Problem changing short name in SnowLeop

Discussion in 'macOS' started by BigRedSky, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. BigRedSky macrumors newbie

    Jun 17, 2010
    Hi - first post, and new to Mac after years with Windoze.

    I bought a used iMac, and started using and installing things, and then realised it'd be good to change the short name.

    I've followed the apple guide, ( but when I log in as root, rename the user directory to the new name and try to then create an account with a matching name, instead of getting the warning / override option the apple guide suggests, I instead get "Name is used by another user" in red, and no option to override.

    Any clues?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    I usually avoid this because things can get messy if the permissions don't get switched over properly. An alternative is to add an alias account name.
  3. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010
    "Changing the short username in Leopard" - by Dan Frakes, Mar 28, 2008

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