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March 13, 2006

How to Hide a User Account in Mac OS X

It turns out that the trick to hiding a user account is the userid needs to be less than 500. The always-enjoyable Mac Geekery has explicit instructions for changing an account:

Make the user in System Preferences (secretadmin in this case)

Quit System Preferences

In Terminal:

$ sudo dscl .
> cd /Users/secretadmin
> read
UniqueID: 502
/Users/secretadmin > change . UniqueID 502 402
/Users/secretadmin > change . NFSHomeDirectory /Users/secretadmin /var/root

Open System Preferences; the user should not show up (ID is below 500)

Delete the now-unused home in /Users

Posted by Ozguru at March 13, 2006 06:00 AM