How do you get rid of the root user?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by AppleFan360, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. AppleFan360 macrumors 68020

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    #1
    I'm at a bit of a loss. On my new iMac, the root user ("other") appeared on my login screen. Don't know how it got there. I tried going into the directory utility to disable the root account but it was already disabled. I then enabled it and disabled it yet the root account still shows on my login screen.

    Any ideas? It's like someone hacked into my computer and enabled the root account through a backend or something.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  2. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    #2
    Run this in terminal to remove the Other from the login screen.
    Code:
    sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow SHOWOTHERUSERS_MANAGED FALSE
     
  3. AppleFan360 thread starter macrumors 68020

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    #3
    That worked. Thanks. Now what happens if I need that root login again?
     
  4. Intell macrumors P6

    Intell

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    #4
    You enable it and highlight on of the users in the login list and press Option+Enter.
     

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