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Make OS X re-run the initial setup assistant
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Aug 17, '04 03:42:15AM

In both Jaguar and Panther, the file .AppleSetupDone is at


The original hint might seem to imply that it's at


...since that's where the hint says to cd to, but the first two periods in

rm ../.AppleSetupDone

changes the target of the rm command up one level, into the /private/var/db directory. If you're able to boot into OS X instead of needing to use this to fix a nonbooting X, and you don't feel comfortable using the command line, just use a utility like Cocktail or OnyX to make the files visible, and moved them manually.

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Make OS X re-run the initial setup assistant
Authored by: johnsawyercjs on Aug 17, '04 03:45:56AM

I forgot to mention: the file .AppleSetupDone is zero K, meaning it doesn't contain any data, so don't worry about trashing it--its presence alone is taken by the OS to indicate that the setup process has been completed.

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Make OS X re-run the initial setup assistant
Authored by: Davekro on Jan 02, '05 09:53:55PM

I was able to CCC clone my old PowerBook OS to a volume on my (new to me) G5 internal HD, Archive and Install OS 10.3 into that volume then do combo update to 10.3.7. So Powerbook system is running in one partition of the internal G5 drive.

What I am really trying to get to is combining my old data and software from the PowerBook and the software on the new to me G5 without (as much as possible) disableing/damaging/deleting the software on the G5.

To this end I attempted entering Single User Mode and typing the recommedned:
mount -uw /
cd /private/var/db/netinfo
mv local.nidb local.old
rm ../.AppleSetupDone

But when I got the black screen with white text on my second try...

When I hit 'return' to start a new line to enter the above text, the cursor was at the end of a second line ...Root # again. As I tried just typing all in one line (which did not seem correct), the fan keft getting louder and louder so I decided to get out by holding the power button 5 seconds to force quit.
Did I mess up the copy of that volume -OR- both copies on 2 of the 3 volumes with clones on the internal drive? Should I erase both volumes (or even 'zero' and repartition the entire drive to be safe)?

First attempt was with a 'non Apple Keyboard' which did not get the white text screen. second try I plugged an Apple keyboard in and got the white text (as stated above). Both attempts had the Microsoft ergonomic wireless keyboard and the external HD still connected.

I am hoping where there is a will... there may be a way. ;o)

Best to you,

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