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Skeleton User Accounts

If you're going to have any significant number of users on your machine (or machines), you'll soon find that being able to provide a more customized environment than what comes out of the system Users control pane by default, is a benefit.

Apple has provided a convenient method for you to perform some customization of accounts as created by the Users control pane.This is the inclusion of a UserTemplate directory, from which the accounts made by the pane are created by duplication. The family of UserTemplate directories, individualized by locale, are kept in /System/Library/UserTemplate. This system works for simple configuration settings that you might like to configure for each newly created user, but it has some limitations if you'd like to work with more complex setups. The largest of these is that if you're trying to set up complicated startup scripts, and sophisticated environment settings, it's nice to be able to log in for testing and tweaking.


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