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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Removing old users with sudo in terminal

Awhile ago, I removed a former staff account from a mac mini but kept the home folder in users, using the regular user management UI in system preferences. A virus scan came up with multiple threats ...
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Effects of logging in to same Apple ID on multiple macOS accounts (single computer)

On my Mac running macOS Sierra, I have a "main user" that has no admin privileges. I also have a second user which has admin privileges. I invoke the privileges of that "admin user", when admin ...
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Cannot enable guest account

I cannot enable Guest Account. Logged as admin, I got at Users & Groups, select Guest User,and tick Allow guests to log on this computer. Even when ticked, "disabled" appears bellow Guest User ...
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Can I start an application as another user without actually switching users?

Is there a way to start an application as another user so that the started application would use the other user's preferences/history/resources et al? For example: I've logged in as Alice and I'd ...
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Mac needs to repair library after changing location of home directory

I recently reinstalled Yosemite to fix the notorious WiFi bug, and i have two hard drives, one SSD which i reserve for apps and boot, and the other HDD for data (including user data). I started up my ...
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Can't create admin user with Mac OS X El Capitan [duplicate]

My girlfriend did a mistake when she deleted her session login! But, she has only one session login. Now, we can't connect to the Mac because we don't have any access... So I booted to Recovery Mode, ...
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Is it safe to add yourself to group 82 (_clamav)

I want to have a similar group id on my host machine (macOS) and virtual machine (docker for mac) to avoid permissions problems. I wanted to create a new user/group with ID 82 but it's already exists –...
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How does group 'wheel' get on my files?

My MacOS non-admin account is not a member of group 'wheel.' But any file I create in /tmp from Terminal commands is always group wheel. There is no sticky bit nor ACL nor extended attribute to ...
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cannot create a user account on mac using command line

I followed the instructions here to create the user jira: sudo dscl . create /Users/jira sudo dscl . passwd /Users/jira sudo dscl . create /Users/jira RealName "jira user" sudo dscl . create /Users/...
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How can I remove the white background from a profile picture?

I want to set a profile picture that has a transparent background, but when I do it gets a white circle in the background that I do not want. Is there a way to prevent this from happening, or maybe ...
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Created a partition called “HOME” and now it won't delete

I'm in the process of migrating my home user directory to a dedicated external drive. Should be simple enough... but I've hit a weird snag. I formatted the drive with a single partition I called "...
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Deleted User Account Still Present and I must Login

I got this computer from someone else and instead of reformatting I simply created a new user. I created a new user account, made it admin, and attempted to delete the old one. The old user was ...
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My password is not working in System Preferences unlock prompt

I keep getting this prompt when I try to install a app or anything: Usually I just enter the password and everything is fine (before the username field would be filled). Now it is not accpeting my ...
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How to install a second instance of R on macOS and make it launch automatically

I am using an iMac at work that I inherited from a former coworker who already installed R as well as a number of packages before leaving. My problem is that although I can install new packages from ...
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Pressing first letter of user account name does not select user in login window

This has been irritating me for a long time and I have not found a solution for this whenever I have looked for one. This problem has perplexed me maybe as far back as Mac OS X 10.7, but I can't be ...
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Can't login after migration assistant. No access to other account

I was given a Mac with that had an administrator account and an account for myself (with full admin rights). Using the migration assistant, I copied everything from my old computer, however it ended ...
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Opening Notes of another user account in OS X EI Captain

I recently replaced my macbook's user account by changing account name from name1 to name2. Now I have to recover some very important notes that I had saved in default Notes app but unfortunately didn'...
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Mac Mail Server 10.9.5 keeps getting password couldn't be set error

I am trying to change an mailbox password but each time attempt to I cannot procceed and I am faced with this error: The password could not be set. In order to set the password of a user with an ...
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How to set No Access (restrict) permission to a user on a folder?

I'm trying to deny my user access to a certain folder. I can't. I set an admin account to be the owner of that folder, but i can't set "No Access" for any user on that folder. But i can do it for "...
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Clean user profile, every log in?

I have a series of local accounts on a El Capitan (Need to stay on 10.11.6 due to app compatability). I want these accounts to get the "default profile" every time they log in. I mean * absolutely ...
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Unable to remove user named “Administrator” on macOS Sierra

I've created an administrator-level account called "Administrator" on my iMac (macOS Sierra). I basically did this to ease copying existing user documents, etc. from a backup using the Migration ...
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How do I make the user's 'library' folder within a Time Machine backup available to 3rd party apps?

As many users know, the Library folder located within a User's Home directory is hidden in recent versions of macOS. And, to make this visible, the user can hold down the Option key while accessing ...
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Can an admin account on Mac access user's data?

I am using a Macbook pro (Sierra 10.12.1), under a non-admin account and I do not have the admin password. I was wondering how much of my data (passwords, files, etc) is accessible by the admin?
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Can't use launchctl as non-root user

I was trying to set up the grooved - a music player daemon. It works over dbus which I installed through Homebrew. In the caveats of the dbus formula it says: To start dbus: brew services start dbus ...
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Mac admin account deleted — have I lost my files?

I got a new computer and gave my old one to my wife. Before I had a chance to save some files she deleted my admin account and set up one for herself. How do I get my old files off the computer?
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Strange File Appeared In My Home Folder

I just discovered a strange file in my home folder. It is titled: - The entire contents are the word: ok on the first line & a blank second line. There is no extension. It was created this past ...
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How do I prevent an application from becoming a startup item?

Every time I launch a particular application I have to go into my Users & Groups prefs and remove it from my startup items. How do I prevent applications from automatically becoming startup?
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how to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch?

How to turn off rotating cube animation upon user switch? I apparently need to pad out this qwuestion, so i will add that it makes me dizzy thank you!
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When I open Terminal, I get an “I have no name!” prompt

Suddenly, this morning, I open a Terminal window and I get this: I have no name!@macbook:~$ whoami 502 ** I am not a number! I am a human being! ** What gives? Anyone know what I need to do to ...
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Unable to login to account

I am unable to login to my main account. This is pretty bad because that's the only account on my computer that I know the password to. I'm posting this as root. The user doesn't show up on the login ...
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El Captian not showing user account after creating second one

I am using Macbook Pro with El-Captian. I had only one user account in the machine and I created one another. After creating the new one, old user account is not showing in the login screen. It is ...
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MacOS X Randomly Logs out while working

A friend of mine experiences the following behaviour while using a macbook quite normally (no heavy loads, etc.). She is returned to her log in screen and apparently logged out, because after logging ...
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How to recover the built in Directory Service data?

AFAIU, OS X has a collection of built in users, and one of these users is 'mysql' user. The reason I am making this guess is, the first time I have installed mysql server using the dmg, it installed ...
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I only see the “Other” account option on log in screen

So i start up my macbook air after about 3 months of not using it, and i don't see any accounts on the log in screen, except for "Other," and I try to type in my old information, that doesn't work, ...
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How to remove group membership from user using the Lion Terminal?

How to remove a self created daemon user named '_denyhosts' from group 1025(workgroup), 403(com.apple.sharepoint.group.2), 404(com.apple.sharepoint.group.3) and 405(com.apple.sharepoint.group.4) using ...
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update programs installed by other user (other appleID)

I use a mac install before by another user. This user installed some application like iphoto with this appleID. Now this user does not use this computer, and I want update the applications he install ...
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Setup my new Mac

I just bought a MacBook Pro and it's a beauty. I haven't opened it yet. I expect it to ask my about the language and for an account. That's cool, however I was wondering if there is something I could ...
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Accidentally locked out of Mac

I removed the staff group and closed my finder window (yes I am a fool for doing this). After closing the window, I effectively lost access to everything on my "Macintosh HD". I re-booted and was ...
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Office 365 only works on one single local account

I have a MS Office 365 University subscription. For separation of concerns between my private files I have two local accounts on my mac (latest el capitan). However, when I try to launch an office ...
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What is daemon user on mac?

I installed XAMPP on mac and it uses the user daemon. I have trouble accessing an external site that I have setup for which I am getting "Access Denied" error. This is likely because daemon user does ...
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What is the risk of changing my user account's “full name” mac os x? Why the warning of “might damage this account”?

I want to safely change the "full name" for my account. (I only want to change the "full name" – not the "account name" aka "short username"). But, after modifying the field (shown below) and before ...
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Can't log in after AD Username Change

We currently are updating all our Active Directory usernames from the old format (FirstnameLastinitial) to a new format (FirstnameLastname). So far, the Windows side of these changes have been working ...
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What files should be copied to manually migrate a user account?

The user account I normally use has something wrong with its native OS "Internet Accounts" configuration. It's corrupted or something. This causes login failures within native OS X apps such as "...
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OSX recovering ownership after bad chown command

In hindsight, I made a bad decision, but I texted my wife a command: sudo chown -R ${USER} /Applications/... to run in a directory. She didn't think it worked and started putting spaces where ...
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Any shortcut to go to user account window? [duplicate]

Is there any keyboard shortcut to go here? EDIT: This script does not work on run {input, parameters} (* Login menu has to be the last! *) tell application "System Events" tell process "...
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Public folders or “All Users” folder in Mac?

I have a web server in OS X Server with an open source digital asset management system installed: ResourceSpace. The main Web Root folder is shared via FTP and with permissions set to "All Users". I'...
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Mail.app disconnected from data files

My mac mini was acting up, so I reset the Nvram and ran the disk utilities from recovery mode. The mini started up fine and runs stable, but now my mail, calendar, and contacts have been wiped clean. ...
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Issue with deleting user account

I want to delete a user account before selling my machine, so I chose the secure delete account option in System Preferences > Users & Groups. I think I saw a progress bar at first as it was ...
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Should there be a hardlink from `/Users/Users` pointing to `/Users`?

This is was my /Users directory looks like. That Users link doesn't seem quite right.. matt@viking Users $ pwd /Users matt@viking Users $ ls -lA total 8 -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 0 22 Aug ...
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Administrator account apparently lost after forced reboot of OS X

Yesterday I ran into one of those rare problems with OS X (10.11.4) where I thought I had to reboot my MacBook. The cursor wheel was constantly spinning and I was unable to quit any apps or even ...