Share Home Folder Between Users

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by abcdefg12345, Mar 31, 2014.

  1. abcdefg12345 macrumors regular

    abcdefg12345

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    I have a macbook pro running os x 10.9.2 and I'm trying to have 2 accounts one my everyday account (standard) account and a hidden admin account and i want booth of them to have the same home folder so that whatever i do in one account i can login to the other account and its completely the same the only difference would be that one is admin and one is standard is that possible to do

    i think i can do it by going to system preferences accounts and clicking on advanced options and giving booth accounts the same names and settings except for the user id the admin will have to have an id below 500 so i can hide it

    but I'm not sure if that would work i don't want to make booth accounts inaccessible

    example

    everyday account
    User ID: 501
    Group:staff
    Account name:myname
    Login shell:/bin/bash
    Home directory:/Users/myname
    UUID: XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Aliases: my email

    admin account
    User ID: 401
    Group:staff
    Account name:myname
    Login shell:/bin/bash
    Home directory:/Users/myname
    UUID: XXXXXXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXXXXXXXXXX
    Aliases: my email

    and should i keep every account on different UUID or give them the same id
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    I think you'll cause more headaches and problems because he folder and file has permissions and you try this with a standard user, it could fail as it will not have the authority to access various folders/files or write to them.

    Sharing two home folders doesn't sound like a good idea to me, and opens the door to problems down the road.

    Why not stick with a single admin user, and avoid the std user account?
     
  3. 808? macrumors 6502a

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    Why not just create 2 separate accounts?

    They share the same apps and same hardware.

    Login with your Apple ID on both accounts and all your data should be synced.
     
  4. abcdefg12345 thread starter macrumors regular

    abcdefg12345

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    the point is to have everything exactly the same in booth accounts without waisting space copying and syncing stuff between accounts

    heres what i did
    1. my main account was admin
    2. created a new admin and completely hid it and turned my main account into standard account
    3. created a 2nd admin account (to use later)
    4. logged back to the hidden admin and changed Home directory so it matched the main standard account and had to restart the computer
    5. logged into the 2nd admin and went to users right clicked the shared home account and went to get info
    6. set the sharing permission so its read and write on booth accounts using the home folder
    7. logged back into the hidden admin and it looked exactly identical to my standard account
    8. i deleted the second admin and logged out of the hidden admin went back to my account and it had the same settings it had before

    so now booth accounts have the exact same settings, folders, dock items, desktop items, login items, safari bookmarks and reading lists, everything is exactly the same as if they're one account only difference is main account is standard and admin is hidden and have different name. and every time i change something in on account and login to the other its been changed too.
     
  5. 808? macrumors 6502a

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    As suggested above, why not just have 1 admin account?

    Why do you need 2 accounts?
     
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    What you are trying to do is to thwart the fundamental design of UNIX, a multiuser operating system. The whole point of having different levels of privilege for various accounts is to protect the system from damage. If an administrative account shares its Home folder with a standard account, then the concept administrative account has no meaning.

    Apple has gone a long way to doing what you claim you need. Most applications are installed in the global Applications folder by default. You may store your user files in the global Documents folder. Except for restricted accounts, all users have access to files and applications in global folders. There is also a Shared user account to which all other users on the system have access.

    Learn to use your computer as it was meant to be used.
     
  7. Danno15 macrumors newbie

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    I Might have a valid reason to do this

    Need help as my maim admin account is corrupt in some way. New accounts work fine but the admin can't open any bundled apps at all. They just crash immediately.
    Tried re-install, repair permissions . Repair disks etc but to no avail.

    I was thinking if I swapped the home folders over between the corrupt admin and the new admin account I could then delete the corrupt admin account ( if it lets me)

    Any ideas?
     

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