Root.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Nijruo, May 15, 2010.

  1. Nijruo macrumors newbie

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    #1
    When I'm logged in as root I notice the fast user switching menu doesn't display the short or full name, just a blank space. In my regular account, it does.

    Is this normal?
     

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  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    #2
    Do you mean Admin account, rather than root? There's no need to be logged in as the root account.
     
  3. pooky macrumors 6502

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    Jun 2, 2003
    #3
    I'm guessing it's because root is not a normal user in the sense that it's generally hidden--root is available to the Unix underbelly, but not something you'd normally ever see in the GUI. So this particular GUI element doesn't know what to do with it.

    And as has already been said, you should never ever ever never be logged in as root unless you have a really good reason. I've been using OS X since the beginning, and I think I may have done this once (and I am a 'nix person). Don't do it - use sudo or the GUI equivalent if you need root access.
     

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