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Timothy Haroutunian

Timothy Haroutunian is a ServiceNow Cloud Implementation Specialist at Acorio. ServiceNow is an IT Management solution that allows for a complete view of your IT and physical environment.

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  1. Alcibiades

    You can show the root account as a login option by going into NetInfo Manager, choosing ‘Security,’ and then choosing ‘Enable root account.’ Then it will become available as a clickable option on the initial logon screen. Also, it’s worth pointing out that this method allows you to initially set the root password by authenticating as any admin on the system, which means you should probably do this before your 7-year-old gets on the computer and locks you out. Of course, once you enable the account, you can change its password just by booting off the OS X CD and choosing the ‘Reset Password’ option.

  2. Zach

    Why would you do this? sudo is installed on all OSX machines. If your account has admin privileges you can merely prepend any command with sudo to execute it with root privileges. This prevents you (or others sitting at your machine) from doing something stupid. If you need a root console badly, you can ‘sudo bash’ and have at. In general enabling the root account on your Mac is a terrible plan.

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