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How do you view Mac OSX user id without having to boot into OSX? I can mount the drive, but I can't find the UID for my user, which would hopefully enable me to access files without being root.

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You can just check who owns your home directory, using stat /mnt/Users/weberc2 for example. This is the UID that actually matters, anyway.

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That's helpful, but I would like to know the UID of my account as well, in case they are different. I already figured that out and posted the corresponding answer. Thanks for your assistance! –  weberc2 Feb 24 '12 at 9:40
    
They are almost never different; files that you create are owned by you. –  grawity Feb 24 '12 at 11:20
    
Yep. Long story, but my circumstances required me to check both. I voted up your answer because it was helpful. –  weberc2 Feb 24 '12 at 17:43
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I found my answer here. This is the UID that's tied to the user account.

According to this article, the user information can be found in this file

/var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users/{user-name}.plist

I verified and the UID was at the bottom of the file, in my case. There's also some business about a generateduid, but that's not what you want, so ignore that.

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