How to enable the ROOT account on OS X

By jobeard
Mar 27, 2016
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  1. As delivered out-of-the-box, Mac OS X does not enable the ROOT account. Upon first BOOT, you create a user account & password and then set the Admin password. But that is not the same as becoming ROOT.

    Sometimes, changing a config option or adding a control file needs to be able to "su root". First, activate ROOT by:

    • Click the lock in the Directory Utility window.
    • Enter an administrator account name and password, then click OK.
    • Choose Enable Root User from the Edit menu.
    • Enter the root password you wish to use in both the Password and Verify fields,
    • then click OK.
    Pick a good password as this account is well known and only your firewall & this password will protect the account.
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