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Old Mar 6, 2007, 09:37 PM   #1
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What is the default root password for OSx?

Hi,

I have a problem, I need to install a program call zimbra and the software ask me to login as root.

I can't remember that I have enter or change password for this super user root account.

Anyone can point me to the right direction?

Many thanks!

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Old Mar 6, 2007, 09:41 PM   #2
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By default ROOT is not activated. You must go to your utilities folder and go to net info manager and activate the ROOT account.

Once in net info manager go to:

1. Security
2. Authenticate
3. Security
4. Enable Root User
5. Follow prompts

Good luck, though playing with root is risky and make sure you are 100% sure this is required.
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Old Mar 7, 2007, 12:21 AM   #3
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As long as we're talking root access, here's another question. I normally use a Standard User account, probably because I'm still a little bit skittish - I'm a recent switcher - and I noticed something strange. If I'm in my Standard User account and have to use the terminal and use the 'sudo' command, i get a prompt for a password. When I enter the Administrator account password, the prompt indicates that I entered the wrong password. When I log into the Administrator account, however, I can use the 'sudo' command with no problems. Why is that?

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Old Mar 7, 2007, 01:05 AM   #4
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As long as we're talking root access, here's another question. I normally use a Standard User account, probably because I'm still a little bit skittish - I'm a recent switcher - and I noticed something strange. If I'm in my Standard User account and have to use the terminal and use the 'sudo' command, i get a prompt for a password. When I enter the Administrator account password, the prompt indicates that I entered the wrong password. When I log into the Administrator account, however, I can use the 'sudo' command with no problems. Why is that?

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By default only admins are in the sudoers file - however if you're reasonably Unix-savvy, you can add your non-admin account in as well (and it will stay there).
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By default only admins are in the sudoers file - however if you're reasonably Unix-savvy, you can add your non-admin account in as well (and it will stay there).
From a technical point of view Westside answered your question. However, since you are "a little skittish", you should accept the extra security of having to log into a separate administrator account. Otherwise you might as well have the convenience of working as an administrator all the time.
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