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How to change Users name in Terminal > Users.

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eiger3970 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jul 24, 2013 12:22 AM

Hi, I am trying to change my Users name from firstnamelastname to mac on my OSX10.7.5.

I went to Terminal > Users and tried to rename, however upon reboot, the Terminal > Users always brings back the folder firstnamelastname.

 

How can this be changed?

 

I did go to Mac > Apple > System Preferences... > System > Users & Groups > Current User. This shows the firstnamelastname has been changed to Mac.

However I need the Terminal files in /Users also changed from firstnamelastname to Mac.

Mac 10.6.8, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • Solai_4 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 12:33 AM (in response to eiger3970)

    In system preferance in login option change fast user swithing to shortname reboot

    it will chaneg to your shortname and reverse the process by change to full name i hope it will fix this issue

  • Solai_4 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 1:11 AM (in response to eiger3970)

    Just create other user with new name and transfer any personall stuff then remove that user.

  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 5:28 AM (in response to eiger3970)

    Here is Apple's approved solution to changing your short user name:

    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428

  • Eric Root Level 6 Level 6 (13,850 points)
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    Jul 24, 2013 10:26 AM (in response to eiger3970)
  • Barney-15E Level 7 Level 7 (33,275 points)
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    Jul 25, 2013 4:22 AM (in response to eiger3970)

    What you did is incorrect and will never work.

     

    The steps in those articles are the only way to do it.

     

    However, do you wish to change the name of your Mac and not your short user name?

    If so, that is done on the Sharing System Preference.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)
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    Jul 25, 2013 4:49 PM (in response to eiger3970)

    Firstnames-Mac:Users firstnamelastname$

    To recap:

     

    Firstnames-Mac:Users is the computer's name, stored in the Sharing prefPane, mentioned by Barney-15E.

     

    firstnamelastname is the current user's shortname. To change that, see Changing user account shortname.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2

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