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

dio2002 at indra.com dio2002 at indra.com
Thu Jun 5 13:56:07 MDT 2008

just as a last ditch try.

does anybody know if there is a default 'admin' password for default mac 
installs of if you're forced to even enter one?

i'm not sure but i think windows doesn't force you to have a password at 
all.  fyi, i've tried all the usual suspects, including no password and 
'admin', etc.

David Morris wrote:
> 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
> Password".
> If all the above fails (no cd), check out instructions here
> for a couple other worst-case options:
> http://www.macobserver.com/tip/2003/06/16.1.shtml
> --David
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