How do you tell if Root user is logged in on Mavericks?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Jazzandmetal?, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. Jazzandmetal? macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2008
    I was at Apple for two days in a row and they did a bunch of stuff. How do I tell if the "root user" is logged in? I followed the instructions on the apple site to enable it up to the point of seeing it in the drop down menu and it said "enable". If it was enabled would that have said "disable"?

    Thanks for any help.
  2. macbookfan macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2008
    root user is always logged in and running system tasks. if you mean is it logged into a full desktop environment then that is a different matter.

    from apples website:

    Disable the root user

    Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Users & Groups.
    Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then type an administrator name and password.
    In the Network Account Server section, click Join or Edit.
    Click Open Directory Utility.
    Click the lock icon to unlock it, and then enter your administrator name and password.
    Choose Edit > Disable Root User.

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