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

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

  1. macrumors 6502a


    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?
  2. macrumors demi-god


    No, any admin account will do the same thing.
  3. macrumors 6502a

    No, they are all members of the Administrator group. Only the root account has more privileges then admin.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    This opens another topic I think, but what is the root account and when/why would the average user need to access it?
  5. macrumors 6502a

    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.
  6. macrumors G3


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

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