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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: macavenger on Oct 29, '07 09:26:17AM

Enabling the root user is one of the first things I do after installing OS X on any machine-I fail to see why so many people say it's dangerous (sure you can mess stuff up- IF you don't know what you are doing), and having the ability to su to root makes so many things I do so much easier. Granted, I could get away with sudo -s, but I prefer root. Failing to find net info utility after installing 10.5, I just shrugged and typed "sudo password root" in the nearest terminal, accomplishing the same thing with no need to "root" around :)

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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: GlowingApple on Oct 29, '07 11:05:37AM
Oops, should have read your comment first. I see you mentioned the same method.

As a Linux user (as well as Mac user), I have had my share of dealings with the root user. If used properly and with a little extra thought, it's not a problem. Used carelessly, it can be disastrous. As root, I once ran rm -rf * on my box to delete everything in a scripts folder, not realizing I switched to another tty whose $PWD was /. Ended up deleting my entire OS. It was a test box, so no worries, but could have been a tragedy had it been a more important system.

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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: Fairly on Oct 29, '07 04:27:47PM

Why are you people only concerned about what YOU might do? Listen to Rob - don't listen to these people. Unless you're really super advanced you should never have root enabled and even the super advanced users enable it only to completely cripple it. So do NOT listen to them unless you want to be super-pwned. Listen to Rob.



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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: Fairly on Oct 29, '07 04:24:27PM

Boy am I glad Rob was here first to warn people before you posted. I gotta frame that one. "I could get away with sudo -s but I prefer root." That's absolute genius. Anytime you want to publish your IP or reveal further details I'm sure there are a few thousand MacBlackhats who'd love to contact you.



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10.5: Enable the root user
Authored by: junkie on Oct 30, '07 12:29:55AM

I am having a problem with one of my systems, I can't authenticate.

I can login but anytime I want to install or unlock something, I enter my user name and password but it fails. I am pretty sure the user is admin, at least it was, and I know the password is correct because I can log out and back in with it.

There was an Apple advisory with steps to fix login problems in single user mode, but that did not help.

Would getting root access make a difference?



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