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Hiding the PaperCut account from the login screen on Mac print servers
Last modified on 04 February 2013 03:51 PM

On Mac print servers (systems that you set up as a primary or secondary PaperCut server), PaperCut creates a host user or service account. This account is used to run the various services and processes required to track printing. Running as a service account allows the administrator to manage access control and have more comfort in the security of the system than if those processes ran as root (a security faux pas).

Prior to version 13.1, this service account would be displayed on the login screen of Mac print servers by default, despite it not being a regular user account that anyone could log in as (it has no password). In version 13.1 and newer this account is hidden from the login screen by default. This account can be hidden manually from a Terminal window as follows:

sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/ HiddenUsersList -array-add 'papercut'