Secondary Account w/ Admin vs. "original" Admin Acct.?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by kirkbross, Jul 11, 2012.

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    kirkbross

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    When I install applications like Pro Tools or Logic in Lion (i.e. ones with lots of tentacles into the system... Application Support, etc.) does it matter if I install them while logged into a "secondary" Admin account or must I be in the primary / original account?

    Another way of asking would be, does the primary Admin account have any super duper root privileges that other Admin accounts do not?
     
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    GGJstudios

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    No, any admin account will do the same thing.
     
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    No, they are all members of the Administrator group. Only the root account has more privileges then admin.
     
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    kirkbross

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    This opens another topic I think, but what is the root account and when/why would the average user need to access it?
     
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    root is like an Admin on Windows XP. You can change/delete anything without a password. Very bad idea for an average user to do that.

    There is not really a need for it now, but in older versions of OS X it was useful for some tasks.
     
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    charlituna

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    it's a kind of SuperAdmin and there's basically zero reason the average user would need to access it.
     

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