Removing deleted users' home directories

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by grrr223, Feb 8, 2002.

  1. grrr223 macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2002
    everytime I delete a user in os X, it asks where i want to put that user's home directory, and then I can't delete that folder from the user's directory. Anyone know how to get access to delete these folders? thank you.
  2. eyelikeart Moderator emeritus


    Jan 2, 2001
    Metairie, LA
    try the info here....

    I inquired about the same thing...

    click here
  3. MaxRool macrumors member

    Dec 19, 2001
    Lives in Melbourne, works in Sydney
    This will do it

    You cant delete another users directory cause you don't have permission.
    You can however get permission from the cmd line.
    your login has Admin.
    Name of user is to be removed is Max

    Open a tcsh. (open a terminal window)

    type in
    sudo rm-Rf /Users/Max

    you will be asked for a password. Use yours.

    In explanation
    sudo = Super User Do (gives you root access[or Admin if you prefer] to your machine)
    rm = remove
    -Rf = recursive force (perform the command on everything in this path and don't ask me if I'm sure I want to remove it ' cause I know what i'm doing)


    Use sudo with caution
    I am guessing that the user files have not been moved and are still in the Users folder. Otherwise use the path to where they have been moved to in your cmd line.

    Tell me if I have not been clear and i will run you through it step by step using MSN Messenger f you like.

    Good Luck
  4. tk-421 macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2002
    Katy, TX
    I think you can also boot into 9 and delete them too.

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