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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Login user - opposite to launchctl bootout user/id

How can I login user in programmatically way? I need something opposite to command launchctl bootout user/502 that logouts user with id=502. Does this way exist?
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How to merge two users in Mac OS - Catalina?

I'm pretty new to Mac Os. At start I've created a new user, the one that is second in the below picture. After talking to a co-worker, he told me I probably didn't configure the Mac as company's ...
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How to add a domain user MacOS

Is there a difference between new Mac: Create Admin + Configure Qualify new Mac in the domain Create New User with AD credentials in System Pref OR Add new User directly into AD with "Change User" ...
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How to delete /var/folders/xx/xxxxxxxxx when the corresponding user account is deleted?

The user specified tmp path is /var/folders/xx/xxxxxxxxx , which can be got by $TMPDIR. It will be created when creating a new user. But when I delete the user at System Preferences, choosing Delete ...
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Recover deleted user data — user deleted via System Prefs with “Delete home folder”

Earlier today, I deleted a user (through the Users and Groups pane in System Preferences), and of the options “Keep home folder”/“Move home folder to deleted users”/“Delete home folder”, I chose “...
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How user's name can be displayed before disk is decrypted, when FileVault is turned on?

As far as I understood, FileVault provides full disk encryption functionality. What gets me puzzled though, is that once computer (with disk encrypted using FileVault) is turned on - username is ...
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Which settings in System Preferences are global for all users?

Some things in System Preferences obviously apply to only one user: Desktop Picture Appearance accent colour and highlight colour Dock size While others obviously apply to all users: Startup Disk ...
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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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How to view local user password in Terminal?

I have the administrators password and account but I am interested in finding the password of a local user. I am not trying to reset the password but find out the exact password that was already set. ...
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Graphics Glitching Solved With New User Account

Mid-2015 MacBook Pro 15", Catalina 10.15.3, twin 4K displays Problem Graphics glitching: unable to maintain smooth video playback on any video source, frames dropped. A few times a minute I'll get a ...
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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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How do I get rid of the rogue “other” user on start up on my Sierra Mac?

I want to get rid of the "other" user on my startup screen. My Directory Utility does not list the root user anywhere. I also tried the terminal command suggested here and finally found out how to ...
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iTunes Library - Help with transition to new computer - Backup Catch 22

Situation: Old version of iTunes Old version of Windows Operating System. Cannot backup library because I cannot access my account without updating iTunes and iTunes will not update until I update my ...
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Is there a way to limit which installed apps a macOS user can use? If so, how? [duplicate]

I'm interested in having two users on my MacBook, but restrict some apps from being used by one of them. Is there a way to block apps from being used by another user of the same Mac? Or maybe ...
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Can I select United States if my country is not listed? [closed]

apparently my country is not listed so I'm unable to finish my registration for the apple ID thing. I'm thinking of selecting United States in there but it keeps asking me for a billing address/phone ...
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How to debug the user login process

After the Catalina update I can't login with my main user any more. Mostly all I get is the turning wheel but once I got Welcome message notification and clicking that started Safari. And from the ...
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How do I recover the Apple Developer Account Holder role?

My organization’s account holder left the company. He used a private email address from his private domain when enrolling, so we don’t have how to take control of the email. He is not denying ...
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New user owns old apps in Mac

I just created a second user in my computer so guests can use my Mac without the need of using my account. I did this through the GUI (Settings → Users → New User). While trying to set up permissions ...
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How to change the main user name of a used MacBook on macOS 10.13?

I just bought a used MacBook Air 2012 with High Sierra. I would like to change the user name to mine. I tried changing it in the address book or at the preference login but the old name is still stuck ...
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How to load a 2nd copy of OneCast with a new license?

I am trying to use OneCast to control 10 Xboxes, I have successfully got up to 6 that I can control, I can view all 10, but can't control all 10. The issue I am having is that when I load the app ...
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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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Hide a user account from the login screen of macOS Catalina

I have a Mac running macOS Catalina that has two users accounts, 'foo' and 'admin'. Both appear on the login screen. I'd like to hide the 'admin' account from the login screen. The following tricks ...
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I know the sudo password, can I use sudo and install software without logging out and switching to the admin user?

I have two accounts on my MacBook (runs Catalina 15.1), one is admin, one is non-admin. Both are mine, so I know the password for both. Sometimes when I want to run some 'sudo' command or use the ...
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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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Is it possible to find out mac user account login history

I have given my mac book to my friend. I have created new account to him and gave the credentials for it. I have a doubt what if my friend logged into my account by guessing my password. It's an ...
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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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Catalina ask password to delete user but password is always wrong

I start to think this might be a bug in Catalina. STEPS TO REPRODUCE: I formatted my Mac-mini to factory reset (don't remember if was High Sierra or Mojave) I created a user at first startup. I ...
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How have I got Two identical iCloud accounts?

When I look in Internet Accounts, I have two identical iCloud accounts. How can I get rid of 1 of them?
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Login of network users stopped working with Catalina update

We have some Mac Minis used by students, which are configured to authenticate the user against a central AD and store the homes on a server, from where they get mounted on login. Until two days ago, ...
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Setting up Open Directory for already existing user accounts

I work for a small business, for the few years we've been running we've had individual MacBooks with local user accounts. We need to formalise this a bit in order to get an industry security ...
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Relocating /Users folder in MacOS 10.15 (Catalina)?

In the past when we wanted to offload the /Users folder from the internal disk we simply created a symbolic link for /Users that pointed to /Volumes/External_Drive_Name/Users. The Mac in question is a ...
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Mac User in on a domain no longer shows Managed attribute

I'm primarily a Mac user, I work in a primarily Active Directory environment, so I get to be more hands-on with the Macs in our organization. Prior to upgrading to Catalina, in the Users & Groups ...
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“dscacheutil -q group -a name admin” returns a user that I can't find

I ran a script that was checking for any other admin users on my mac. dscacheutil -q group -a name admin It returned: root administrator Temp10 I can't find the Temp10 user account anywhere. I ...
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Integrating user acounts

I bought a new iMac and migrated stuff over from my old mac. I now have 3 user accounts, 2 with different variations on my name! None of them access the same applications and information. I have no ...
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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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How can I enable touch ID for several hard drives I'm booting from?

I use my MBP 15,1 (Mojave 10.14.6) both with an internal hard drive (for work) and booting from an external one for private stuff. Whenever I enable touch ID in one account, it gets quietly disabled ...
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Rolled back from Catalina back to Mojave but I had two drives one for boot and other for saved files, realised old files are still around

I rolled back from Catalina to Mojave because I was having issues, it was my first time to do so and foolishly didn't use Time Machine. I have two SSDs, one for boot and the other for my files, and ...
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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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How to copy one standard user profile of macOS to another machine

I have a Standard user with parental control enabled on it. I have disabled many features as per our requirements. However, I want to have the same Standard user setup in other macOS machines too. Is ...
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User account issues after resetting PRAM

So my 2012 iMac has been unusually cranky the past couple days and did not respond to the usual reboot I give when this happens, so I decided to reset the PRAM at the advice of many articles. ...
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Can't login with my user account, works only with admin account

I have iMac late 2015, macOS High Sierra. Till now it worked perfectly, but today I turned on my computer, it allowed to login into my user account, then I opened one app and it went to not responding....
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Choose user photo without iCloud

How do I change my user photo on OSX without iCloud? I can't seem to choose a file from Finder. I don't have enough disk space to use iCloud.
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Why doesn't defaults read` work for obtaining ShadowHashData key in user.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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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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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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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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