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ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Im trying to change the short name of my mac. But i cant rename a Folder under Finder>Users. How do i rename it? Selecting the folders name and then pressing Return won't help. Also clicking the folder by 2 inetrval clicks doesn't work. Under 'Get info' -'Name & Extension:' ,under that, the name was greyed out. And you can not edit it.

 

How do I rename the home folder?

 

I'm logged in  as Admin, and the 'sharing & permissions' was set to read and write. Same with all the users..

 

Thanks.


iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Need help. This is the one that I would like to rename under Users>deleted user account folder.

     

    Ex: Finder>MacintoshHD>Users>'Useraccount'(Deleted)--- this one is the 'folder'

  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (46,475 points)

    How to change user account name or home directory name:

     

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

     

    https://discussions.apple.com/docs/DOC-3872

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    In 10.6.8 ?

     

    If so, you'll need to temporarily give admin read & write for the /Users folder, as well as giving staff read & write for the 'deleted' folder.

     

    You can also use Terminal, or enable Root, but that's not worth the effort.

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi klaus1, I used the 2nd link that you provide(..DOC 3872) but I'm stuck in step 4, where you will rename the deleted oldshortname folder to newshortname. It doesn't allow me to edit/rename the 'oldshortname'(deleted).

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi andyBall_uk, I have set all the user,staff,admin to have 'read and write' access to the (deleted) folder.

     

    I haven't tried using the terminal and as much as possible to not use the 'root', Still trying to follow the steps/procedure that etresoft share.

     

    By the way, I'm doing this just to change the shortname but I'm not after for all the files save. Just the application. Are there other way to do this? I'm reading now how to transfer files/application from old account to new account. But I don't know if it's still doable because I already deleted the old user/home account.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    >>you'll need to temporarily give admin read & write for the /Users folder, as well as giving staff read & write for the 'deleted' folder

     

    It's not enough, even as admin user, to have read/write for oldshortname(deleted)

    you need it (temporarily) for the MacintoshHD/Users folder too.

     

    Or at least... that works here on 10.6.8, whereas just as you say, the DOC 3872 way doesn't.

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Oh! Will try that and check it one by one from MacintoshHD/ Users/  oldshortname(Deleted) folder to have the Admin and Staff a read and write to all that folders. Thanks andyBall_uk!

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    Open Finder Info windows for both /Users and Users/Oldname (Deleted)

     

    In the one for /Users - give the admin group read/write, & leave the window open (unlocking the settings via the padlock & an admin name/pass)

     

    In the one for /Users/Oldname(Deleted) give the staff group read/write (unlocking the settings via the padlock & an admin name/pass)

    & you should then able to change the name in the same Info window...

     

    Finally, revert the permission changes, either manually, or via the action (gear wheel) menu at the bottom of each Info window.

     

    If you now create a new account, with the exact name you changed the folder to, you should get the message:

    "...folder in the Users folder already has the name “xyz.” Would you like to use that folder as the home folder for this user account?"

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi andyBall_uk, I don't know if I done it right. I have set all the  the following folder to have a read and write privilege. But under the /oldshortname(deleted) info folder, 'name & extension:' - it is still greyed out. :(

     

    Can I post a screen shot here so you can see what I've done if right?

     

     

     

     

    Off topic: One more thing, I accidentally click the 'this helped me' on one of my post because I'm posting this from my iphone. Can I delete it?

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    >>Can I post a screen shot here so you can see what I've done if right?

     

    Yes - just click the camera icon in the toolbar above where you type any reply.

     

    Here's the two folders:

     

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 10.12.57.pngScreen shot 2013-07-26 at 10.13.24.png

    Open Info windows for them...

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 10.13.49.png

    Change the Users folder so that admin group has read/write, change the ...(Deleted) one to give staff read/write

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 10.14.45.png

    Note the name above, can be edited...

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 10.15.23.png

    & don't forget to revert the permission changes...

    You must be admin for that to work.

     

    If it doesn't for you - I'd use Terminal instead

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen shot 2013-07-26 at 6.37.27 AM.png

    Am I doing it correct? I still can not edit the oldshortname(deleted) folder. It is still greyed out.

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    I can't say why it doesn't work for you - I've checked here several times on newly created/deleted accounts, using only the changes detailed above.

     

    Use Terminal, or given the small amount of data inside - create a new account with any name you like, & bring in the few files from deleted.

  • ronjet9 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Just in case I just delete the oldshortname(deleted) folder, how can I successfully copy the application that I want to retain? I don't have the cd/installer anymore, can I just copy it from the trash? or I have to unlock those folder from the /oldshortname(deleted)/ first then copy from there before I completely delete them?

  • andyBall_uk Level 7 Level 7 (20,485 points)

    in Finder - drag the user (Deleted) folder to your Desktop - the pointer should change to a green +, and ask you to authenticate with an admin name/pass when you drop it.

     

    The user (Deleted) folder should now be on your Desktop, with full read/write access to all of the contents. (Again works here)

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