Restoring from Time Machine backup relocates home directories

db iamsudo at
Fri Sep 15 12:09:43 UTC 2017

On 15 Sep 2017, at 04:32, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote:
> I recently reinstalled macOS and, during the setup process, restored from a Time Machine backup. One would think that after restoration, the machine would be in a state sufficiently similar to the one it was in at backup time, but for our purposes, it is not, specifically with regard to user accounts.

May I assume that by macOS you mean 10.12?

Hasn't this problem already been reported in previous versions of OS X?

To prepare for the manual fix, would it be enough to run `port cat installed | grep add_user`?

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