Is there any way to view folders that require root access to open, in Finder? I can open them with sudo in the terminal but it would be good if some setting or script allowed me to look at hidden folders in Finder? I am running OSX 10.9.

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  • Simplest would be to add yourself to the ACL. I can do it in BatChmod, but for terminal you'll need to wait for someone smarter than me to answer ;-)
    – Tetsujin
    Commented Aug 22, 2016 at 17:55

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Sometimes it is useful to quit the Finder application and reopen as the root user. You can quit the Finder application by entering the following command in a Terminal application window.

osascript -e 'tell application "Finder" to quit'

Below is the Terminal application commands for opening as root user. I assume here that you have first quit any previous opened Finder applications.

If using Mavericks (OS X 10.9) or Yosemite (OS X 10.10):

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder 2>&1 | logger &

If using Yosemite (OS X 10.10) or El Capitan (OS X 10.11):

sudo login -f root
/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/Finder 2>&1 | logger &

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