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MacWorld article expands on Groups posting
Authored by: klieb2002 on May 09, '02 03:14:42PM

It turns out that my guesses on NetInfoManager's operation were mostly correct. The latest (June 2002) issue of MacWorld has an OS X Secrets column by Dan Frakes on page 102 that goes further, describing how to copy groups and add users, and also how to change the group associated with a given file using a GUI shareware utility called XRay.

There is also a link to a page which purports to tell you how to set up OS X such that your home directory is on another (possibly remote?) volume. The link given is:

This may help the respondent who wanted to be able to move his/her home directory to a remote volume.

Also, someone suggested that I could achieve what I wanted using OS X's three built-in groups, without resorting to NetInfoManager; I had considered that approach, but didn't want my partner to have Administrator priviliges, so no go.

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MacWorld article expands on Groups posting
Authored by: robleach on Feb 18, '03 06:49:54PM
I tried out the article's reccommendations and it didn't work for me. Here's what happened:
[hoth:/Volumes/thila] robleach% sudo ditto -rsrc "/Users/robleach" "/home/plague2/users1/robleach/pub/robleach"
/private/automount/home/plague2/users1/robleach/pub/robleach: Operation not permitted
[hoth:/Volumes/thila] robleach% 
I'm trying to "merge" my network account and my local account so I don't always have to deal with file permissions in an RCS system on a UNIX machine. I've managed to figure out an automount of the remote disk via help on this website, but am now having trouble with this account problem. The 2 accounts have the same username, but different uids and groups. Even if I change the home directories and all its subdirectories to be owned by the uid and gid of my network account, I get the same error from ditto. I'm attempting now to tar it up an mv it to the location, but as far as merging the two accounts, I imagine that will be a nightmare. I think I know what to do so that I won't harm my network account, but as far as getting the mac to still work afterwards I imagine will be wrought with peril. I did make a back-up user account under a different name as a safeguard.

Our sysadmin had suggested simply changing the uid/gid on my current local account to match the network account, but I tried that and ran into trouble. Luckily, I was able to reverse the damage.

Any advice on this? How should I go about merging the accounts? My current network account makes decisions in the .login and .cshrc files based on the return of uname to differentially create my path and aliases etc depending on the system I log into (sun, linux, sgi, etc). Is there any reason to believe the same strategy won't work for my mac?


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