Change My Home Directory Name to Match My Short Name

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BVGuitarPlayer, Apr 28, 2008.

  1. BVGuitarPlayer macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    Somewhere in the process of Migration and Setup Assistant accross 3 computers, I need to change my home folder name to match my shortname. It is getting a little confusing to have two short "names."

    My home folder is - admin
    My short name is - bobbyv
    I would like tho change my home folder to bobbyv

    The admin account as you can imagine is root, i have two other accounts, one that is admin and one that is not. I know about the advanced options in the accounts preference pane, but I do not want to change in without knowing what I'm doing because I do not want to have an empty and clean new home folder, my data is important.

    Thanks everyone.
  2. proboscisjoe macrumors member


    May 12, 2008
    Not Quite a Solution

    Having discovered this two-week-old post during my own nigh on exhausting search for information pertaining to a user's ability to change the home directory, it hurts to know this information may no longer be of use.

    Ultimately, there is no 'safe' way to change the home directory. It's certainly possible, and though you can avoid losing your data by simply backing up and restoring it, the implications will still be felt when applications that expect to find certain files in a certain directory are suddenly incapable of doing so and none of your settings and customizations are functional.

    I imagine the only discomfort you'd be vulnerable to would be if file permissions required changing to reflect the new user shortname (and I'm just assuming this scenario is possible, but don't actually know).

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