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  • 15. Re: I have asked this before ..
    Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,155 points)

    If you see all your expected data when you're logged into your account, then all you need to do is follow the instructions in the very first link I posted to change the name of the apple folder.

     

    I'm not sure why Ralph is giving credit to someone else for realizing your home folder was "apple" since that was actually me.  It was obvious after your second image was posted, so I'm not sure where the confusion comes in with the others.

     

    But, you may want to disregard my advice and pay attention to only etresoft, just to keep things simple.  Too many cooks in the kitchen etc...

  • 16. Re: I have asked this before ..
    altv Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Imp68

     

    Thanks for that. I'll have a crack at the changes etresoft shows, which in essence is what your link states except that yours was putting something in through the Terminal. That is my worry because I do not know enough about the Apple system to play around in there! It's a pity I can't just change the home directory from the window that I showed in my 3:58 post. That would then be very easy t change the element through the Choose Option. But since that hasn't been mentioned, I assume it does something drastic to the overall system! 'Twas ever thus!!

     

    altv

  • 17. Re: I have asked this before ..
    Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,155 points)

    If the t..v.. folder you created in your /Users folder truly contains the same data as your "apple" folder, then you can simply create a new administrator account, and make the "account name" the same name as that folder.  The t...v... folder just has to be all lower case with no spaces (if it's not, then stop here and don't do this).  Then you could simply log out of your current account that uses the apple folder and into the new one you just created.  You'll get an error message about the folder existing, but then you select to use it anyway.  This also corrects permissions issues at the same time.

     

    Again, listen to etresoft for now, though.  If that doesn't pan out, you can just follow what I've posted.

  • 18. Re: I have asked this before ..
    etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (24,270 points)

    Imp68 wrote:

     

    That apple folder IS your shortname.

     

    If you see all your expected data when you're logged into your account, then all you need to do is follow the instructions in the very first link I posted to change the name of the apple folder.

    A user's home directory name and short user name are two different things. Normally they are the same, but they don't have to be. That User Tip you referenced is appropriate for someone who just wants to change their user name and home directory name, when nothing else is screwed up. In this case, things are all messed up so I wouldn't recommend following those instructions. According to what altv posted, the account name is the "surname but all lower case" whereas the home directory is "apple".

     

    It may be that the actual short name is still not the same as the home directory, when all is said and done. We may still need to rename the home directory to match the short user name. Perhaps altv had a space in there or something and that is what caused problems.

  • 19. Re: I have asked this before ..
    Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,155 points)

    @etresoft:  Those instructions would make any differences in short user name and account name (which is highly unlikely anyway) completely irrelevant, since a new user is created using that method.  It's already been established that "apple" is the home folder, which is all that method cares about.

     

    @altv:  In my previous post, I just want to emphasize "truly contains the same data".  If you did end up following what I said there, keep in mind that a user's home folder also contains a hidden library.

  • 20. Re: I have asked this before ..
    Imp68 Level 4 Level 4 (2,155 points)

    I wanted to edit my last post, but it expired...so...

     

    @altv:  pay attention to etresoft's method, not mine, for now.

     

    @etresoft:  while that link I posted would resolve the issue, what you've posted is more accurate to undoing what likely happened in the first place.  I misread a tiny detail when reading one of the follow up posts.  My apologies, you are right.

  • 21. Re: I have asked this before ..
    altv Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    etresoft

     

    I think it is now working. There was a few small glitches, but because there was not a lot of information on this machine, it was a bit like adding to a new machine and setting it up again. The glitches were nothing serious, and I had everything backed up, it was relatively easy to get back on line. I now have my name as the main Home folder and the apple as an also ran. Everything is fine.

     

    Many thanks for your patience.

     

    altv

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