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hiddenmuse Level 3 Level 3 (970 points)
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Aug 19, 2012 8:40 AM

When I set up my user account last year when I got this computer, I am pretty sure I remember a shortname being filled in or suggested to me, and it had an uppercase character for its first letter. So, my short name is "Name" -- except, you know, instead of "Name" it's my first name.

 

Anyway, I haven't had any issues until I installed 1Password. I'm having some trouble keeping it in sync, and ran a troubleshooting app as part of their guidance and I see that they say an issue is that my shortname contains an uppercase letter, when in fact it should be all lowercase.

 

I find mixed reviews online of whether all lowercase in the short name is still a thing—I've found a few places that say uppercase letters were allowed in 10.6.8, but others say that it should be all lowercase and I need to change my shortname.

 

I'd really rather not change it, but just to see how I would do it if I ended up having to, I checked out these instructions http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428. I got hung up on enabling the root user, though, because I'm not able to select "Enable root user" from the edit menu. It's always grayed out.

 

I then found this Apple doc on enabling the root user in Mountain Lion: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH11331?viewlocale=en_US but it's nothing different. "Enable root user" is still always grayed out in the edit menu.

 

So... Is there no way I can enable the root user? I'm running 10.8.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.2), 15" Early 2011
  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 19, 2012 8:52 AM (in response to hiddenmuse)

    Press the padlock in Directory Utility. You shouldn't activate root because it's dangerous. It has got the complete control of OS X and it can make your computer unprotected

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 19, 2012 9:04 AM (in response to hiddenmuse)

    You can login as root pressing Command and S keys in boot. It hasn't got UI

  • mende1 Level 10 Level 10 (89,470 points)
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    Aug 19, 2012 10:22 AM (in response to hiddenmuse)

    But you need to login as root if you want to change the name. If you activate root in OS X, you can enter to it in UI

  • Joseph Delaney Level 3 Level 3 (515 points)
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    Aug 25, 2012 3:36 PM (in response to hiddenmuse)

    Click on "Services" or "Search Policy"  then click the big padlock at the bottom of the window.

     

    The password prompt should have a "modify configuration" button, once you click that the "enable root user" option should be activated.

     

    The smaller padlock on the "directory editor" won't work for enabling the root user.

  • Larry Keck Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2012 9:22 PM (in response to Joseph Delaney)

    Great job.. Joseph!  spent 30 minutes all over looking and found your correct answer!

  • Xtinktor Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to Larry Keck)

    I'm experiencing the same problem. I followed what Joseph said, but I'm still stuck. Even after putting my pw and click on "Modify Configuration", the Edit Pencil button is still greyed out (unless I click on Active Directory, LDAPv3, or NIS).

     

    Any other tips?

  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,685 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to hiddenmuse)

    Users & Groups > unlock. > Login Options < Network Account Server > Join > Open Directory Utility.

     

    Unlock (your login password). Menu > Edit > Enable Root User.

  • Xtinktor Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 6:45 AM (in response to VikingOSX)

    Oh wow, am I ever an idiot!

    Thanks Viking!

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Nov 6, 2012 4:58 PM (in response to Xtinktor)

    FWIW, enabling the root user account to change a user's shortname is taking a sledgehammer to put a tack in a wall to hang a picture. Better is to follow this:

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3872.

     

    I've not enabled the root user account since installing OS X in 2002 and I use the Terminal and the CLI routinely.

    27&quot; i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • TKDigiCom Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2013 12:29 PM (in response to VikingOSX)

    When I click "Open Directory Utility" nothing happens, it just goes back to the Login Options window.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Mar 20, 2013 1:27 PM (in response to TKDigiCom)

    You're not paying attention. Use the tip I pointed to earlier.

    27&quot; i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.3), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
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