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

Zan Lynx zlynx at acm.org
Thu Jun 5 13:01:44 MDT 2008

On Thu, 2008-06-05 at 12:55 -0600, Lee Woodworth wrote:
> 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.

I'm pretty sure that changing /etc/hosts won't have any effect at all.
It only exists for compatibility with older BSD software.

OS X saves its host, password, DNS, services, and everything else like
that in some database format and I'm not sure how to change it.
Zan Lynx <zlynx at acm.org>
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