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Change your short username
Authored by: mcmark64 on Apr 27, '03 07:52:27PM
I recently changed the shortname for my account and found that I had to do the following:
  1. In NetInfo Manager:
    click on /users/oldname and then on the lock in the lower left corner
    change every occurance of oldname to newname in the property fields
    check all groups for occurances of oldname and change them to newname
    if this was an administrator account you will need to change the name in the admin group and in the wheel group, however, to change anything in the wheel group you must run NetInfo Manager as root, e.g., issue the following command from a terminal window:
    sudo /Applications/Utilities/NetInfo\\ Manager
  2. rename the /Users/oldname directory to /Users/newname
  3. rename any configuration or preference files that have oldname in the filename; one that I found was ~/Library/Keychains/oldname
  4. many preference files (in ~/Library/Preferences/) will have paths in them that contain oldname; you can try to update these files, delete them or just leave them alone
So far everything seems to be working okay. Even my administrator priviledges remained intact. Your milage may vary.

-- McMark

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Change your short username
Authored by: barnabas on Mar 16, '04 09:30:18AM

If you rename your Keychain file, you will also need to run the Keychain Tool to update the list of your keychains. You will need to remove the old file, add the new one, and make the new one your default.

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