root is the account that has access to all commands on a Unix-like system

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OSX Mavericks Root User

I know it is possible to enable root user and then logging in as the root user. But is it possible to get root access with your admin account in OSX Mavericks? It is kinda annoying to always type the ...
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mac os x what the two forward slash root is?

On my mac os x I have two roots the second one has two forward slashes. // wondering what that is. I searched everywhere but cant find any information about this.
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How do I get my LaunchAgent to run as root?

I’m using Mac 10.9.1. I’m trying to set up a process to run after login that runs as root. I created this file in /System/Library/LaunchAgents/eXist.plist with rx—r—r— permissions. The contents of ...
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Can't access pure-ftpd

I've just compiled pure-ftpd (v1.33) using ./configure --with-pam --with-puredb on my Mac mini Lion and pure-ftpd works fine but I can't access it because of the authentication problem. ...
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How to properly run nginx on port 80 with a non root account on OS X?

I was trying to configure nginx (homebrew) to run like daemon on OS X 10.9 and I encountered one problem regarding permissions: nginx was configured to run as nobody in nginx.conf and when started it ...
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Change root password to be different than Admin password

I want to change the root password so it is different than the admin password. I need to change the password so the admin can still be logged on, but the root password to modify the hosts file ...
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How do I run sudo command from standard account?

From what I've read, it is good security approach to have two accounts, one admin and one standard. I am trying to run the following command in terminal on my standard account sudo mv ...
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Disable ALL password prompts in Finder

I FREQUENTLY mess with system/hidden files in /Library, /System, /bin, etc. and I'm tired of constantly being prompted for my (20+ Alphanumeric character) password. I'd like to have my "Administer" ...
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What is the logind process, and why is it running?

I've recently noticed that a new process is up and running every time I start my computer - logind, running as root. I'm unsure why this is happening - could it be a patch or so? I'm running a fairly ...
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how would I set the default web browser for the root user

How do I change the default browser for root in OS X 10.8.3 Do I need to enable the root user first?
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mount an unmountable drive

I have a MacBook Pro with a root mounting sector with problems. It becomes like this due to password changing in safe mode. Now of course it doesn't turn up any more. I tried repair with disk utility ...
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how to execute mkdir in /home/ directory

I want to create a directory 'administrator' in my /home/ directory but it won't allow me as it alway returns the error Operation not supported. Any ideas? Roberts-MacBook-Pro:home robert$ pwd /home ...
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Something wrong with the root shell

Today, I've tried opening a root shell and, oh surprise, weird answer... Any idea of where it could be from ?
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Require login for Single User mode?

Is there a way to require a password to login to single user mode? I don't want to use a firmware password, because that will not only disable single user mode, but also Startup Manager (which I use ...
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How do I schedule a root command to run at intervals?

I need to run a script in intervals that requires a root user to execute. I created a plist that will call a script in ~/bin/test.sh. user@MBP:~$ ls -lah ~/bin/ -rw-r--r-- 1 root staff 566B ...
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How do I change the root password?

Everybody seemed very confused by the story and extra information I gave so I will simply ask a very straightforward question. Irrespective of your personal opinion on the utility of doing so; how ...
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Can't SSH access iPad

Once some time ago, I had SSH access to my iPad (3rd generation running iOS 5.1.1) and had changed the root password successfully. Now however, I can no longer access it via SSH. I have gone back ...
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Root being controlled by ARD

I run an educational lab of 20 iMacs, all running Mac OS 10.7.5(11G63) with ARD version 3.6.2. My server and all of the iMacs run Lion. I seem to have crossed something and now my root user is being ...
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Macbook Pro (Lion) is requring a password to undelete files. Is there a way around this?

So a funny thing happened to me last night. I was trying to clean files off my Macbook Pro. I just purchased a new Macbook Retina and it has a smaller hard drive than my old Macbook Pro (I know cry ...
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How do I make a terminal alias that edits root owned files in a GUI text editor?

How can I quickly edit root owned files like /etc/hosts and /etc/apache2/httpd.conf in a text editor such as TextEdit which would let me do modern text editor operations, without actually running the ...
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How do I execute a bash script that requires root privileges?

I have this script lines from my ISP: sudo bash echo "plugin L2TP.ppp">>/etc/ppp/options echo "l2tpnoipsec">>/etc/ppp/options It works if I paste line by line into Terminal. I want to ...
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Has anyone seen the Lion root account malfunctioning?

I believe this to be a serious bug having to do with the root account malfunctioning badly. I have reproduced it several times. I have restarted the machine, verified the hard disk, and repaired ...
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PATH not being changed for root user

I have added .bash_profile, .bashrc, .profile exeuctables in the /var/root dir. However, unlike the normal users which execute their .bash_profile(s) and change the path. There is no difference in ...
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Change the user Apache runs as [closed]

Need help to create a new user to apache web server and assign root privileges to newly created user. Or how to login as root user in apache server because following php script showing you are logged ...
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How to enable root on the Lion “Recovery” boot drive?

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. ...
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Remotely brick a stolen iPhone or iPad

I asked a similar question on android.stackexchange.com and I'd like to see how the answer compares for iOS devices: If my iPhone is stolen, can I remotely brick the thing, so resale value drops to ...
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How do I reset/recover my superuser password without the boot disk?

I lost the superuser password for my iMac and I don't have the boot disk. I already tried the second answer on this page, but every time I type su from the command prompt, it still asks for a ...
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Changing file permissions on 10.6.8 after restore

A friend has a Macbook Pro that had the drive crash. A new hard drive was installed in the system and the OS was reinstalled. However, when they restored from their backup (using Retrospect), the ...
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How to view Root directory and subdirectories in Finder?

Apparently, the Macintosh HD icon on the desktop points to the root directory but it is not showing all the contents. Some of the files and directories are the same as those which I see when I ...
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Command+S At Boot Doesn't Activate Single-User Mode

10.6.8. Hold down Cmd+S throughout the entire boot process. It always goes to the regular login screen and starts doing the "stop holding down buttons" chime. Why?
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Root password stopped working

I used to be able to enable “root” user and log in under it. (I know this is not recommended but let's just assume there is an actual reason for doing so.) I just repeated the instructions, set ...
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Protect each user account in Lion?

I have enabled File Vault in Lion on a shared computer with several user accounts. Is it possible to encrypt each user home directory such that other users cannot access their data? As it stands, I ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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How do I open a file as root in TextEdit on Lion?

How do I open a file as root, in TextEdit? I've tried these commands as root, but TextEdit always say it's locked: open -e /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F /etc/apache2/httpd.conf open -e -F -W ...
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How do I run terminal in sudo mode?

I was trying to install npm, and I got npm ERR! Error: EACCES, Permission denied '/usr/local/lib/node_modules' npm ERR! npm ERR! Please use 'sudo' or log in as root to run this command. npm ERR! ...