Changing an account short name in Leopard

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  1. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    I notice that the advanced options in the Accounts prefpane include the ability to change an account's short name. Has anyone been brave enough to try this? How did it go?
     
  2. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    I went to pref pane for accounts but where does it allow you to change the account short name, I am not seeing it anywhere. I thought his was the thing during registration of your Mac that it said you could not change?
     
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  4. Objectivist-C thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You need to click on the padlock to authenticate, then right-click on an account name.
     

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  5. erandall38 macrumors 6502

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    wow never knew that was there. How did you go about just right clicking and finding that?

    Not sure if I would mess with that.
     
  6. Objectivist-C thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Crazy voodoo.

    Me neither, hence the topic.
     
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  8. Objectivist-C thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It works without issue. The steps:

    1. Change your short name and home folder location under Advanced Options
    2. Run
    Code:
    sudo mv /Users/old /Users/new
    in Terminal
    3. Reboot
     
  9. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Just for future reference I'd be careful with changing the short user name. It usually doesn't cause any problems but some things can get confused if you do it (an old version of Netscape comes to mind).
     
  10. Objectivist-C thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I realized afterwards that it hosed my Dashboard setup, but no other unexpected issues so far.
     
  11. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    I've got doubts about this...

    1. Do you change the short name and the home directory? (ex. Jim->Pete and Users/Jim -> Users/Pete)

    2. In the code do you have to replace users/old and users/new with your old and new short names? (ex. users/jim users/pete)

    Thanks,

    Ams.
     
  12. JediMeister macrumors 68040

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    Apple posted an article about this some time ago...

    here
     
  13. Objectivist-C thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes and yes, or just follow the steps in the article linked above.
     
  14. anti-microsoft macrumors 68000

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    Thanks! Really appreciate it!:)

    Ams.
     

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