Month: February 2008

How-To: Enable Root Password in Leopard

How-To: Enable Root Password in Leopard

You got a Mac running on Leopard (probably out of the box). You created your account, add in some personal info, and an admin password. Later in life (8 hours gap), you would open your terminal and simply type “su -” for purposes of i dunno, just root stuff. This reminds you, “Did i ever had one? I don’t recall any root password.” *did i mention this was me?*
Well to let you off the hook (the first 30 seconds in forgetfulness limbo and the next minute in regression), it’s not enabled by default. Here’s how to go about enabling root.
  1. Go to: Applications -> Utilities -> Directory Utility
  2. (Be sure to click the padlock to allow you to perform edits.)
  3. Click Edit -> Enable Root Password
  4. Type a new password and retype to confirm.