Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Access other users from the login panel Desktop
Ordinarily, to log in as console, root, or a network user, an admin must have enabled the "Other..." button on the "List of Users" login panel (covered here in a previous hint).

However, even if the "Other..." button is disabled, you can still access the "Name/Password" login panel:
  1. Press the down arrow to select one user in the list.
  2. Hold the option key, and press return.
The login panel magically transforms from the "List of Users" to the "Name/Password" dialog. From here you can enter "root" if you've enabled root, or ">console" to enter a text-only environment, or the name of a network user. Unfortunately, if you have chosen the "Name/Password" panel, there doesn't appear to be a way to force a switch to the "List of Users" panel.
    •    
  • Currently 2.00 / 5
  You rated: 1 / 5 (3 votes cast)
 
[10,427 views]  

Access other users from the login panel | 5 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Access other users from the login panel' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
Where can I deactivate
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Sep 14, '02 02:06:35PM

It was enabled with 10.1.5 but I now want to disable "Others..." in 10.2.

But the on/off button in System Preferences is gone!

Any hints?



[ Reply to This | # ]
Where can I deactivate
Authored by: zenox on Sep 14, '02 05:08:43PM

Yep, same problem!!
How can we deactivate it?????



[ Reply to This | # ]
Where can I deactivate
Authored by: daveschroeder on Sep 15, '02 12:40:08AM

"Other..." shows up in list of users mode on 10.2 when one of two things is true:

1. the root user is enabled, or

2. a network or other authentication agent is available

I'm guessing you probably enabled root. Disable the root user via NetInfo Manager, and "Other..." will go away. (And just in case you think you need root enabled, you don't. You can do everything you need to do with sudo, and even get a root shell with 'sudo su' or 'sudo -s').



[ Reply to This | # ]
Where can I deactivate
Authored by: deleted_user18 on Sep 15, '02 03:24:44AM

Thanks! Never would have figured this out on my own.



[ Reply to This | # ]
Where can I deactivate
Authored by: tiojuan on Oct 02, '02 10:14:16PM

You can just de-activate the root user altogether (which will require you to re-activate it anytime you need it but that should be infrequent). Launch NetInfo Manager from the Applications/Utilities folder and from the Security menu select "Disable root user". If you ever need to login as root again, go back to NetInfo Manager Security and select "Enable root user". As long as it's disabled so will the "Other user" option on the login panel.



[ Reply to This | # ]