When you first installed the Mac OS, an administrator account was created. Each Mac only needs one administrator account, but it might be a good idea to allow one or two other individuals to have administrative privileges. In addition, an administrator account has elevated privilege levels that allow the user to make many changes to the way the Mac operates. Setting up administrator user accounts is a straightforward process.
You can also promote a standard user account to an administrator user account; more about that later. You will need to be logged in as the administrator in order to create or edit user accounts. The administrator account is the account you created when you first set up your Mac. Launch System Preferences by clicking its icon in the Dock.
Click the lock icon. You will be asked to provide the password for the administrator account you are currently using. Enter a nickname or shorter version of the name in the 'Short Name' or 'Account Name' field. Your Mac will suggest a short name; you can accept the suggestion or enter the short name of your choice.
This should be something that will jog your memory if you forget your password. Do not enter the actual password. The new administrator user account will be created.
Users, Groups, and Guests Defined for File Sharing on Macs
You can change the user icon at any time by clicking the icon and selecting a new one from the dropdown list of images. The standard settings do not have a Staff group. If it is a work group you'll need to be physically connected to the work network to see that group and re-add it.
I am not a member of a work group. I have always had 'Staff' as a group that I could assign permissions to. I think that this is normal based on the following Apple link: Troubleshooting permissions issues in Mac OS X To quote the relevant section. Almost all files and folders in your home directory will have your username listed as the owner. The super user "root" is a member of these and several other groups.
Explain Staff group
Non-admin users are members of "staff" only. Typically, all files and folders are assigned to either "staff," "admin," or "wheel". While the above deals with OSX Here is another reference to Staff that I found: 1. What creates the ACL problem?
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You can see it in action by creating a new user account admin access , and create some dummy files in it. Try to change the names of these files, and no problem you can do so easily. Now go to up one directory level to your user folder, open a Get Info window on the new account you just made. You will see several users in the permission section, most likely "user", "staff", and "everyone".
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Which was taken from the following forum: Permissions nightmare with Leopard Originally Posted by Lutze. Are you an administrator on the machine? My interpretation of those links above is that only Admins have rights to assign Staff group permissions Originally Posted by gehenna. Not sure about Snow Leopard, but Leopard got rid of "Staff" a long with the old way of setting up groups.
Remember when Apple was the little upstart?
Originally Posted by tempestas. Last edited by craigc; 9th September at PM. Originally Posted by craigc.
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Now, I am really confused. If Leopard got rid of Staff, why did it appear on my machine - first with Leopard and now with Snow Leopard.
I have never had an earlier operating system installed.