Lowercase Account Name

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by auero, Sep 10, 2016.

  1. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    Has anyone noticed that Sierra requires a lowercase account name? It automatically changes it regardless of how I write my name.

    I understand the reasoning behind this decision, but has anyone gone through with manually changing it after install?
  2. Veldhuis macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2015
    Yes I noticed this too when I did a clean install of Sierra GM last week. Annoyed the * out of me.
    However, I noticed when you create a new account once Sierra is installed, you can start it's name with a capital letter.
    Really strange, no? So I wiped my drive once more, and set up Sierra with a temporary account first (and didn't log in with my Apple ID there). Then, from that account, I set up my regular account, of which the name starts with a capital letter.
    OCD much?
  3. auero thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    My understanding is that it's done for people who do a lot of terminal work. Usually you use lowercase usernames in Linux to avoid errors when writing and entering specific paths.

    I didnt think to create a new username because like you, I wiped my machine again. It annoys me, but I'll end up leaving it probably. I saw a radar filed identifying the issue as well as previous versions of OS X that acted similarly.

    I didn't think to create a new account though. That's a good idea if it really bothers you.
  4. simonmet, Sep 11, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016

    simonmet macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2012
    So just out of interest (I've always used the default all-lowercase format), you don't actually have to type the leading letter as a capital do you? You just like it looking that way?

    Being a fairly heavy unix/terminal user it never even occurred to me that usernames could have capitals! Case in point: my username on this site! :p
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
  6. frou, Sep 11, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2016

    frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    Mac uses case-insensitive filesystem by default. Make typos in Terminal and it works anyway!

    $ cd /sYsTEM/lIBrArY/
    $ pwd
  7. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    I noticed this during setup as well. Strange because every other version of MacOS I've ever installed allows capital letters in the short user name.

    MacOS Sierra does still support it, as you can change the short user name in the Advanced Options pane and the letters remain capital there.
  8. Veldhuis macrumors newbie


    Aug 13, 2015
    Yes I like it looking this way, with a capital. Not sure if I have to type it as a capital. Never have to type my username when logging in/unlocking my Mac. Auto-unlock, or a click on my username/avatar and typing in my password. ;)

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