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

David Morris lists at morris-clan.net
Thu Jun 5 13:12:54 MDT 2008

On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 12:10 PM,  <dio2002 at indra.com> wrote:
> any mac users out there?
> ...
> 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?

Not a mac user, but I support a mac user on a regular basis,
so perhaps I can at least provide some minor help...

If I remember correctly, MacOSX sets up the user account
with "sudo" access, which only requires the user's password,
not the root password.

If that doesn't work (you don't even know the user's
password), boot to the install CD and choose "Reset

If all the above fails (no cd), check out instructions here
for a couple other worst-case options:



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