You can rename your macOS user account and home folder, which were named when the account was created. The name of your macOS user account and the name of your home folder must both be the same. Changing these names does not change or reset the password of your user account.
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- How to change your Mac username
- Locked out of your Mac? How to bypass and reset your password to get back in - CNET
- Resetting your Password
- Method 1: Change or remove all user account passwords in "Users & Groups"
Learn more about Teams. How do I get the name of the active user via the command line in OS X? Ask Question. Lawrence Johnston Lawrence Johnston 27k 37 37 gold badges silver badges bronze badges. In what sense is 'whoami' obsoleted? Who has declared it obsolete? Jonathan: The man page for whoami on Leopard confirms that it has been replaced by id. Why are they changing something that has been around since the dawn of time? Andrew Andrew k gold badges silver badges bronze badges.
Sep 11 '17 at This works great if you are ssh'ed into a machine and want to see if a user is logged on locally. If they are not, the command will return "root". I'm pretty sure the terminal in OS X is just like unix, so the command would be: whoami I don't have a mac on me at the moment so someone correct me if I'm wrong. Eric Koslow Eric Koslow 2 2 gold badges 14 14 silver badges 31 31 bronze badges. There may be multiple login sessions; UNIX is designed to be a multi-user system, after all. The answer is yes; so, now my crontab shell script has been modified in the following way Maurizio Loreti Maurizio Loreti 3 3 bronze badges.
I generally use whoami in terminal Skip to: content search login. Knowledge Base Search. Log in. Options Help Chat with a consultant. Include archived documents. Create and delete users in macOS Create a new user To allow users to log into your macOS computer, create an account for each of them. From the Apple menu, select System Preferences I logged into one of the affected accounts immediately after moving everything around and everything was wonky no Desktop, no Finder, etc.
I'm guessing some processes got confused by the changed UIDs and needed a fresh start.
Thanks for this, very handy. One thing to add is the chown call should be chown -h or if you have any symlinks then they end up beloning to the old userid. I also changed the gid PrimaryGroupID to match and did the same thing for the chgrp call. Anonymous says: Oct 31, AM. For some reason, chown wasn't in my path and couldn't find it since the locatedb wasn't properly loaded. Took me a while to find it but wanted to make sure others could find it easily. Adding it to delicious now! Anonymous says: Nov 03, PM. Hi all, Anyone can help me with this?
Anonymous says: Nov 18, AM. This one might be a little more complete. Also changes owner of symbolic links. Also uses xargs to execute the chown command as few times as possible. Note I just did this on Lion.
How to change your Mac username
Roman says: May 23, PM. Finally, I've updated the guide according to your hint. Thank you! Anonymous says: Jan 04, PM. It's very important to use "chown -h" instead of "chown". The link target may have a completely different uid.
Right, I've changed the commands. Anonymous says: Jan 21, PM. After a restart it also changed automatically the ownership of the user's files? Or would this only change the user-id and nothing more? Thanks for any hints ….
Locked out of your Mac? How to bypass and reset your password to get back in - CNET
I doubt that this will work, but I haven't checked. Feel free to try and report back :. Anonymous says: Feb 11, AM. No, it's not sufficient. Anonymous says: Oct 03, AM. No problems here, but of course you should have an clone or a backup of your system and user stuff. This is a great manual!
Resetting your Password
Since I wanted to have my System and Accounts on the SSD, but the working files "data" on the old drive, this was a real pain. I didn't want to get rid of all user stuff on the old drive either, to have a fallback in case there were issues with the new SSD. At least for the main issues I'm now really happy. Anonymous says: Apr 06, PM. I have done this on SL, but now find that the user wont show up in the login window.
I can manually type in my user name in the login window and that works. Anyone have an idea why this is? Alexey says: Aug 29, PM. There is no such problem with UID Anonymous says: May 24, AM. Changing to the root user worked up until I got to the Directory Utility.
Please advise. Anonymous says: Jun 19, AM. No problem at all - just use the sudo method In Terminal, type 'sudo -s' once, then begin with the rest of the guide. Be sure to use a different user account - not the one you want to change. You explained exactly what I was looking for. Works great under Lion. Anonymous says: May 30, PM. Thank you all for your useful comments! I've updated the guide accordingly. I'm glad if this how-to is helpful. Anonymous says: Sep 01, AM.
Method 1: Change or remove all user account passwords in "Users & Groups"
This is a great walk through and has worked flawlessly a few times now. I was wondering if you think this would easily be implemented in a script with prompts to enter text username, mainly. I'll be working on it regardless, but my skills aren't that fantastic. Anonymous says: Sep 01, PM.
Glad to hear! Sure, writing a script for this shouldn't be much of a problem. But I'm currently extremely busy, so I'm afraid I can't help you with that atm. Anonymous says: Aug 23, PM. First of all this article is great! Everything worked flawless for me. I am also interested in changing the default GID for a user account.