Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2011 3:59 PM (in response to Kappy)
Gareth has said that he does want the gdavies account, Kappy.
It's hard to figure out exactly what's happened, but I think it must have to do with attempting to change the short user name improperly. Since the iBook is new to Gareth, maybe he should do an Erase and Install? (Assuming the system discs came with the purchase of the iBook, which many times they do not.)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2011 4:46 PM (in response to Kappy)
Kappy, I have tried to set the facts out below.
Okay here we go:
- There is only one admin and that is "Gareth Davies", which appears uner "My Account" in the Accounts pane in System Prefs.
- The Full Name: Gareth Davies
- The short name and the name to be used for the Home directory: "gdavies" *but* the short name *only* appears when logging in and out. It does *not* appear in conjunction with the Home directory (house icon).
- While I am actually logged out two names appear above the password field, one is "gdavies" and the other is "other".
- When logging in I haveclicked "other" and a user name field opens immediately beneath and I enter "macuser".
- is only one admin password and I did not plan it that way, I was using one password for the admin name in accounts, namely, "gdavies" and I do not know any other admin password. So I used the admin password with "macuser" and I was able to log in.
- I logged out and then logged in, this time using "gdavies" as the admin name and using the same one and only admin password. I was able to log in.
- I can log in and log out using either "macuser" or "gdavies" and the same admin password each time. Always the Home directory (house icon) is named "macuser" and always the named Admin in Accounts is Gareth Davies (Full name) and gdavies (short name).
- The is absolutely no account in Accounts except Admin - Gareth Davies and Guest. No account named "macuser".
- I have tried creating an account for macuser, but it turns into "macuser2" with a warning that another folder exists with that name. Not another folder in Accounts, just another folder in the computer.
That is it folks. I don't think I have left anything out.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2011 6:12 PM (in response to gilli2000)
I guess that's it for the day. Time to enjoy the evening. Thank you both very much Ronda and Kappy.
Like I said, I do appreciate the help you gave. Even though we may not have solved the problem, we sure got to know the beast a little better.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 9, 2011 7:02 PM (in response to gilli2000)
When you log into the computer you should select the gdavies account, not Other. I can't be sure what the "macuser" name is for, but if yours is the only account, then that's the account you should log into.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2011 7:05 AM (in response to gilli2000)
"Other" is Root User.
How to change the home directory short name in Leopard; http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428?viewlocale=en_US
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2011 7:13 AM (in response to noondaywitch)
From that Apple Knowledge Base article:
Note: Although you can change your Home name in Mac OS X v10.3 or later, you usually shouldn't.
Though there are other methods by which an advanced user may change the short name and related information, the easier and safer workaround is to create a new user with the desired name, then copy the old user's Home directory contents into that of the new user.
Which is what I advised.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2011 7:40 AM (in response to noondaywitch)
Well, I would not advise going into root if you're already having troubles, at least not without someone taking you through it step-by-step, and that's the only alternative listed there.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2011 9:38 AM (in response to Ronda Wilson)
But he's already got root enabled by the look of things.
Just a matter of following the instructions to the letter (yes, I know!).
It's not really that difficult; I've done it successfully several times in both Leopard and Snow.
Tiger and previous are a different story.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 10, 2011 10:16 PM (in response to noondaywitch)
Thanks for your input. It seems that I am not getting the true situation across. Please allow me to try one more time.
1. The Home folder ("blessed" with the house icon) in the Finder window sidebar is named "macuser".
2. There are two accounts and two only in macuser /System Prefs/Accounts, namely: My Account gdavies Admin and Guest Account.
3. There are 4 folders in Mac HD/Users, namely: gdavies, Guest, macuser ("blessed"with the house icon) and Shared.
4. gdavies folder has 10 items: Desktop (no items), Documents (1 item), Downloads (1 item), Dropbox (25 items), Library (26 items), Movies (no items), Music (no items), Pictures (1 item), Public (1 item) and Sites (2 items).
5. I can log out and in as gdavies and I can log out and in as macuser.
6. This computer is an iBook Mac OS X Version 10.5.8 (Leopard) 1.33 GHz PPC G4 Memory 1 GB.
Now, I have logged in as "root" via Directory Utility quite a few times and followed the Apple instructions to the letter and also with variations, all with *no* success. The situation is the same now as it was when I bought this beautiful little laptop 3 weeks ago!
I have logged in as *root* on other computers quite oftenover the years and always with success.
Normally the short name in Accounts and the name of the Home folder are one and the same. Here they are not the same.
I am the user with Admin privileges in accounts and yet the Home folder with the house icon is macuser.
I am stumped, well and truly. I hope that you can see now that it is not "Just a matter of following the instructions to the letter (yes, I know!)." I wish it were.
If you or anyone else can find a way to match the names between the Home folder and the Admin in the Accounts I shall be happy. Once they match all we have to do then is what you suggest, "follow the instructions to the letter", but only when the names match.
I am using the iBook without any problems, Dropbox works like a charm, I am hooked into my home network with 3 other computers all running wirelessly using Airport and I upload and download to and from my web sites without problems. So this is not a life and death thing, but you will agree, I am sure, it is a conundrum.
I have accepted the fact that I am ther one in Accounts with the Admin privileges and that macuser is just my "alter-ego"! :- )
I am amazed how helpful and courteous everyone is on Communities support.
Thanks everyone. If anyone gets a solution please let me know.
Best regards to everyone and to all my Canadian fellow macusers, happy Thanksgiving (tomorrow). I know, my American friends get to eat turkey in November and December!
Gareth (on Vancouver Island)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 27, 2012 9:29 PM (in response to gilli2000)
As far as I can tell I have the exact same problem I've been trying to sort out for 4 months.
Your home name on the side bar is not what you want but it seems to be the name of the computer not a user?
I've looked in Accounts and the name isn't there so I can't change that. And I've tried changing the name in systemspreferences/sharing/computername and it hasn't made a difference.
Sorry I can't help, but if anyone else can that would be fab.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2012 3:39 AM (in response to beellzabub)
You'd be better starting a new thread - the last post on this one was last October. (I get notified of updates because I contributed).
However, you miss out essential information - what OS version are you using? Changing the Home Folder short name is relatively easy in Leopard (and Snow Leopard and I believe, in Lion), but fraught with difficulty in Tiger and Panther.
I'm not sure it's even possible in earlier versions without a re-install.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 28, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to noondaywitch)
Oh I have no idea. It's Version 10.6.7 but I don't know what type.
The finder window doesn't really bother me, it's when i make a comment on a PDF and the comment post-it has the wrong name on it.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 29, 2012 1:37 AM (in response to beellzabub)
If you're running 10.6.7 you don't have an iBook (which this forum is for)
The situation you describe would suggest that the Mac is secondhand and was passed to you with an account already set up?
You can change the Account Name (full name) in System Preferences > Accounts. Click the lock and enter your admin password to make changes.
That's the easy bit.
If you want to change the Short Name (the one that appears in the sidebar on the house icon) you need to be logged in as Root and you need to follow the instructions (for OS X 10.6 for Root, 10.5 and above for changing the name) to the letter; the reason for the extreme care here is that the Permissions on all your data are linked to the short name, so if you just change the name you end up with no access to your data.
The network name that appears in the Places section of the sidebar on other Macs in the network (if any) is changed in System Preferences > Sharing (Computer Name at the top).
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 29, 2012 8:43 AM (in response to gilli2000)
I understand what your problem is. I was having the same problem. I was wondering if you ever figured out how to fix it, because I finally figured it out today. Let me know if you want to know how I did it and I can post what I did!
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