Accessing the root...

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  1. steeleclipse macrumors 6502

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    can anybody tell me how to get past the block that os x puts up when i try to do anything to the system files (root)???

    there is a bunch of little things i want to tinker with, however the os stops me...
     
  2. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    if you don't know how to enable root, you shouldn't be messing with anything...

    do a search for enable root user
     
  3. Kwyjibo macrumors 68040

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    i agree, its the same reaso you shoudl read all those stickers before you open a computer. If you don't knwo hat your doing you should stop and if you do go ahead and break the seal...i don't tihnk your ready to break the seal.
     
  4. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    thanks guys... i backed EVERYTHING up though (on 2nd drive) i will be representing apple where i work now, and i know the surface, consumer type stuff, but i want to get to the "root" of the OS and see what makes it tick...

    i turned on the root user, yet i still cant change things (replace the dock poof, etc.)

    what gives???
     
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  6. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    To enable root...
    • Open Terminal
    • Type 'sudo passwd root'
    • Enter your password
    • Enter a new root password
    • Re-enter the new root password
    BE CAREFUL!
     
  7. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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  8. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i changed the password, logged in as root user, authenticated in netinfo, yet it wont let me change anything in core services..

    any idea???
     
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  11. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    HA HA HA HA HA HA...i would laugh so hard if someone did that!
     
  12. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    apple doesn't want you to mess with the coreservices folder...what are you trying to do in there anyway?
     
  13. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    i am trying to change the dock poof, take out the volume sound (the beep when volume goes up or down) generally just learn about Jaguar under the hood...
     
  14. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what does that do???
     
  15. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    rm is the remove command...take a guess from there
     
  16. mnkeybsness macrumors 68030

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    try logging out of your username from the apple menu, then in the login box, type the username as root and type in the root password...though i do not recommend doing this at all...especially since there are programs out there that will change the dock poof.
     
  17. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I kinda figured as much :D
     
  18. zimv20 macrumors 601

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    rm -rf /

    rm: remove
    -r: recursive (descend into directories)
    -f: force
    /: start at the root directory

    wipes out everything on the hard drive. at least until the OS needs to reload something from disk that it's already trashed (e.g. the rm command itself).
     
  19. steeleclipse thread starter macrumors 6502

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    well ive tried everything... is it that i just cant get into coreservices????
     

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