Terminal - Su/Root

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by Soulplayer, Jun 22, 2011.

  1. Soulplayer macrumors newbie

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    Hellow everyone,

    I keep coming back to the same problems and only a format fixes this problem:

    If I try to use terminal and a command let's say:
    nano /private/etc/hosts

    edit the file and then try to save it, it gives an error.

    so I try to login as root and using the only password my system uses (only one user, marked as administrator) and it keeps denying that password. It also doesn't work with the command su root.

    What am I doing wrong? Is there a different login for the root?

    Using: Mac Pro 2008 - OS X 10.6.7

    Thank you,

    Sander
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    #2
    Why not use sudo nano /private/etc/hosts?

    That way you'll not need to log in as root
     
  3. Soulplayer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    you are a life saver :D. I've googled for an hour and you just gave me the answer.

    Thank you!
     
  4. fabriciom macrumors 6502

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  5. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

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    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 4_3_3 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/533.17.9 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/5.0.2 Mobile/8J2 Safari/6533.18.5)

    Of course, but you have to promise to be careful with the sudo !
     
  6. minifridge1138 macrumors 6502a

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    It was failing because the user 'root' is not enabled by default in OS X.

    Any account that is an administrator is on the sudo list, though.
     

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