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Jedi Knight
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I've been doing some work on my computer which requires me to be logged in as several different users simultaneously, and OSX's "fast user switching" is driving me batty.

Entering the passwords for each user every time I want to switch back and forth between the active user is getting old very fast.

Is there a way to switch between logged-in users *without* having to re-enter the password each time? Since I'm already logged into them and I'm sitting right in front of my keyboard, I don't see any "security" reason to require it.
 
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There's no way around it, unless you can do all the work in the Terminal.


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Remove the passwords from the other accounts.


If you’re not completely appalled, you’re not paying attention.
 
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Will it still ask for the blank password in that case, or does it just switch?


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Professor Hubert Farnsworth: “Nothing is impossible. Not if you can imagine it. That’s what being a scientist is all about.”
Cubert J. Farnsworth: “No, that’s what being a magical elf is all about.”

 
Posts: 5473 | Location: Sterling Heights, Mi | Registered: January 25, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Still asks for a Password for each Account but you can just hit "enter" to do this faster. When he's done he can put real Passwords back in again.


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You can choose one login to be the "auto" login account for that machine, then it shouldn't ask for a password for that one account. The other accounts still will need a "empty" password.


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Jedi Knight
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Linda, my main account (which has admin privileges) has "autologin", but when I switch back to it I have to enter the password. Since I need the internet when doing this task, I'm not comfortable removing the passwords from the other account(s), even though they don't have admin privileges -- should I be?

Even "blank" passwords are still a nuisance -- I want to be able to switch "active" users by just hitting a key!
 
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I think there is a shareware application (or hack) just waiting to be written (but not by me).

I would envision it to work like Spaces, but instead of it sliding over to reveal another virtual "window", it would slide over to reveal a window owned by another logged-in userid!

Or, maybe just a "function key" which would cube-rotate to the other userid.
 
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Originally posted by Steven J Gold:
... I'm not comfortable removing the passwords from the other account(s), even though they don't have admin privileges -- should I be?


You should never be comfortable removing the password from any account. {Security Maxim #42}

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Automatic login applies only at system boot time. Red Face
 
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And Maxim 43 - you should never be comfortable bypassing security that's baked into the OS.


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Professor Hubert Farnsworth: “Nothing is impossible. Not if you can imagine it. That’s what being a scientist is all about.”
Cubert J. Farnsworth: “No, that’s what being a magical elf is all about.”

 
Posts: 5473 | Location: Sterling Heights, Mi | Registered: January 25, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Not sure what you are doing exactly. A couple times I had to go back and forth to different users. In my case, I was able to do everything in my primary account and save to the Shared Folder. Then accessed everything one user at a time.


Jamie
 
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