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Caution: Do not rename a user's home folder
Authored by: JamesJM on Jul 22, '07 11:09:23PM

Good question Fairly...

My first reaction is obvious... "What does WHY matter?"... this shouldn't happen in the first place, not without 'decipherable warning' anyway. I mean, asking for a password really doesn't tell you much.

BUT... I'm new to the Mac world... and for Mac users I see, (now), how one might ask this question. I used Windows for years... time out of mind... this kind of change in Windows is commonplace. Changing the name of a folder remaps everything? The concept is almost, not entirely, unheard of. In fact, and although it causes less of a headache, renaming the "My Documents" folder in windows can cause headaches as well.

So, when setting up my Mac Pro I inadvertantly left my shortname named "User". No big deal. BUT... after all else was working fine, I thought... "Make my shortname more meaningful... personal"... the process to change it was a snap... what could it possible hurt to change it from some impersonal computer designated name to something that meant something to me? So I did.

I have noticed that Mac users, in general (certainly not referring to everyone), are very content leaving things "AS IS". When I don't want to I get a lot of responses along the "Why do you want to change that...." variety. Well... it's just bred into ya with Windows. <smile>

And once again... lest someone thinks I'm dissing Mac... I am a 100% convert... I'm just not up to speed. It was what I considered an innocuous and trivial edit.... and I paid for it dearly. - JamesJM



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