Terminal Help

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Fishnut, Jan 2, 2014.

  1. Fishnut macrumors newbie

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    I'm using iMac OSX and although I've been a mac user for years I've never edited anything in Terminal nor have I heard of it until 2 days ago. My problem is I am able to open a Terminal window using sudo su as instructed but when prompted for a password it will not allow my password to be typed in. Any ideas? Thanks
     
  2. Zerozal macrumors 6502

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    Local echo is disabled when typing a password in Terminal - i.e., Terminal does not display any typed characters. This is a security feature and is normal. Just type your password as usual when prompted and hit return.
     
  3. satcomer macrumors 603

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    Sudo usually means 'Super User Do'. Think of it as a temporary 'Root' capability.

    One web site IMHO you should bookmark is Mac OS X Hints.com.
     
  4. mfram macrumors 65816

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    Unless you know what you are doing, I would not use 'sudo su' in the Terminal. At that point, you are in a fully priveleged shell with all safties removed. You can easily render your Mac un-bootable with no way to undo your operations short of re-installing.
     

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