"Other..." login option gone from login screen...

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther) Discussion' started by Bengt77, Dec 8, 2003.

  1. Bengt77 macrumors 68000

    Bengt77

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    Hi all,

    I had an admin account set up while I was installing Panther, now some time ago. I immediately enabled the root user after I was done installing, but kept the 'general' admin account around for who knows when. (I mainly thought it would be handy to have an admin account in the users pull-down menu for fast user switching.)

    A few days ago, I grew tired (don't ask) of having that 'spare' admin account around (who needs it when there's root?), so I deleted the user (using the root account). Now, it's not that anything's not really working anymore, it's just that the 'Other...' login option is gone from the login screen. That means I only have all the login options when I tell my iMac to set the login screen so, that I have to type in both the user name and the password.

    Does anyone know a way to re-enable the 'Other...' login option with the pick-and-type-password-type login screen? I would really like that option to be available again.

    Thanks in advance for any help!
     
  2. PensDevil macrumors member

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    Select the option to show a list of Users to choose from at the login screen. When that screen appears, press the down arrow once to highlite whatever user happens to show up. Next, hold down the "Option" key and press "Return". The login screen should ow prompt you for a user name and password.
     
  3. FredAkbar macrumors 6502a

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    Question...if you normally log in as root then why does it matter? Either way you have to type the username and password. It actually saves time if it defaults to having you type both things in.
     
  4. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Why are you mainly using the root account? It's not a good idea, because bad things can happen without you knowing. Being logged in as root gives any program permission to do anything. And you could accidentally screw something up. I'm not saying you would, but these things happen. When I first switched to OS X, I was kinda peeved of being a "limited" Admin. I was used to having free reign over my whole system. I even wanted to do what you're doing, use root as my main account. But I learned that it's dangerous to do so, and that UNIX is structured like this for a reason. If you don't need to be logged in as root, don't.
     
  5. Bengt77 thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, no, no. I'm not mainly using the root account. All I was saying is that I trashed the general admin account in favour of the more authoritative root account. My own account doesn't have admin priviliges at all. I made sure I didn't have any from the start. Not that I'm afraid of nuking something (hence me favouring the root account), but more of anyone using my account by accident (and then having admin priviliges).

    Does that clear up my question a bit?
     
  6. MoparShaha macrumors 68000

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    Ah, yes. I see what you mean. Sorry, got a bit confused. Have you gone into System Preferences>Accounts>Login Options>Display Login Window As: List of Users? Give that a shot, it might clear things up.
     
  7. Bengt77 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Bengt77

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    Hey, that might just work. :eek: Haven't tried it yet, but I'll give it a shot.

    For the ones suggesting I should just turn on the option of displaying the login screen as a list of users, I tried that. It's just that the 'Others...' option is gone from there for no obvious reason. :(

    Anyways, thanks for you help! :)
     

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