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ford.boy
2nd July 2005, 08:21 PM
:huh:

It seems that I fudged the user names thing and then subsequently the permissions etc.

I used the apple generated Short Name for my ibook, 'timneill', which looks very out of place in finder. so I changed it to 'Tim' and now i have two home folders, one account and it seems a confused OSX andconfused applications.

I can operate with this minor problem... but it doesn't 'just work' like it used to :(

danno74
2nd July 2005, 09:02 PM
damn! I did the same thing at work the other day and can't seem to fix the problem...

Currawong
2nd July 2005, 09:20 PM
Am I getting it right that you only changed the name of your user folder?

ford.boy
2nd July 2005, 09:28 PM
Currawong, you are right.


I have fixed it.

Danno, go to Users folder. delete your old 'name' and rename your new one to what ever your old one is.
This will lose any preferences and keychains you havein your old folder... however I believe it would simply be a drag and drop to replace the 'new' folder's contents. I didn't have to deal with it because it's a fresh install of tiger.
I am, however, goingto go and repair permissions now.

Currawong
2nd July 2005, 09:35 PM
I guess you've discovered that you can't rename your user folder to change your short name. There is a guide on how to change your short name (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106824) available, but it's not quick and simple.

Repairing permissions wont fix things either, you have to know how to change ownership of all the files in a user folder.

ford.boy
2nd July 2005, 10:28 PM
Originally posted by Currawong@Jul 2 2005, 09:35 PM
I guess you've discovered that you can't rename your user folder to change your short name. There is a guide on how to change your short name (http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106824) available, but it's not quick and simple.

Repairing permissions wont fix things either, you have to know how to change ownership of all the files in a user folder.
There is acually a program out there... it does it all automatically.

I even downloaded it, but i'm afraid that'll wreck something. Moreso :P

So. timneill it is :rolleyes:

spargo
2nd July 2005, 10:44 PM
Click here for a previous thread (http://forums.appletalk.com.au/index.php?showtopic=8590) on how to change the name, so you don't wreck anything.. I've done it myself, and don't seem to have had any problems.

As a few people have warned, probably best you back up your important stuff, but it should go well..

Good luck ford.boy!