I have a few questions about the root account in Mac OS X. I recently wiped my hard drive and reinstalled all my operating systems from scratch (no reason, just for fun). As i was adding my custom icons i came across a problem (two actually, anyone notice the snoop website is down? if you have a copy you could send me please email me) i could copy and past most but not all of my icons into place. One of my 5 partitions refused to accept a new icon (the only partition with no data on it) and my users and system folders refused to accept custom icons (FYI i tried pasting and logging out and logging back in but the new icon wasnt taking). So i logged in as root and presto chango i could paste the icons just fine. While i was in root i noticed all of my preferences were gone (this is because most preferences are stored in custom preferences in a users library, not in the general library folder). I tried copying my preferences from my user's folder to my general preferences folder but this didnt work (apps would act like the old pref was there). i tried logging out and back in with no luck. Next I noticed the root account has its own library folder. So i tried the same thing with the root's preferences with no luck. Back in OS 9 days I when I would have multiple operating systems I would just put an alias of my preferences folder in my main drive into the system folder of the other drives. This made sure that no matter what operating system i was using i never lost my serials or preferences. Anyone know of how to do this between users and the root in Mac OS X? Mac OS X has so many little "security" issues that require a user to use the root account that I would like to log in as root without losing everything. Also I would like to share some preferences between different users (havent tried this yet). I considered using root all the time but im a little hesitant to do this. Any Ideas?