Guest Login Question

Discussion in 'macOS' started by thewhitehart, Mar 1, 2008.

  1. thewhitehart macrumors 6502a


    Jul 9, 2005
    The town without George Bailey
    I have Guest Login enabled on Leopard. Whenever the Guest user logs out, the Guest's home folder is deleted from /Users . Is this typical behavior? I knew the folder was meant to be purged, but I didn't realize it was entirely deleted from the Users folder.

    My problem with that is I have web sharing enabled, and I wanted to have a web page sit permanently accessible at http://MYSERVER/~Guest/
    I can't do that when the Guest user is inevitably logged out sooner or later and the Guest home folder is deleted.

    Another related issue I have is, when accessing /~Guest while Guest is logged in, I get a 403 Forbidden message. I realized that when the guest account is deactivated and activated again, it fails to create a Guest.conf file in /private/etc/apache2/users/

    Creating new users automatically adds a "username.conf" file to the apache2 directory. But not with the Guest user.

    Can someone check to see and confirm if their Guest home folder gets deleted when Guest logs out, and if there's a Guest.conf file in /private/etc/apache2/users/ on your Leopard setup? I'm confused as to what the standard behavior should be.
  2. l8to89 macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2004
    In My Home
    It is in fact normal for all files to be deleted in the Guest account after Log Out, it does so on my computer and as the system preferences states, "When a guest user logs out, all information and files in the guest account's home folder are deleted." I watched on mine and the entire guest folder is deleted. Depending on what your purpose for this is, you might just want to create a user called Guest with the password as password. But might not be particle for what your trying to do.

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