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Oct 9, 2011 11:19 AM

I have an Apple iBook PPC G4 1.33 GHz running Leopard OS X version 10.5.8 and with 1 GB Memory. I just purchased this machine, which is in excellent condition, but I have a problem. It is not earthshattering and doesn't threaten the life of the machine in any way, but it is my machine and I would like the Home directory to reflect that.

 

The name in the System Preferences for Administrator is "gdavies", which is myself, but the Home Folder in the Finder sidebar is named "macuser". I went in as root user and came close to complete disaster, but got out in time. Having me named as administrator in Accounts but not on the Home directory is unusual. If both were called "macuser" I believe I could fix it, but this requires a greater level of expertise than I have.

 

Any ideas how to make home folder read "gdavies"? I just bought this iBook and it came with the Home folder named as "macuser". I changed the computer's name in "Sharing" in system prefs and I believe I may have changed the name in the Accounts. I know I should not have done it that way, but it doesn't help changing it back.

 

When I open the Users folder in the Mac HD there are there folders, one called "gdavies" with 10 items, most empty, such as desktop, downloads and so on, though dropbox is there.

 

The next folder is the house icon for the Home directory named "macuser" with 38 items and is the working folder. Then there is a folder called "shared", which contains no items.

 

How do I change the Home directory name in the Finder window sidebar to "gdavies'?

iBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1.33 GHz, PPC G4, 1 GB Memory
  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 11:25 AM (in response to gilli2000)

    You could try this:

     

    Go to System Preferences > Accounts and create a new account with the name gdavies, giving it administrative privileges. Log out and log in as the new user.

     

    Copy any contents you may need from the old account over to the new one, and then delete the old account.

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 11:26 AM (in response to gilli2000)

    The edit link on an original post is in the right sidebar in the Actions box.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 11:29 AM (in response to gilli2000)

    Open Accounts preferences in System Preferences. Click on the lock icon and enter the admin password for the account you are logged into, "macuser." Click on Login Options. Verify that the account, "gdavies," has admin status. If it does not then check the appropriate box to give it admin status. Turn off auto-login if activated. Log out of the acoount and log into "gdavies." Open Accounts preferences, click on the lock icon, authenticate with the "gdavies" admin password. Select the "macuser" account and click on the Delete [-] button to remove it. Select the option to remove completely.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 11:48 AM (in response to gilli2000)

    If you are already logged into "gdavies" and have admin status, then click on the lock icon and authenticate then delete the "macuser" account.

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 12:02 PM (in response to gilli2000)

    Then hold down the COMMAND key and drag the item out of Finder's sidebar.

  • Ronda Wilson Level 8 Level 8 (40,560 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 12:15 PM (in response to gilli2000)

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    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 13-inch i7/2.7 GHz/8 GB
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)
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    Oct 9, 2011 3:40 PM (in response to gilli2000)

    So clarify for me because I think I'm not seeing the picture clearly.

     

    1. What account do you want to use? Is it "gdavie," "macuser," or something else?

    2. Give me the full path to the "macuser" account you want to remove. It would appear that you see it as /Users/gdavies/macuser/. I thought it was simply /Users/macuser/.

    3. List the user folders you see in the /Users/ folder.

    4. List the account names displayed in Accounts preferences.

    5. If you don't necessarily want the "gdavies" account, then you could create a new admin account with the name and password you prefer. Log into that account and delete all the others in Accounts preferences.

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