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

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Only root login remains (all other users gone) and even root hangs, so can't access!

We have been locked out of our iMac running on El Capitan. Basically all known user accounts have disappeared. Only "other" remains which seems to the "system administrator" or "root" and when trying ...
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Is adding root to the user group staff safe?

So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group. When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file. To avoid ...
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What is “ss_conn_service ” running on OS X?

I'm using OS X El Capitan on iMac 21.5". As an experienced user, I follow activity monitor sometimes for security of my device. For 2-3 days,"ss_conn_service" is running on my device. I cannot ...
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How do I delete useless Apple Apps on OSX?

I tried using terminal with sudo or su, while I do rm -rf to Photos.app, Chess.app, Mail.app, DVD Player.app, iBooks.app, but it said Operation not permitted. How can I delete these apps? (OS X ...
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Configure sandbox permissions

While trying to modify a property list I was rather surprised to receive the following error sh-3.2# cp com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist com.apple.mDSNResponder.plist.backup cp: ...
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root permissions [duplicate]

After I installed el Capitan, Little Snitch started complaining about gamed trying to phone home. Research in the net revealed various suggestions, including logging out from the Game Centre using ...
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Any reason not to change the root shell to bash?

The default shell for root (at least on Yosemite) is /bin/sh. Would there be any problem to changing it to bash (or better yet zsh)? As far as a I know bash at least is backward compatible. I need ...
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What happens if I edit a duplicate Hosts file?

What exactly is a duplicate file? When I wanted to edit the hosts file (/private/etc/hosts), it says: You don't own the file "hosts" and don’t have permission to write to it. You can ...
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Issue with creating a symbolic link inside /System folder

I am trying to make a symbolic link inside the /System folder and even if I run the command as su I get the following error message. macbook-pro:~ root# cd /System/Library/Perl/Extras/5.18 ...
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I have a MacBook Air and I lost (forgot) my Admin (root) password [duplicate]

I have lost or forgotten the root password. is there a way to recover it or reset it?
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Move .ssh folder from /var/root/

I tried to set up a ssh key for easily logging into the server which is hosting my website : ssh-keygen -t dsa -b 1024. The keys (public and private) have been saved in /var/root/.ssh which I dont ...
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OS X 10.10.5 - root user suddenly activated

As far as I know, the root-user is deactivated by default in OS X. And I remember trying the command "su" some time (a few weeks) ago and it stated something like "su: sorry" which it should state. I ...
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How do I run a java application that wants to bind to ports 80 and 443?

Okay, so I turn on my laptop, sign in to my regular user account and proceed to open/run a Java-based, HTTP-proxying application called burp via Terminal.app. It executes normally but refuses to bind ...
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Launching apps behind the lock screen?

I need to run an application behind the lock screen, e.g., just as Time Machine or Sophos antivirus (and others) can run when the screen is locked. Specifically, I would like to schedule an ...
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Mitigating exposure to DYLD_ exploit in Yosemite

In all current versions of 10.10 (up to and including 10.10.4), there is a rather nasty security hole which allows any process to create files owned by root anywhere on the file system. One example ...
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sudo: effective uid is not 0, is sudo installed setuid root?

I was trying to remove some folders (python) via sudo rm in Terminal and got this message: sudo: effective uid is not 0, is sudo installed setuid root? I already tried to verify/repair disk ...
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Where can I find Siri's file, folders, database in ios files (I'm root)

I would like to modify some things on the OS including the 'Hey Siri' phrase, I've tried a global grep but no luck yet. If someone has an idea, he is welcome
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What is the “rootless” feature in El Capitan, really?

I have just learned about the "Rootless" feature in El Capitan, and I am hearing things like "There is no root user", "Nothing can modify /System" and "The world will end because we can't get root". ...
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Root password same as admin?

I have a mac with single user on it (who is Admin). I see tutorials which ask for the root password, is this the same as my user password or something else?
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Is it 'OK' to use the root user as a normal user?

I have enabled the root user on my Mac so I can log into it and run Finder etc. Being the lazy person that I am, just transferred everything from my home directory to /var/root. I'm not too sure of ...
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What is “sperion”?

I'm cleaning up my boot drive & have come across a unix executable file located @ /private/tmp/sperion about which I can't seem to find any information at all. What is "sperion"? This may be an ...
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How to mount cd in single user mode?

I don't see it listed under /dev. dmesg doesn't help. Apple diagnostics is missing from my computer and I believe there may be an issue with the hard drive so I was hoping to restore it from the ...
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Problem with having a duplicate “Users” folder on non-bootable drive?

I just installed an SSD in my 2011 Macbook Pro (running an up-to-date copy of Yosemite), opting to follow this strategy of keeping my home folder on the SSD and then "offloading" larger folders (e.g., ...
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Can't access root from remote desktop when root is already logged in

I can access all users even root using remote desktop from Windows to Mac with the TightVNC Viewer. The problem is trying to access root from my PC when someone in Mac already logged in root, then ...
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iPhone 5S broken screen root access without iTunes authorization

I have an iPhone 5S with broken screen. I need to save my photos to my PC/Mac; I can't authorize iTunes cause of course the screen is broken and I don't have iCloud, so the only way should be a root ...
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Why Doesn't OSX root user automatically default to the same shell as other users

Why doesn't the root user on OSX automatically default to the same shell as other users? Seems like this would avoid a lot of complications, but I guess there must be complications with the shells ...
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Can't create kext cache under / - owner not root

When I plug in my usb memory card reader nothing happens. It was working ten minutes ago when I used the xbian installer to put it on the sd card, but now nada. Something briefly flashes up then ...
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Mac Terminal won't accept £ in ssh password?

I have an issue where I'm trying to ssh into the root account of a firewall from my Mac. I'm on the same network as the firewall. ssh root@1.2.3.4 I'm then asked for my password which contains the ...
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how do I enable the root user from the Directory Utility?

How do I enable the root account? I don't see any options related the system user. Do I enter the server as "localhost"? What do I select here? System Software Overview: System Version: ...
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Running defaults command as root vs regular user

I've used the defaults command to tweak my settings to some sane defaults, but I have been unsure if I should run them as root or as my regular user. Seems to work either way. It is possible to do ...
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How to open the finder as root [closed]

I'm back some twenty years after my last Mac. I've got a brand new iMac running Yosemite and I do need to access an external HD formatted on (Gnu/Linux) ext4 (a journaling file system). I downloaded a ...
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Yosemite Grey Screen with 3d Party SSD not a trim issue

I have a MacBook 7,1 which i recently installed a PNY 250 SSD and added some RAM. The laptop was running awesome with OSX 10.6.8, lightning fast. Then I installed Yosemite. There was a bit of hang ...
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Empty /home directory, and I can't delete it? [duplicate]

I have got a /home directory with no content. When trying to delete it by sudo rm -rf /home, OS X warns "rm: /home: Resource busy" and refuses to do it. Tried reboot. lsof returns nothing related. ...
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difference b/w various commands for getting root access in terminal

I have used linux:Kali for a while and to get root access i just needed to type: su in terminal. But in OSX i need to type in su - what does this - mean? If i just type su in terminal than i get ...
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Run script as root whenever any user logs in

What's the best way to run a script with root privileges whenever any user logs in? It should run in the background without prompting the user for a password.
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Can I have an audio stream that plays continuously regardless of what user is logged in?

(I suspect the short answer is "no," but I wanted to make sure.) I have two accounts on my MBA (work and personal). During the work day, the computer is also playing my music. When I need to switch ...
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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 ...