760 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2011 3:29 PM by Pondini
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2011 12:04 PM (in response to grtgrfx)if the account has already been migrated, as "Eric 2", and you wish the account to be "Eric." And you already have account "Eric." then you would need to delete or rename account "Eric," and then rename account "Eric 2" to "Eric." Mac OS X: How to change user short name or home directory name.
There is a reason the steps include deleting "Eric", ones you rename "Eric 2" to "Eric", when you create a new account called "Eric" it's going to modify the ownership settings on the folder "Eric" to match the account.
The alternative option is to delete account "Eric" and "Eric 2," and then remigrated the account from the old computer.xserve, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2011 4:21 PM (in response to TeenTitan)I appreciate your reply.
There is only one account, called Eric, however the corresponding Home folder for Eric is called Eric 1. The other folder called Eric was inactive, a duplicate (and deleted). If the migration had gone smoothly, there would have been only one folder, but since Migration Assistant froze during several attempts, I had several partial identity transfers.
The KB article assumes you have an account with the wrong name and a similarly wrong-named Home folder, and that is not the case. I'd want to retain the current user name, and not create a new one. Let's proceed from here.
Thanks, Eric'08 2.66GHz Intel twin Dual-Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.5), 6GB RAM, 2.6TB HD, BT, ATI Radeon 5770, Boot Camp w/Windows 7 Ultimate
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2011 5:48 PM (in response to grtgrfx)Hi,
Assuming you have everything backed up, I think you could try the following steps to change your home folder name from *Eric 1* to Eric:
Proceed with the first three steps advised by the [KB article|http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1428] mentioned earlier:
For Mac OS X 10.5 or later
1. [Enable the root user|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1528].
2. Log in as root.
3. Navigate to the /Users folder.
If the inactive Eric folder has not yet been deleted, either delete it now, or rename it to something like Eric.old.
Rename the *Eric 1* folder to Eric.
Still logged in as root, go to System Preferences>Accounts, control-click on the Eric account, and click Advanced Options. On the next screen, change the Home Directory field from */Users/Eric 1* to /Users/Eric, and then click OK.
Then restart, and try to log in normally as Eric. If all goes well, disable the root account.Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2011 3:29 PM (in response to grtgrfx)Your best bet, by far, is to start over, and use +Setup Assistant.+
See [Setting up a new Mac from an old one or its backups|http://web.me.com/pondini/AppleTips/Setup.html] (or use the link in *User Tips* at the top of the +Snow Leopard > Installation and Setup+ forum). Start with the green box there.24" iMac 9,1 2.66 GHz; 4gb; 640 gb, Mac OS X (10.6.7), dual-band AEBS