Terminal Help

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

  1. Fishnut macrumors newbie

    Jan 2, 2014
    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

    Apr 3, 2009
    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


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    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

    Jan 23, 2010
    San Diego, CA USA
    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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