Currently Being ModeratedOct 1, 2011 11:32 PM (in response to tarik2012)
Try disabling root user first, then logging out, logging back in, enabling root user again.
If it doesnt' work let me know - Lion may not allow fast user switching for root (that wouldn't surprise me) - and I'll try it on my Lion test install (currently in SL so can't tell you).
If it's any consolation (probably not), I was able to replicate the problem on all five Lion machines here:
- Fast switched from user account to root account.
- Tried to log out of root account, but couldn't.
- Fast switched back to user account.
- Found the "Are you sure you want to log out" dialog box on the user account's Desktop!
- Clicked "Yes".
- User account was logged out, not root.
- Back in the root account.
- Tried to log out, but couldn't.
- Tried to restart, but couldn't.
- Tried to shut down, but couldn't.
- Selected "Show login window" from the fast switch menu.
- Clicked Restart button in the login window.
When I work as root I do it via su (or more safely, sudo) in a Terminal window. The last time I tried fast switching to root was probably several major OSX versions ago. I don't remember this strange behavior in whatever OSX version I was using back then.Multiple Macs, Mac OS X (10.7.1), iPhone 4, iPad 2, iPod 5G
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2011 3:33 PM (in response to Linc Davis)
Thanks for the advice. Will be careful when I login as root. Since my main account is also an administrative one, there is no reason why I can't destroy my system too. Great to know how other users feel about the root account.
I manage Linux systems at at home, and use UNIX systems at work.
For home systems I use the root account to get the system initially set up, then switch to a less-capable account for almost everything else.
At work if you make a joke about getting "root password" from the system administrator, be sure you know them well enough and that they understand you are *just joking*.
I am not trying to be overly dramatic, just factual.
This is exactly my experience.. Weird. Not at all surprised - almost impossible to have a first version of a new OS without bugs. We should all try to push the system to discover more bugs and feedback to the OS designers. Then we will have a better OS. After all they have been doing for years in open source. Those users of Lion who are happy with 10.7.1 - Lucky People!!
System Administrators have to be "serious". I would hate to be responsible for the crash of a enterprise sytem.
Must be fun administrating a home Linux system. Got into Linux by chance. Had to install an unix system on my PC in 1997 when doing a course in computer science. When I asked for help from the tutor, he said "you can do it yourself - you are a computer science student"
If you have a spare/old desktop, you can download ubuntu and run your own little system.
You will learn much about
- Networking (hosts file, netconfig)
- File/directory permissions, which will provide much insight into future issues you will have with application/file sharing even between uses on the same Mac
- Utilities such as tar/zip
I think ds store runs a Linux separate from his Macs, and that is why he knows so much and is relatively fearless in learning new things.
Besides, it lets you make mistakes in a system you can afford to screw up.
Eventually you can even make a database or file server that lives behind a firewall and can hold files you can reach anything wherever you are through the internet.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 2, 2011 10:32 PM (in response to softwater)
Disabled root account and restart. Enable it. The system did not ask for password. The old password still works. However, the same problem of logging out of root account still happens and at one stage, the system hang and needed a hard reboot.
Back to the drawing board for the OS designers
ds store wrote:
Well if you mange to lock yourself out
1: command r boot
2: terminal: reset password.
No worries about locking myself out. If all else fails I can always ssh into it from one of my other Macs or my Linux machine and reboot from the command line. It's just annoying that fast switching to root under Lion behaves this way. I've submitted it as a bug report, and it will help if others do too:
Did Cupertino farm out all it's brains to the country of Shiffer?
Sorry, you lost me there, although if you mean Claudia Shiffer it might be worth the trip to find out...
Currently Being ModeratedMay 21, 2012 10:25 AM (in response to Linc Davis)
How is that an answer? Saying don't go there, dragons, doesn't fix the problem. Problem still exists, needs to be fixed and who knows what issues are related that can harm the system even without a user ever entering the root account That's a lazy, Nick Burns attitude.