Setting up temporary account on iMac G5, while iBook is in the shop?

Discussion in 'Apple' started by Paul Tarantino, Feb 24, 2005.

  1. I have to send my wife's iBook back to Apple for repairs, and would like to
    set her up as a user on my iMac G5 while it's gone. I backed up her user
    folder to an external HD, set up an account for her on my iMac, and then
    copied the contents of her user folder from the external HD to her user
    folder on the iMac, but that didn't work; logging in on her user account, I
    didn't have privileges to open any of her folders (to access mail,
    bookmarks, etc.). Are there other files I should copy from the iBook HD to
    the iMac in order to amke this happen?


    Paul T.
    Paul Tarantino, Feb 24, 2005
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  2. Paul Tarantino

    Király Guest

    If that doesn't work (the Get Info method for changing permissions
    recursively is notoriusly flaky) you can launch Terminal, and type:

    sudo chown -r [her-username] [drag her home folder to the Terminal window
    and press return]

    Enter your admin password when prompted.

    To avoid having this problem in the future, just log in under her account
    when transferring the files to her user folder. That way all of the
    permissions will be assigned to her rather than to you.

    Király, Feb 24, 2005
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  3. You have already received advice on how to work around the current problem.

    The proper procedure to do what you wanted to do was:

    1) copy files to external HD
    2) Create her account on the iMac
    3) Mount the external drive, use "Get Info" to tell OSX to "Ignore permissions
    on this volume"
    4) Log in as *her* (!)
    5) copy files into her home directory in the proper places...

    OSX's basic rule of file ownership is very simple - if you create it,
    you own it. Copying files from one drive to another via the finder is
    "creating" them on the new drive. So you want to make sure that the
    desired owner of the file is the one doing the copying.

    So you want to "pull" files into an account, rather than trying to
    "push" them in. :)

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    Anno Siegel Guest

    Make that "chown -R ..."

    Anno Siegel, Mar 2, 2005
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