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Q: OSX Terminal password recognition ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: OSX Terminal password recognition
Category: Computers > Operating Systems
Asked by: pcrest-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 11 Jul 2004 21:33 PDT
Expires: 10 Aug 2004 21:33 PDT
Question ID: 372901
I am trying to use the su command in Terminal, am asked for my
password, I give it correctly, but I get su: Sorry.

I changed my password and tried the new one with the same response.
Does anyone know why Terminal won't recognize my password and what I
can do about it?

I am running OSX 2.6

Subject: Re: OSX Terminal password recognition
Answered By: alexander-ga on 11 Jul 2004 22:05 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
In Mac OS X, the root user is disabled by default. When you use the
"su" command with no arguments, you are effectively trying to login as
root; since root is disabled, no password will be accepted.

The root user is enabled in the NetInfo Manager utility, found in
Applications/Utilities. After launching NetInfo Manager, choose
"Authenticate..." from the Security menu, and enter an administrator's
username and password. (The first user created on a Mac OS X
installation has administrator privileges by default.) Then, select
"Enable Root User", also from the Security menu. You will be prompted
to set a root password, which may be the same as or different from
your own password, at your preference.

pcrest-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
That was very quickly replied to and very helpful. Thank you.

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