Disabling Root User?

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  1. onthat macrumors regular

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    I searched here and Apple's website and found a "how-to" but the last step is vague. There is no option to disable in either netinfo manager nor security. Any help would be appreciated:)
     
  2. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Is this the document you found?

    I'm assuming you enabled root at some point and are now trying to disable it, correct? If not, root is disabled by default.
     
  4. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Protection.

    Sudo replaces the need for the root user.
     
  5. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    Speaking of disabling the root user account, does anyone know how to get rid of the root user account in the account window at startup? I had to login as the rootuser a month or so ago and it caused a new user account to appear at startup (previously only my own account had appeared). It's not a big deal, but I'd love to know how to get rid of this if it is possible. Thanks in advance!
     
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  7. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    That's unusual. The last line of that Apple document says:

    "The root user does not appear in Users or Accounts preferences."
     
  8. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    Follow the instructions in the link from WildCowboy's post above, that should remove it.
     
  9. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    That's the obvious place to go, but the account doesn't show up there. I saw that the documentation said otherwise; that's what makes this so strange!
     
  10. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    It won't show up in the Account panel in System Preferences, but it will show up in the Login Window at Startup. Here is the portion of the link WildCowboy posted that you need to follow to disable it.
     
  11. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    I've already disabled the root user account. What I'm trying to get rid of is the root user account appearing at the Login window at startup. Previously, only my administrator account appeared, but now both do.
     
  12. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    That's strange...disabling it should remove it from the Login window.
     
  13. Kashchei macrumors 65816

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    That's what I thought--I'll have to break the news to my disobedient computer.

    TheAnswer--what part of Orange County are you from? I grew up in Fountain Valley and went to school at Chapman College (I'm dating myself by using the school's name at the time).
     
  14. TheAnswer macrumors 68030

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    You might have to enable root again just to get it to behave! (Actually, you might try enabling root again, then disabling it again...it's a desperate grabbing at straws, but I am out of other ideas). :eek:

    Tustin right now...moved down here from up north to go to UCI. Dropped out halfway through, but going back to finish in the Fall. Chapman's on my short list for Grad school once I finish my undergrad.
     
  15. synth3tik macrumors 68040

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    For some reason (been workin' too long) I thought "disable root user" like in "I want to erase root"

    Gee, I really would like a sandwich, would you make me one?

    Make your own damn sandwich you ain't the boss of me

    Sudo mk me a sandwich

    yes, sir
     
  16. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Relevant to our interests...
     

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  17. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    too weird, my roomate just said that today. I felt naturally compelled after he authenticated.
     

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