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Use trackpad tap-to-click on login window and by default
Authored by: rhowell on Feb 27, '07 11:16:06AM

Semantics really, but just so new users (especially those coming from another *nix) are not confused:

The root account is not disabled by default. It is enabled and present, and you can escalate your privileges to root at the command-line.

The root account does not have a password assigned to it by default. Thus, you cannot log in as root. "Enabling" root is really just assigning the root user a password.



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Use trackpad tap-to-click on login window and by default
Authored by: boredzo on Feb 27, '07 11:43:02AM

No, it is disabled by default. Having root disabled means that you can't login as root (even if you set a password for it), but you can still use sudo. You'll need an administrator account to use sudo.



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Use trackpad tap-to-click on login window and by default
Authored by: sharien on Feb 27, '07 12:04:09PM

Apple specifically says in the documentation that root access is disabled by default. In addition, the menu items in NetInfo Manager related to this use these terms.

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106290#four

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh1549.html

http://developer.apple.com/documentation/MacOSX/Conceptual/BPFileSystem/Articles/BSDInfluences.html



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