"Sharing only" account not visible in "Users & Groups" since Mavericks

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by Gary King, Oct 30, 2013.

  1. Gary King macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2004
    Before upgrading to Mavericks, I had a "Sharing only" account called "Shared" with a password, which I used to allow other computers to connect to my Mac. However, since upgrading to Mavericks, this account no longer appears in the "Users & Groups" System Preferences pane. I believe this is because it conflicted with the built-in "Shared" folder in /Users/Shared, so Mavericks probably had trouble with this account when upgrading OS X.

    However, the account itself still works, with my old password. Is there a way to delete this account, even if it doesn't appear in "Users & Groups", without deleting the /Users/Shared folder (which is separate; the folder is part of OS X, and my "Sharing only" account has no Home folder).
  2. newmacuser2013 macrumors newbie

    Dec 24, 2013
    Hi Gary, with regards to how to delete the sharing only account, you may want to consider the following suggestion from user Dibbler of Apple Support Communities. It has worked for me.

    "Go to the root of your hard drive then System > Library > CoreServices > Directory Utility.

    Unlock the window and go to the directory editor pane.

    In the top left corner of the window make sure the drop down window has users selected then search for the name of the 'sharing' account you want to delete.

    If it finds a result on the left hand side for it, highlight it and then hit the minus button at the bottom of the page and it will remove this account altogether."


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