Is this normal behavior? (after renaming home folder)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jmacdonagh, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. jmacdonagh macrumors newbie

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    I'm setting up a new iMac for my brother. We had copied all his music over, added it to iTunes, and he has had some fun customizing it.

    I was doing some work on his computer and noticed that his home folder was named his UNIX short name (ben). I thought it might be nice if I renamed it to Home, so I right clicked, chose rename, and did "Home".

    I opened Safari a little later and got a strange message saying the default keychain could not be loaded or found. The two options were "Cancel" and "Restore Defaults". I had been hitting Cancel a few times but it kept coming back. Sooner or later, I just hit "Restore Defaults", and it went away.

    Well, a little later I opened iTunes and was shocked to find there were no files in the library. I quickly opened up the iTunes Music folder and found all of the files sitting there just fine. I decided to restart.

    When it came back, I could not see any of the iTunes music files at all. Along with that, all the settings were back to default. I quickly got a backup of his music copied over, but then I started to investigate. Under /Users I found a directory named "Ben" and one named "Home". I looked under "Home", and found all his music there.

    Has this happened to anyone else? Would it be wise / possible to boot using the rescue disk and rename that "Home" folder to "Ben" (to keep all his old settings)?

    Thanks
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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  3. jmacdonagh thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do indeed know about Unix (I run Linux on my primary machine). There were two things that made me think this was OK though:

    1. I had renamed it from "ben" to "Ben" without having a problem. UNIX has always been case sensitive, so I figured it might create a sym link or something like that. I figured since I was able to rename from "ben" to "Ben" (two completely different locations on a UNIX system), then a rename from "Ben" to "Home" wouldn't be a problem.

    2. Why would OS X let you do it without some kind of warning (the warning when creating a user account doesn't count ;) )

    Anyway, thanks for the link. After posting I Googled and found a quick solution. We're back and in working condition again. Hopefully I defended myself well enough to show that I'm not a complete idiot.

    EDIT: Ah yes, it appears that although most *nix derivatives are case sensitive (which relates to their file system more than anything), apparently OS X is not. My fault!
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Heh... as for #1, Apple made the filesystem non-case-sensitive. So that is different from most of the Unix world.

    As for #2, only admin users (and the root if it's enabled) have this privilege. If you set up a standard or managed user, they will not have the permission. So I guess they assume that administrators can be trusted. ;)

    Glad you got it fixed. Sorry if I was a little snappy... someone new posts this thread actually about once a week on Macrumors. ;)
     
  5. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    mkrishnan, welcome to the club of snippy UNIX gurus. Drinks are the next table over. They're free, so please, help yourself until the pain goes away. :p
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    The pain never goes away, my friend. :eek: :D :eek:
     
  7. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Given the frequency of these threads on here, I have to wonder the same thing :)
     
  8. skye12 macrumors 65816

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    I renamed mine when my ibook was a week old. Lost all my itunes files.
    Spent at least an hour with applecare but no luck.

    As that Apple info piece says, don't do it!
     
  9. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    You realize you can fix it, right?
     
  10. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, if worst came to worse you could have made a disk image of the folder to retrieve the information.
     

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