[lug] Mac unix root account and /etc/hosts
david.howland at gmail.com
Fri Jun 6 15:05:20 MDT 2008
You can gain a more normal root shell by executing:
sudo su -
and entering your user password.
Also a lot of Unix like directories exist in /private
If all else fails Apple+S during boot will kick you into single user mode.
On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 2:59 PM, Jason Vallery <jason at vallery.net> wrote:
> Hi Bobby,
> The only way I know to reset the admin password is to use the install
> disk. If you boot off the OS X install DVD you can click through the first
> couple of screens. There you will have a "utilities" menu up top with an
> option that says "reset password". Don't reinstall the OS!.
> Here is the apple support note: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1278
> If you need an OS X (10.5) install DVD I can probably help you out.
> On Thu, Jun 5, 2008 at 1:56 PM, <dio2002 at indra.com> wrote:
>> 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
>>> If all the above fails (no cd), check out instructions here
>>> for a couple other worst-case options:
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