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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tradeoffs between symlinking vs changing path to $HOME

I'm moving my user account $HOME to a different drive. The Apple-blessed procedure is outlined here. An alternative would be just to symlink from the old to the new location. Are there any ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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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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Applications from a different user folder appearing in Launchpad

I have an iMac with two different user accounts on it, each with their own Applications folder within the user folder, in addition of course to the system-wide Applications folder. I had a group of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can't sign into iCloud on my Mac and Mac App Store, but have no trouble signing in using browsers

My @icloud.com is used in various browsers and devices. I tried to install updates on Mac App Store but it prompted I have the wrong password. Then I used my phone to reset the password. After ...
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All accounts lost on each reboot

I recently purchased a used 2015 MacBook Pro. The machine is in excellent condition, and they did a factory reset before I took the device. Every time I shut down the machine, all of the users have ...
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Is it still possible to migrate iphone app data to a new account by extracting the .ipa file and extracting the content?

For various reasons beyond the scope of this post, I must create a new Apple ID and iTunes account. There are a few apps on my phone that I must preserve the content from (I don't mind re-buying the ...
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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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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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Restore Old User Account from files

I have an old MBP (2008) and I've been updating the OS after waiting for so long. I installed Yosemite recently, and am now installing El Capitan. Idiotically, I forgot to make a backup before doing ...
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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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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 can I prevent Parental Controls from repeatedly popping up?

Problems I have are following with parental controls (on children account): If I limit applications, some applications that run on startup are constantly popping up, it does not matter if I click ok ...
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Detect if logged in user is network active directory user or local user

When a User logs in to os x , I want to detect if user is a local user or a network account user based on which I have to allow my app to run. Couldn't find any solution which tells that current ...
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Can I have an audio stream that plays continuously regardless of what user is logged in?

(I suspect the short answer is "no," but I wanted to make sure.) I have two accounts on my MBA (work and personal). During the work day, the computer is also playing my music. When I need to switch ...
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“Unable to delete the user account” in Users & Groups?

On OS 10.9.2, with permissions unlocked, my admin user gets "Unable to delete the user account [username]" when I click the "minus" delete button. I checked the option to archive the user in the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to unlock a locked user account using Terminal

How can I unlock a locked user account( after user entered password x times ) using Terminal on Catalina. I check if the user is locked by doing sudo pwpolicy -u username -authentication-allowed ...
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What is the 'subharmonic' account on macOS Catalina (10.15.3)?

My MacBook Pro running Catalina (10.15.3) has been behaving a bit weird lately. So, I wanted to list the users that exist: $ dscl . -list /Users PrimaryGroupID | grep ' 20$' clint ...
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Syncing AppleID and local user password

We're Apple Business Manager and Azure users. I'm looking for a way of using AppleScript or Automator to perform synchronization of my AppleID password and local user password at boot time or on a ...
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Changed my User Name and Now I cannot unlock any authentications

Yes, that's right, I did what I wasn't supposed to do and now I'm paying the price. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. I went into my Users & Groups, unlocked it, went into advanced ...
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How to revert to Apple ID user picture

After a fresh install of MacOS Catalina, the OS will use a user icon or picture taken from the user's Apple ID and this will be displayed at login by default. If a user changes the user icon manually ...
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Can I create a user that only has Network permissions?

I would like to create an account that only has permission to modify the Network preference pane in the System Preferences (in it's entirety). Is such a feature feasible? Comparable to Windows, where ...
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Put the domain user in login screen

Having done the domain binding, I need to log in with the domain user without entering the user every time. This is because I should type "domainname\user" each time and this is not very fast. Is it ...
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How to Fix Login Issues for a Remote “Managed, Mobile” User

Managed, Mobile account will not successfully login without first logging into a local admin account and then switching users to the Managed, Mobile account. Is there anything that I could check or ...
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How to remove SophosEndpoint “phantom” user?

I recently migrated from a 2017 Macbook Pro to a 2019 Macbook Pro (both running Catalina) using Migration Assistant, and ever since then I've had this "phantom" SophosEndpoint user stuck on the log in ...
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Black login screen after Mojave update – temporarily fixed with dummy user and blind logout

I currently experience a crazy macOS bug. After updating from 10.12.6 over 10.13.6 to 10.14.6 my Mac Pro 5,1 boots to a black login screen. VoiceOver tells me that the login is there, but everything ...
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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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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 ...