I tried to reset the password with the CD, didn't work. I tried the method mentioned here, boot into single user etc. When I used this method, the computer couldn't find the file, ie no such user root, or System Administrator, or my login name. I am currently using X from my second (slowwwww) drive and am trying to avoid doing a new install. Any help would be appreciated.
[Editor's note: Anyone seen anything like this? It appears that the Users data is either missing or damaged, based on James' description of the symptoms...but that's a semi-wild guess on my part...]
Over in this MacNN forum thread, 'JoeyA' identified a rename bug in the Finder, which I've verified on my machine.
If you have a filename that is less than six characters in length and starts with a number, then you cannot modify the name to start with a zero. If you try in the Finder, the name will revert to the previous setting. The only workaround in the Finder is to lengthen the name to at least six characters and then add the zero (this can be one step). After the change is made, then you can re-shorten the name.
Alternatively, you can rename the file in the Terminal with (for example) "mv 3abcd 03abcd" and it will work fine.
Admittedly, this bug won't hit most of us, but if you're having trouble renaming a file with a leading zero, this appears to be the cause.
There is a problem with my 10.0.4 that is increasingly apparent. Whenever I click on the Connect button in the Internet Connect application (used to dial up a PPP connection), my superb ultrafine preemptive multitasking goes to hell. Everything freezes, nothing responds, only the mouse is moving (rather hopping from place to place). Force quit of course does not appear either if I press cmd-alt-esc. I even rebooted several times, thinking that my OS X simply froze. But if you wait long enough, eventually everything resumes, the Mac dials up the connection and everything is fine. The delay caused is not fixed a varies from time to time.
My guess is there is a delay when setting up the modem with AT commands, some sort of hardware interupt which hogs the system. I have no direct evidence or solution, however.
If you open the menu item "connect to server" and write localhost, you will be connected to the same machine on which you are working. You will asked the user for the login. If you choose a user with administrator priviledges, you will asked to connect either to the volume of that user or the to the entire volume.
If you choose the entire volume, you can navigate over the full set of directories of the volume. This means that you will be able to see also the classic Unix directories such as /etc, /usr, /tmp etc. In this manner, you can use the GUI to navigate to the hidden directories on MacOsX.
Just one warning: inside these directories, there are some UNIX links that are displayed as folders even if they point to normal files. If you click over some of these folders, the Finder seems to go to an infinite loop. In this case, in order to regain the control of the machine, press the button on the keyboard used normally to startup or shutdown the system. It will apperar a pop up window that will ask you to shutdown the system or to put it in "stop" mode.
If you choose "stop", the system will break the connection to the localhost server and then stops. Then, pressing a button of the keyboard, the system immediately restart without loosing anything except the freezing connection. You will be able to continue working normally.
[Editor's note: Interesting tip; I haven't yet tried this myself, but it seems like an alternate method to get to the hidden UNIX folders quite easily. Just watch that infinite loop caution!]
A tip published in December of 2000 pointed out that the System Preference panels are stored in /System/Library/Preferences. At that time, about all that was said about this was that you could double-click an individual pane, or drop the panes into the dock for fast access. For some reason, I failed to mention that you could also drop the entire folder into the dock for easy pop-up access to any individual preference panel, as seen here. I use this and the Volumes in Dock pop-up to make navigating to prefs and hard drives quite easy.
There are three ways to get the pop-up in your dock...
EASIEST: In the Finder, click on your OS X hard drive, then the System folder, then the Library folder, then the Preferences folder. Drag this to the dock. You now have a prefs pop-up, but it doesn't have a custom icon, and everything is named with ".Preference" at the end of it.
HARDER: As before, highlight the Preferences panel, but now cmd-opt-drag it to your home folder. Then highlight the System Prefs application in the Applications folder and copy the icon. Select your new shortcut and paste the icon. Drag the new shortcut to the dock. Now you have a custom icon, but you still have ".Preference" after each item.
HARDEST (but still easy): Create a new folder in your home directory (or wherever you have write access), and name it with the words you'd like to see when you roll over it in the dock. I used "SysPrefs". Open a new Finder window and navigate to the /System/Library/Preferences folder again. This time, select all the prefs files inside of the folder, and cmd-opt-drag them to your new SysPrefs folder. Edit each new shortcut name in SysPrefs to remove the ".Preference" ending, and copy/paste the System Prefs application icon as in the "Harder" method. Drag this folder to the dock, and you'll see the results pictured here.
Note that the custom icon will NOT survive restarts in 10.0.4; you'll have to re-drag the customized folder in each time you restart. Hopefully 10.1 will address this issue.
Neal Parikh has updated his TerminalBasics PDF to version 2.0, and it now includes a fairly extensive section on pico and emacs, and other sections have been rewritten and expanded. It's linked in the box at left, or just click here if you're feeling lazy ;-).
Notice how Cocoa apps actually have emacs bindings? At least on the control-key anyway (try control-A in a text field in OmniWeb). How would you like to have those meta (option) key bindings available as well? It's simple enough to do. Just copy this file to your ~/Library/KeyBindings directory (make one if you don't have it).
[Editor's note: You may wish to visit the page first to make sure of what you're downloading. And if you don't use Emacs and/or like their keyboard-editing shortcuts, then you probably won't be interested in this hack all that much!]
Eric Poelzl found the solution for those of us that can't mount CDs or DMG files. He has posted it in Apple Discussions. Open NetInfo Manager (in Applications/Utiltiies) and see if there is a Unknown User (click on 'Users' in the Directory Browser area). If not, you have to add it back in. Create a new entry with the following settings:
While I don't try to maintain macosxhints as a news site (there are many others that do it much better than I could ever hope to!), I am posting this one news blurb.
The demo of 10.1 at this morning's MWNY keynote was quite impressive (even if it was on a dual G4/800 ;-). However, there was much about the update that was not announced. If you haven't yet, make sure you check out Apple's Mac OS X New Version information page. There are a number of details there (like not just resizable column view, but individually resizable columns) that are quite interesting.
We have to wait until September to get it, but the good news is that it appears Apple has been listening to its customers.