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10.6: Enable root user on Snow Leopard
Authored by: jeremyp on Sep 28, '09 08:58:03AM

It wasn't the recommended way to do it in Mac OS X 10.5. The recommended way was to simply create a new user with the right short name and copy everything across from the old home directory to the new one.

Note that, all the method saved you was doing the copy - you had to do a rename instead. Note also, that you could do exactly the same stuff with the terminal and sudo.



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Changing short name (Account name:) in SL
Authored by: wallsbk on Sep 28, '09 10:15:03AM
The way I'd recommend for Snow Leopard is the go to System Prefs > Accounts, right-click on the user account to change, and select Advanced Options.... Change the Account name: and reboot. I think that's all there is to it, though if you also want to change the Home directory name you have to change the Home directory: listing in the Advanced Options page, and the folder name in /Users.

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10.6: Enable root user on Snow Leopard
Authored by: j-beda on Sep 29, '09 03:32:49AM

"It wasn't the recommended way to do it in Mac OS X 10.5. The recommended way was to simply create a new user with the right short name and copy everything across from the old home directory to the new one."

Well, since I linked to the Apple support database entry on "how to change the short user name" I just figured that that was the recommended method. Since I cannot find anything recommending a file copy method (which could take forever for a large directory, and not be able to fit, and perhaps have some permissions issues) I do not really think you have made your case very well.

In any case, I just saying that some actions were simplified by having a root account that could be logged into. I think there are some other Apple instructions for Server that also recommend enabling the root account. Of course disabling the root account after it has been used to do whatever one needed is probably wise.



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