Nigel Kersten on 27 Mar 2001 00:47:23 -0000

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[Nettime-bold] Re: <nettime> apple -os x -the big brother?

This is the biggest load of rubbish I have ever heard.

Mac OS X is a unix. Traditionally you are strongly discouraged from using a
root account for day to day operations. You should only execute commands as
a superuser if it is really necessary. There are several ways you can do

Run a single command as the superuser. type 'sudo <commandname>'

Enable the root account the *nix way. type 'sudo passwd root'

Enable the root account the Mac way.

Open NetInfoManager
Go to the Domain menu,
Then open the 'Security' option, and select 'Enable root user'
Then you can always 'su' to root by simply entering 'su'.

try reading some documentation next time before you overreact...


> From:
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> Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2001 14:14:05 -0500
> To: nettime-l <>
> Subject: <nettime> apple -os x -the big brother?
> apple got into the scene with the 1984 ad - demolishing the big brother.
> now it's time for apple to be the big brother.
> anybody has installed the os x ? - it came out march 24. you don't have
> root access to your machine in either mac extended file system or unix
> file system (supposedly the developer's version).  if you install your
> os while you're on an active network, and send your profile to apple -
> the required process to sign up, you will be denied access to your
> machine if you try to install the second time, even the installation is
> smooth.
> and you as the one who install the os, don't even have permission to
> modify any file in root directory, you are not given root or wheel
> permission when you install the system as the admin.
> apple is watching you.
> z

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