Help with disabling root user in Leopard.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Evolvere, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Evolvere macrumors member

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    I have followed this guide http://www.macosxhints.com/article.php?story=20090805215651603 in order to prepare an older white MacBook I am selling to a friend. It enables you to update OS X Leopard and all included applications without creating a user account and retaining the first user welcome screen setup (complete with do-do-do-doo-do video).

    The only problem is that I cannot disable root user via Directory Utility as the guide instructs, as under Edit, the only option is Enable Root User. Is there a way to do this in terminal or in single-user mode? If I miss out this step and reset the System Administrator (root) user via Rest Password in the Utilities menu of the install disc, I can still log-on as root with the password that I initially set, so something has definitely gone wrong.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. calderone macrumors 68040

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    If it says "Enable Root User" then the root user is disabled.
     
  3. Evolvere thread starter macrumors member

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    Then why will it let me log-in as root with the password I set for the System Administrator (root) user via the Reset Password option in Utilities on the install disc? (Sorry for the mouthful!) Theoretically, if I don't have root user enabled, and I disable the welcome video and setup process in single-user, then what should I be presented with when I boot the Mac? Because at the moment it is giving me a log-in box, which I am able to use to log-in as root. Very confusing!
     
  4. plasticphyte macrumors 6502

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  5. Evolvere thread starter macrumors member

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    For anyone else who comes across this, I'm afraid I gave up trying to be clever, and simply did a clean install of OS X and then updated etc. after I gave the MacBook to my friend and she had completed the initial setup. Ah well.
     

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