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#111 What exactly does "enable new machine setup” do?

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Steven Klein

I’m looking for any documentation or description of this feature.

Does it remove users from /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/users ?

Does it remove their user directories in /Users

Does it do something else? I’d like to know what it does, since I’m not at all inclined to experiment with what could be a very dangerous feature!


  • Steven Klein
    Steven Klein

    Point of clarification: Since I set up and configure Macs for clients, I can see where this might be a useful feature for me. For example, I could get a new Mac, install software, configure printers, install updates, etc., then make it act like a “new, out of the box” Mac.

  • As I remember, I think it simply removes this file:


    Which, when removed, on next reboot, will send your Mac into the setup cycle again.

    • status: open --> closed
    • milestone: --> 1.2