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djbetterly
04-02-2010, 08:16 PM
I keep getting this error"The home folder for user "xxxxxxx" isn't located in the usual place or can't be accessed." The home folder has been set, DNS, forward and reverse is working fine as well. What am I doing wrong?

unclemac
04-03-2010, 12:22 AM
What OS?

djbetterly
04-03-2010, 09:11 AM
Snow Leopard, 10.6.3, all clients are on the same.

unclemac
04-03-2010, 09:25 AM
Take a look at the System Preferences/Accounts. Right click on the user in question, and select Advanced Options...

Check the file path to user's home directory. Look OK?

djbetterly
04-03-2010, 06:32 PM
Take a look at the System Preferences/Accounts. Right click on the user in question, and select Advanced Options...

Check the file path to user's home directory. Look OK?

Do this on the client machine I'm assuming? All of the users are being managed by the server and therefore have no accounts setup on the client computer.

unclemac
04-04-2010, 10:15 AM
...oh, I misunderstood. Server. :)

Home directory on the server, or just authentication on the server?

djbetterly
04-04-2010, 01:41 PM
Home directory on the server. I have the directory setup as an nfs automount.

padawer
08-10-2010, 12:08 PM
I had the same problem, and a VERY QUICK AND EASY solution created by Thomas Tempelmann elsewhere worked for me. (In my case, I also saw the dialog box that said, "The home folder for user "xxxxxxx" isn't located in the usual place or can't be accessed.")

SOLUTION that worked for me:
1) Open the Terminal.app
2) Type this and then press return:
sudo xattr -d com.apple.FinderInfo /
(note: don't leave off the last space and "/" character before pressing return)
3) It should have asked for your password. Type it and press return.
4) Now do nothing else, except quit Terminal.app and then RESTART your computer (select "Restart" from the Apple menu)

More about the original problem Thomas described (identical to mine): "Finder shows empty desktop, and even an 'open /Applications' in Terminal does not open a window. Furthermore, 'open /' leads to the message that 'The alias <diskname> can't be opened because the original item can't be found'."

I had almost given up hope, but this simple command that resulted in a repaired "com.apple.FinderInfo" file did the trick for me. I hope this works for you.