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Curtis Thompson
Re: setting up users
on Apr 16, 2003 at 6:21:39 pm


i wrote up a long, very terminal-based way to change a user name, but in general, changing a username is not possible and very unwise to do...

ironically enough, it comes back to permissions - if you are user foo and you change your username to bar, suddenly you don't own all the files that foo created and you no longer have access to them. if you want to change a user name, you need to create a new account with the new name, copy all the files from old to new and change their permissions and then delete the old account...

unix revolves around your home directory, and os x has followed this model. if you store stuff all over the box, though, then you're going to have a much harder time finding it all and updating the ownership rights... :-/

the easiest way is to create an admin account with the username admin and some password and then disable admin for your current account. then when you need an admin account, just enter the admin u/p and you're good to go - no need to re-do your account at all. if you have files in numerous places on the box, you're going to have a real hard time getting all the rights changed to a new account...


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