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ChangeShortName is a script and helper application that does the dirty work involved in changing the short name of a user's account in Mac OS X (versions 10.
ChangeShortName is a script and helper application that does the dirty work involved in changing the short name of a user's account in Mac OS X (versions 10.4.x, 10.3.x, and 10.2.x). It can also repair some problems that occur when a user has attempted to change their short username manually and done so incorrectly. For safety, it backs up the NetInfo database beforehand.
Changing your short username is a serious procedure, but ChangeShortName makes doing so easier and safer.
ChangeShortName is "donationware" by James Bucanek and Dan Frakes. Be sure to read the included documentation before using it.
ChangeShortName now deletes the Spotlight index, if present, for your boot volume, forcing Mac OS X to re-index that drive. This is necessary because Spotlight's index uses absolute pathnames (/Users/username/) rather than relative pathnames (~/) for files in home directories; when you change your short username, the absolute path to your home directory changes, which means Spotlight's index is no longer accurate.
Added word boundary checks to avoid erroneous replacements (e.g., changing rs to randysmith won't accidentally change /Users to /Userandysmith in pathnames).
Scans preferences files for references to old home directory.
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