Changing your uid on Mac OS X
By martin on Oct 02, 2006
Since I'm going to turn my brand new Ultra 40 into a NFS server, I have to match the uid on Mac OS X with Solaris.
Being an UNIX geek, I immediately created a temporary admin account and ran
sudo vi /etc/passwd
only to be baffeled by the fact that the user
Then I glanced at the comment at the top of the file.
It turns out that
/etc/passwd is only used when you boot into single user mode,
instead I should be looking using the
Once my uid and gid had been changed, I ran two onliners to change the user and group of all files and directories I own:
# find / -user 501 -print0 | xargs -0 chown -h martin find: /dev/fd/3: Bad file descriptor # find / -group 501 -print0 | xargs -0 chgrp -h martin find: /dev/fd/3: Bad file descriptorAnd I could log out of my temporary admin account and start using my normal account again.