[lug] Mac unix root account and /etc/hosts

terry at tbranaman.com terry at tbranaman.com
Thu Jun 5 12:58:58 MDT 2008

Did you try the method in this article?

dio2002 at indra.com wrote:
> any mac users out there?
> i'm trying to help somebody with a mac.  i need to change /etc/hosts.  i'm
> able to use terminal to get to the shell.  i can't save changes to
> /etc/hosts because i'm not root.  i've tried su but it wants a root
> password.
> the mac user doesn't know of any other 'admin' account other than the user
> they login as.  fwiw, as a test i tried to accomplish the same task with a
> more savvy mac user friend who's got a laptop. he had no idea that there
> is another account other than the user id he normally logs in as.
> so the question is / are.
> what is the mac account that gets you root access?
> how do you access it or activate it if it's not enabled?
> how do you reset the password if noone knows what it is?
> hopefully some mac unix gurus out there.  my online searches have proved
> fruitless for what seems like a fairly common question / problem.
> _______________________________________________
> Web Page:  http://lug.boulder.co.us
> Mailing List: http://lists.lug.boulder.co.us/mailman/listinfo/lug
> Join us on IRC: lug.boulder.co.us port=6667 channel=#colug

There are strange things done in the midnight sun
	By the men who moil for gold;
The Arctic trails have their secret tales
	That would make your blood run cold;
The Northern Lights have seen queer sights,
	But the queerest they ever did see
Was that night on the marge of Lake Lebarge
	I cremated Sam McGee.
		-- Robert W. Service

                            |   Terry Branaman    |
                            | terry at tbranaman.com |
                            |    303-423-0666     |

More information about the LUG mailing list