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Discussion in 'Mac Help/Tips' started by G5orbust, Aug 28, 2002.
i believe it is: sudo passwrd root
type in the password u want and ur done.
am i right?
The GUI way to do it is
applications -> utilities -> NetInfo Manager
Enable root user
change root password
yeah my frined told me the terminal way
i was close (is passwd not passwrd)
without causing the argument i did last time...a caveat.
be careful with root.
you could check out osxfaq.com if you're unsure about unix stuff. they've got heaps of terminal stuff there.
Instead of enabling the root user you can enable root for yourself for specific functions in the terminal by typing "sudo" before whatever command. If you have a bunch of stuff you want to do then type "sudo -s", it will ask you for your password and then you will be enabled as root.
Alternately, you could download Psuedo (I don't have a link handy, search versiontracker.com) which will enable any app as root in the GUI, and its freeware!
I only recommend this because root can be very very dangerous.
Don't you still need to set the root password before you can su to root? I thought you did. I would highly recommend that one not log in as root. There is no need to. If you can't do as above, and su to root in a terminal window and do what you want to do, then you probably should not be doing it in the first place.
Re: Re: root
Yes, you still need to set a password before using sudo or logging in as root...even on traditional UNIX machines.
Thankfully, Apple is eliminating the real needs for using root level access by cleaning up the system.
Btw, there's also a way to enable the root account from the installation CD-ROM. I've forgotten the menu option in the installer, but it should still be there in 10.2.