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Disable >console login mode in Jaguar Desktop
While trying to find a way to disable the >console login feature, I found what seems to be an old tip (different site). That tip being, you could disable the >console login by adding a user named ">console" with a secure password.

Sounded good, but doesn't seem to work in Jaguar. However, after tooling around, I found an easier way (which works) to disable the >console login feature. In your favorite text editor (emacs of course), edit the following line in /etc/ttys:
 console "/System/Lib...#onoption="/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"
[NOTE: The line is much longer than shown here; trimmed for readability. It's line nine in the /etc/ttys file]

The only thing you'll be adding is the hash before the onoption command. Save. Reboot.

[Editor's note: I have no idea if disabling >console is a good idea or not; it seems it leaves single user mode intact for troubleshooting, but I am not going to test this one on my machine. Comments, anyone?]
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Authored by: marmoset on Jan 14, '03 02:52:22PM

No offense, but I am trying to think of a single good reason to do this, and I am failing.

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Authored by: Tiresias on Jan 14, '03 05:10:16PM

me too actually. I used to sign in as >console to run mozilla so it would be fast on my 266 mhz machine. Now I just use Safari ;)
but honestly, loging in under >console is just a regular user account. Anything you allow them to do there they could do in Terminal.

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Authored by: bmcgill on Jan 14, '03 05:38:24PM
Policies in some organizations may want to limit access to any type of command line. Such policies can be enforced with the use of 10.2 Server & Workgroup manager. This tip is probably not a concern for individuals.

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Uh, mine is disabled, don't know why
Authored by: elmer-12 on Apr 24, '03 03:39:27PM

I'm in Jaguar, and that line does not have a # in it, (see below) and yet my console login is disabled. How do I enable it?

console "/System/Library/CoreServices/" vt100 on secure window=/System/Library/CoreServices/WindowServer onoption="/usr/libexec/getty std.9600"

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