSX my Terminal shows ...