Directory Utility?

wesleyh

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Mar 23, 2007
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Hello,

I need to enable the root account but cannot find the "directory utility" that is supposed to be in the utilities folder..

My mac is set to dutch and the dutch translation of the online docs has not yet been updated for 10.5.. Can anyone show me a screenshot of this app if it is even available? I've opened all apps in the utlities folder and can't find it..

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106290
 

cjstitchman

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Jun 23, 2007
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directory utility?

I seem to have the same problem. Can't find 'Directory Utility' app on my mac anywhere.

I found another way though. In your utilities folder there should be an app called 'Netinfo Manager'. Open this and click the padlock so you are able to make changes. Then in its menu bar go to Security/Enable Root User. I think this is what your looking for.

Christopher
 

Nugget

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Before you go too far down that road, are you absolutely certain you need to enable the root user? 99.99999% of the time (scientifically proven!) you're just as well-off by using sudo to obtain root access without the added complexity of enabling the root account. (ref)
 

plinden

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Granted, you shouldn't be enabling the root account unless you really have to (and I haven't had to - although I have done it before just for the hell of it) ... but this is very odd.

The Leopard docs do indeed say to use the Directory Utility. I have Directory Utility but it is nothing to do with root accounts - it's for setting up directory servers. In Tiger, you used Netinfo Manager to enable the root account, but this isn't to be present in Leopard.

This seems to be an erratum in the docs.

Edit: I'm dumb ... the option is present in Directory Utility ... I wonder why Apple moved it there. Anyway, the question now is, why don't you have this in your Utilities? I don't know ...
 

pieterbezuijen

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Jun 25, 2009
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Adreslijsthulpprogramma

I hope you already found it, but for other users trying to find it (like me)...

In Dutch Directory Utility is called: Adreslijsthulpprogramma.

I agree with the others that most of the times root is not needed, but in my case it is (need to change the hosts file for testing purposes).
 

larkost

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Oct 13, 2007
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I agree with the others that most of the times root is not needed, but in my case it is (need to change the hosts file for testing purposes).
No, you don't need to enable root to change that. You just need to use the command line like this:
Code:
sudo pico /etc/hosts
The rest of it is really easy, and will walk you through itself.
 

lopezfmr

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Sep 15, 2009
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Hello,

I need to enable the root account but cannot find the "directory utility" that is supposed to be in the utilities folder..

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106290
In Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) the directory utility is in:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Directory Utility.app

you can access through System Preferences / Accounts
or through the terminal with:

open /System/Library/CoreServices/Directory\ Utility.app/

....
Hope it help...
 

Solidsnakeeater

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Jun 23, 2012
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I seem to have the same problem. Can't find 'Directory Utility' app on my mac anywhere.

I found another way though. In your utilities folder there should be an app called 'Netinfo Manager'. Open this and click the padlock so you are able to make changes. Then in its menu bar go to Security/Enable Root User. I think this is what your looking for.

Christopher
I don't find the utilities folder anywhere!:confused:

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I don't find the utilities folder anywhere!:confused:
I'm using a macbook
 

umdenken

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Feb 18, 2015
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I found it here
/System/Library/CoreServices/Directory Utility.app

in german it is called:
Verzeichnisdienste.app

the hint from lopezfmr is still correct for OSX 10.9.5

The Problem is to find it (with your eyes in your language) when you have not an english OSX installed. The Folder is:
/System/Library/CoreServices/
 

Taz Mangus

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Mar 10, 2011
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I found it here
/System/Library/CoreServices/Directory Utility.app

in german it is called:
Verzeichnisdienste.app

the hint from lopezfmr is still correct for OSX 10.9.5

The Problem is to find it (with your eyes in your language) when you have not an english OSX installed. The Folder is:
/System/Library/CoreServices/
System Preferences -> Users and Groups -> Network Account Server -> Join... -> Open Directory Utility...
 

leman

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Oct 14, 2008
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Spotlight has no problems finding it. As others have pointed out, its in the CoreServices folder
 

grahamperrin

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Spotlight has no problems finding it. As others have pointed out, its in the CoreServices folder
With Mavericks, basic use of the Spotlight menu (simply seeking a name):
  • will find items at /System/Library/CoreServices/Applications
  • will not find items at /System/Library/CoreServices
 

hunter3740

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Aug 28, 2008
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up this series of answers has the clue for pre-El Capitan (us the Go menu, Go to Folder, then /System/Library/Coreservices), but I like doing in via Terminal command:
sudo passwd root

(you type in your password, then the root password twice, and it's enabled)

for El Capitan:
/System/Library/Coreservices/Applications

(but I only use Directory Utility for joining domains, and El Capitan has it now also via Users & Groups System Preferences, then Login Items, then note the join button)
 
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