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How to Enable the "root" Account on Mac OS X


Last updated: 8 August 2012

References

The GUI proceedures for all versions of Mac OS X are documented by Apple at http://support.apple.com/kb/ht1528

In Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) it seems to be the case that you sometimes cannot login directly as root. See the Apple discussion forums at https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3274744

Acknowledgments

Many thanks to all those who have given me feedback on this page, including Stephen Zinn, Damian Drape, Cary Swoveland, and Aaron Shipley.

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