how come iOS doesn't let users login as root?

Discussion in 'iOS 6' started by dxyovak, Jun 13, 2013.

  1. dxyovak macrumors newbie

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    My friend is telling me that in order to edit the hosts file on an iPhone I would have to jailbreak the phone. Isn't there some way to simply login as root (like on linux where you can sudo such and such to temporarily be root)?

    If I jailbreak an iPhone and edit the hosts file, can I then "unjailbreak it" and still have use of my edited hosts file?

    I don't understand why iOS isn't allowing user to make changes like editing the hosts file.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

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    iOS doesn't allow it because there is no need to edit system files like that. That's why jailbreaks exist.
     
  3. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    To answer your other question no, You would need to install something like iFile to edit the filesystem, then keep it jail broken for the changes to stay.
     

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