Root Account

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PYR0M310N, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a

    PYR0M310N

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    #1
    Few questions about changing an account to have root priveldges.

    What are the advantages of having it enabled? and the disadvantages?

    and what is it actually used for?
     
  2. Cromulent macrumors 603

    Cromulent

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    #2
    The root account is the Unix term for the administrator account. It can do anything. It will have the permissions to format your hard drive, delete any file (including system files), change any system configuration file and any number of nasty things. I believe that the system is limited to only having one root account.

    It is a very very very bad idea to give this account information out to anyone.
     

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