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Create completely hidden accounts in 10.5 and 10.4.11
Authored by: stewarsh on Feb 02, '08 02:28:30PM

This is not a good idea at all. W/O a home directory the behavior of some programs can become un-predictiable. Remember OS X is UNIX now, and there are certain things that you have to deal with.



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Create completely hidden accounts in 10.5 and 10.4.11
Authored by: Anonymous on Feb 02, '08 02:36:40PM

If this were a normal user account, I would agree with you. But for most (if not all) administrative functions, a home directory does not seem to be necessary. You may get an error here and there, but everything from ARD to Disk Utility, System Preferences and Terminal all work as usual. You can download files, install software, delete and add accounts, change system settings, et cetera.

About the only thing you don't get is permanence between logins, because there is no ~/Library to save settings to. For my purposes, this doesn't really bother me. Plus, it keeps overhead for the hidden account to a bare minimum.



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Create completely hidden accounts in 10.5 and 10.4.11
Authored by: da2357 on Mar 14, '08 10:28:56AM

I agree. I tried this with a 10.4.11 iMac and while it created the user fine and hides it from the login window, it does leave problems... it doesn't provide a home directory setup, trying to get into System Preferences > Accounts results in a blank panel, and running a few commands/apps result in slow performance since there isn't a /Users/$USER/Library folder to write to. I was initially very excited, but this needs a user home in order to be a complete solution.



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