1937 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: May 4, 2010 7:14 AM by Jazzer68
Sorry mate - I am not sure that it is as easy as that! If you change the user id to one that is already being used by another account, you could have some serious trouble.
You need to realise that the account "name" is just a user friendly reference to the user id. The file permissions are actually stored against the user id, which is then mapped back to the name for display purposes.
To get this kind of file sharing to work properly, you need to create the accounts on each machine in the same order so that they get the same user id for each name. e.g
First account created (Admin) becomes 501
Second account created becomes 502
For your situation, the cleanest way to go (IMHO) would be to to start with a fresh install on the "empty" machine, and then create the user accounts in exactly the same order as you did on the iMac.
There are other ways of doing it without a fresh install, but they can be hazardous and time consuming in their own right.
What was odd was that though the accounts were the same on the two Macs there was no knowledge of this - each account was setup to log into the iMac with a UID and Pword from the iMac, rather than using an account from the MacBook.
I tried altering the IDs but succeeded in killing the keychain..
So, deleting the offending account and recreating it has worked fine. Suddenly it can log into the iMac and read/write files as it should have been able to do before.
As the MacBook is am empty machine deleting the account was a very quick process.
Thanks for your help, just wish I know what the problem was!