How to Add a User from the OS X command line, works with Lion

Yes, you can add a user easily with the built in GUI tool that ships with OS X, but that will setup the account to be able to share music, login, and even modify the dock.  If you want to setup a captive account, you will need to be able to setup an account from scratch.

However, most blog postings are so old and outdated, they are simply wrong.  This is the updated procedure, wherein I setup a captive git account:

sudo dscl . -create /Users/git UserShell /usr/bin/git-shell

sudo dscl . –passwd /Users/git PASSWORD

sudo dscl . -create /Users/git UniqueID 503

sudo dscl . -create /Users/git PrimaryGroupID 1000

sudo dscl . -create /Users/git NFSHomeDirectory /Users/git

cd /Users

sudo mkdir git

sudo chown git git

That should be enough to get you started.

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