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There's a few funny things / clues here and there on the Lion recovery disk "Systems" - that indicate you can save your settings between boots. A very light smattering of persistent settings etc. Beyond that.. Does anyone know if you can enable the root account or if there is an admin password etc. on these boot drives? It would kinda be nice to be able to look around when booted to these things, possibly see what's going on under the hood etc.. Also, it might open the door to being able to SSH to the machine, which would definitely come in handy during tough installs, or other strange circumstances.

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Let's keep this Lion for now. Feel free to mention MoLo once it hits general release (or the NDA is lifted). – bmike Feb 22 '12 at 23:26
The user of the Recovery boot drive is the root. So you need to rephrase your question to emphasize what is it you're after beside the "root" account. If I understand UNIX accounts correctly, and I don't claim I do, "root" is just another user that just happens to be a super-man of all users. You can do whatever you wish in the shell of the recovery mode. – ismail Feb 22 '12 at 23:58

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