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Terminal becomes unresponsive when a “sudo” password prompt is displayed

When asked to type my password to run a sudo command, the USB keyboard goes unresponsive and I cannot type in the password or anything else. I can hit return three times to bounce out on three failed ...
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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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OSX Flush DNS without sudo

I have a Mac that keeps messing up its DNS (this may be a wider network issue, we have windows clients that are having problems too). Whilst I try to understand the DNS issue I'd like to set an 'icon' ...
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How to prevent 'sudo rm -rf /'

A few times I have accidentally executed the command sudo rm -rf /. Is there a way how to prevent me from running this command? For example can I somehow disable it using the sudoers file?
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How to solve “User is not in sudoers file, incident reported”

I added "Syammala Naidu" ALL=(ALL) ALL to /etc/sudoers, rebooted and logged in as Syammala Naidu and run sudo -i. Sudo tells me: user not in sudoers file, incident Reported. How can I fix this?
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Terminal command to arrange all files/folders by name on hard drive

Looking to tidy up my iMac. Like everyone, I have lots of files/folders on my iMac. When they get dragged and dropped, or moved around, they retain their position, and the only way to fix this is to ...
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sudo asking for password even though user doesn't have a password set

I have a computer that doesn't not require a password. I'd like this to continue into sudo, but unfortunately it doesn't recognise a user not having a password. According to Apple the sudo command ...
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Mac OS X administrator account still requires sudo

when trying to install Ruby, Vagrant, and Grunt using terminal I am still required to use sudo on my installs. I am sole proprietor of the laptop and have an administrator account. Shouldn't I be able ...
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Sudo giving dyld problem. Help for a beginner

I am new to using a macbook terminal. Initially when I used the terminal for working on Raspberry Pi everything was great. But now when I try to use the terminal and type sudo it keeps giving a dyld ...
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Is it possible to extend the time i'm logged as administrator when enter sudo mode from the console?

Is it possible to extend the time i'm logged as administrator when enter sudo mode from the console? If yes, how?
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How can I specify shutdown time with “sudo shutdown”?

In the following Terminal command sudo shutdown -r now, there is a time set ("...now"). Is there a way to set a specific time. For example, could it be sudo shutdown -r -int 1200?
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sudo: /etc/sudoers is owned by uid 501, should be 0

To run programs as sudo without password, I edited /etc/sudoers with wrong content. Then I re-edited it with Mac's default text editor(course sudo cannot be used when /etc/sudoers is wrong). I ...
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How to open a shell script in a new Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges

I need to programmatically open a shell script in a Terminal window and run it with administrator privileges. I'm using osascript as it displays a convenient prompt for an admin login/password. I'm ...
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How can I run a script or app as sudo with a click?

I have a certain program that doesn't work right unless I run it as sudo. I don't mind having to type in my password, but I'd like to get out of the whole process of opening command line and typing "...
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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 sh-...
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Access to sudo but not security and privacy or users and groups

How can I add myself to these groups so that I can have access to these areas in system preferences? I have sudo access but I'm not sure how to accomplish this through terminal.
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Opening apache conf file with write permissions

I'm trying to open the /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf file to make some changes. I thought I'd be able to open this with the correct permissions from the command line, so I tried: cd /private/etc/...
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What is a reasonable command to prompt for sudo password with sudo -A?

My question is definitely related to What option should I give the sudo command to have the password asked through a graphical interface? But my question is slightly different. I know how to use sudo ...
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Rsync fails due to Sudo timeout

I am trying to run a lengthy Rsync (local machine only, no ssh, no lan or wan connects involved) but Sudo is timing out and the script fails. Total runtime of the command is about 20 mins. What is the ...
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I added my username to /etc/sudoers but using sudo still asks for password

I entered my username in the sudoers file, but when using sudo in scritps, it still asks for the password. This is my sudoers file: ~: ls -al /etc/sudoers -r--r----- 1 root wheel 1297 Aug 14 11:...
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How to edit /etc/profile using emacs?

I am using Emacs 24.3 on Mac OS X 10.9.4 and I am trying to edit /etc/profile with that. It obviously does not work when starting the GUI version, but for some reason, it also does not work when ...
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sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists

Suddenly started getting this strange error when attempting to run any command via sudo: sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists I've tried different Terminal windows, repairing permissions, ...
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Run GUI Applications from Terminal with root privilege

So it has been well documented that GUI applications (like gedit or textedit) should NOT be run with sudo. Ubuntu et al get gksu and gksudo (and the like) so question: what do WE (Mac users) get? ...
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Super and admin user in OS X

Superuser account is disabled by default in OS X (Mavericks). But if you run sudo -l you will come to know that the admin user can execute all superuser commands. Then what is the point of disabling ...
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Using visudo to edit sudoers on Mac

I have managed to make the sudoers file on my Mac erorr. eg. $ sudo visudo >>> /etc/sudoers: syntax error near line 45 <<< sudo: parse error in /etc/sudoers near line 45 sudo: no ...
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Recovering files deleted via sudo

I deleted some files via sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/* - unfortunately I accidentally moved a folder from the Desktop into there and can't seem to recover it. I only use this command now and then, when I ...
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Is it OK to run -sudo purge, frequently? [duplicate]

I'm on Mavericks 10.9.2, 24GB's RAM, and my usage constantly teters on 23.95 GB in use very frequently. From what I can tell, the largest running process is 'kernel_task', and even then it's less ...
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Homebrew / link osxfuse not possible

I didn't run brew doctor since a lot of time. Know it tell me I should run brew link osxfuse. Here I show you the rest: Newton:~$ brew link --overwrite osxfuse Warning: Could not link osxfuse. ...
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How to fix curl: (60) SSL certificate: Invalid certificate chain when using sudo

So since the Mavericks upgrade curl has more issues with certificates. When trying to curl a file from my web server with it's self-signed certificate it was getting the error "SSL Certificate: ...
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Installing / removing encfs

I'm trying to install encfs, for which I need brew. I installed brew, but installing encfs is a pain. bash-3.2$ brew install osxfuse Warning: osxfuse-2.6.2 already installed, it's just not linked ...
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Unable to start computer after using sudo crontab -e

I've set it so that my Mac will forcefully shutdown at 12:00 everyday. But I try to turn it back on, it shuts down again right after.
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Sudo keeps asking for password, despite that NOPASSWD already set

The following sudoers configuration used to work well in MacOS 10.8.5, several days ago I upgraded to Mavericks, NOPASSWD flag does not seem to work anymore: # User privilege specification root ...
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Sudo password doesn't work even if I have no password

I've erased the password from preferencenow I can log in without using any password but when I run a sudocommand terminal ask me a password if I insert nothing or the old one it return error. What's ...
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How to block and unblock the media ports in MAC OSX 10.9? [duplicate]

I am working on a test project that requires me to block all media ports on my Mac OS X 10.9. The instructions I'be veen given are "Chinese" to me :-) I have no idea how and where to start, let ...
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Cannot create a file with sudo in Apache web directory

Suddenly the following problem has happened: I have an Apache web directory at /www. Everything was ok with the permissions, but at some point (I can't realize what caused it), I become unable to ...
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su & sudo on OSX Mavericks

I am trying to use su and sudo on my iMac that I did a fresh clean install of Mac OS X 10.9 and Server 3.0. I explicitly set the password for root with passwd root but when I try to use su or sudo ...
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Issue installing MacPorts on Mavericks

I try to install MacPorts and get this $ sudo make install make: getcwd: Permission denied shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Permission denied =...
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sudo requires root password

I've got an admin user phil with password orange, and the root user is enabled with password banana: If I type sudo ls, and enter the password orange, I get Sorry, try again. If I type sudo ls, and ...
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How to specify command to always run as root?

In Mountain Lion, I frequently used a simple automator app called "Purge Memory" which just ran "purge" in the command line. I really enjoyed cleaning the RAM, especially when buggy apps ran memory ...
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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 /System/...
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Help me reset the terminal after sudo command mistake

I recently installed a cracked version of a program and it instructed me to block outgoing connections by following the instructions below. Step 1 Click the "Go" menu, select "Utilities," and then ...
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Changing read permissions on /private/etc recursively

I was trying to make my /private/etc folder and all its contents world-readable. 'Permission denied' messages from a number of internal files and folders were a recurrent theme whenever I did a find ...
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Sudo works for a whole day and then stops working until a reboot

I currently have admin access to a Macbook Pro running OSX 10.8.4. I have been sudoing at the terminal for the whole day with no restart until sudo stops working. I rebooted the operating system and ...
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Is there a way to set an Application Shortcut in the Keyboard Preference Pane via Terminal?

I'd like to have a bootstrap for my custom keyboard shortcuts to use on multiple machines...
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cannot run sudo

I have a corporate account work on my macbook that has administrator privileges and created a non-administrative account local. Logged in as local, when I tried a command with sudo, I got the ...
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Upgrading from sudo 1.7.4p6 to 1.8.6p7 on OS X 10.7.5

I downloaded sudo for os x 10.7 from the following link, I followed the readme instructions, but when I call sudo -V I still get the old version number. I can see the folders related claim to have ...
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Mac asking for password for some files when deleting [duplicate]

This happens not for all files. When I move or delete some of the files on my external drive Finder will ask for password. Is it due to permission set on these files ? Can I use something like Sudo ...
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Password problems changing users in Terminal

I'd like to switch between the default user in Terminal and the user 'postgres', created when I installed PostgreSQL 9.2. If I type su postgres, I'm prompted for a password that I don't know and don'...
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How can root launch a regular Mac application from a cron job in /etc/crontab?

I want the cronjob to do some things as the superuser, and depending on the result, launch an app as me, the logged-in user. I've tried a bunch of things but nothing I think should work does. ...