Currently Being ModeratedMar 13, 2012 5:00 AM (in response to balongers)
That's one thing you should never do without asking first.
The short name is what your data permissions are linked to - change it without the proper procedure and you get the situation you find yourself in now.
As you're on Tiger, it's not a simple fix either.
Try this article from the X-Lab for recovery.
Then, if you really must change the name follow;
The right way (scroll down to 'OS X 10.4.11 and earlier')
Note that this requires enabling and logging in as Root. If you choose to do this, be very careful to do only what the instructions say. You can wreak untold damage to your system if you get curious and start poking around.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 14, 2012 5:27 AM (in response to balongers)
You and many others I fear. I really think it should be made clear at the install stage that the short name can't be easily changed once set.
Still, that's not going to happen with any OS up to and including SL, so no use my beefing about it!
I have been told it's a bit easier in Lion, but that's fairly academic for many of us.
Hope you're sorted now, anyway
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