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May 3, 2013 12:48 PM
May 3, 2013 8:02 PM

 

 

in here, https://discussions.apple.com/message/21766050#21766050 but I still have the original apple setting for all the files on the computer ..../users/apple/...

 

My question is how do I change that to .../users/myname/...? At the moment the system will not allow any change to the apple name. I seem to remember that before it went in for repair, the only significant thing that was with the users directory tree was my name! In the users directory now the apple folder is there as is Deleted Users, Guest, Shared and My Name. But to get to the files under my name is a wee bit strange. It seems to me that the apple folder is a default route. I notice in the Users and Groups in Preferences I am the only one there. I suspect that during the messing about when trying to get just me as the only user setup, I may well have deleted the apple bit, but it seems to have deleted it in name only!

 

Is there any way, with out going in to the bowels of the thing, that I can revert to users/myname/... as the main route for this machine?

 

Thanks

 

altv

iMac (21.5-inch Mid 2011), OS X Mountain Lion
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    May 3, 2013 2:37 PM (in response to altv)

    HI,

     

    When you first set up your Mac you are encouraged to put in your Name.

    This creates the Account on the Mac and it is always an Admin Account.

     

    It then becomes the only Account in /Users and the Full name you used is contracted to become the shortname and appears under the Little House icon.

     

    Of course you can use any other "Name" and create an Admin User that is not a named person.

     

    Then in System Preferences you can add more Mac User Accounts.

    These can also be Admin, or Standard  or Managed (Parental Controls turned on)

     

    One of these can be set up to open Automatically and avoid the Login Screen to chose which account you Login under.

    It would appear you have the "Apple" one set to do so.

     

    Pic showing a mixture of Admin, Standard and Managed Accounts

    Screen Shot 2013-05-03 at 22.36.33.png

     

     

     

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    10:37 PM      Friday; May 3, 2013

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,135 points)
  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    May 3, 2013 4:25 PM (in response to altv)

    Can you explain what you mean by "default route" being the Apple folder? If I understand correctly, Apple created a test account to check the machine. You tried to remove it and only deleted the account, not the home directory for "Apple". I am concerned about this "default route". Can you use the machine without every seeing the Apple folder? Or does this folder interfere with your normal operation. I can tell you how to remove it, but I want to make sure that process won't do any damage first.

  • Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,135 points)
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    May 4, 2013 3:46 AM (in response to altv)

    While you may come up as T...V... in your users and groups, that account seems to be using the apple folder.  That apple folder IS your shortname.  While logged in, do you see all your expected data?

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    May 4, 2013 7:29 AM (in response to altv)

    We need a little bit of information. Go to System Preferences > Users & Groups.

    Hold down the option key and click on your account. In the menu that pops up, pick "Advanced options..."

    What does it say for "Home directory"?

  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,840 points)
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    May 4, 2013 12:15 PM (in response to altv)

    Hi,

     

    etresoft knows more about this side of things than I do.

     

    He seems to have been aware to the Fact that the shortname is or has become "apple".

     

    I will leave you in his capable hands about the possibilities of changing the shortname.

     

     

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    8:15 PM      Saturday; May 4, 2013

     

      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.3)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,905 points)
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    May 4, 2013 12:39 PM (in response to altv)

    That is certainly odd, but fixable.

     

    First, use the Users & Groups System Preferences page to create a new user account. In the "New Account" field, make sure it says "Administrator". Then fill in the rest with the full name "Administrator" and account name "admin". Log out. Don't use fast user switching. Do a real Log Out. Log back in as the Administrator. Open some applications. Save some files. Make sure the Administrator account is working properly.

     

    Once you are happy that the Administrator account works the way you wish your account did, we can use it to fix your old account. Go back to Users & Groups. Select your old account. Go back to Advanced options. Next to Home directory where it now says "/Users/apple", click the "Choose" button. Navigate to the directory it should be and click "Open". If your current Account Name value is "smith", then the Home directory should now read "/Users/smith". Click the OK button.

     

    Log out of Administrator and log into your own account. How does it work now? If it doesn't work perfectly, reply back and we can use this new Administrator account to fix it. Ideally, you should keep this Administrator account around just for situations like this. You may even want to eventually downgrade your primary account to "Standard" for increaesd security.

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