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Authored by: aaronfaby on Nov 11, '02 04:11:40PM

Hello Rob,

I certainly understand your point of view, and I respect it. And, I am certainly grateful for the service you provide. However, I'm sure there are many OS X users out there who may try to implement this without fully understanding the ramifications.

There are many cases where this is bad. You are right, you can change this if you boot normally and edit the file. But what if the system won't boot normally? This can be caused by many things. A damaged filesystem, or possibly even a bad startup script (this has happened to me many times). In these situations it is not possible to boot into multi-user mode, and if the user has disabled single-user mode then they can't boot into that either. They could boot into a Mac OS CD, but what if they don't have one handy?

As a long time unix user and system administrator, I cannot think of one single reason why this should be done. However, I can think of many reasons why it shouldn't.


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