HT1528: Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS XLearn about Enabling and using the "root" user in Mac OS X
Currently Being ModeratedMay 9, 2012 2:45 PM (in response to eabdhaz)
Why do you need to enable the root user?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2013 5:50 PM (in response to Kappy)
i too do not observe in editor section enable root user when I perform what Kappy offered in link. I am told I need that because of Error: 1303 repeatedly coming up in Adobe update. I first did a uninstall, then re-installed Adobe. That did not cut it. Maybe I need to uninstall completely into the trash and more of both Adobe reader and Adobe Flash Player and then re-install both since enable root user is not available?
Currently Being ModeratedMay 27, 2013 8:11 PM (in response to arnieom)
First off, it is a "Bad" idea to enable 'root', as that is the one known account that exists on every Unix system. If 'root' is enabled, it makes it much easier to break into a Mac via the one account that has absolute control over everything.
Having said that...
i too do not observe in editor section enable root user when I perform what Kappy offered in link.
Did you click on "Login Options" to get the "Join..." button?
Did you click on "Open Directory Utility" ?
Did you go to the Menu Bar and click "Edit"? It should be right there 2/3's of the way down the "Edit" menu -> "Enable Root User"
If you want another way.
Start an Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal session
sudo su -
password: <enter your admin password here>
Changing password for root.
Retype new password:
You have now enabled 'root'. I hope you gave 'root' a very VERY STRONG password, as you have just opened yourself up for script kiddies to go after your root account.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 28, 2013 3:26 AM (in response to BobHarris)
BobHarris, Thank you for your 'flow'. I believe I resolved situation as follows:
1. I located all three area's on Mac that had Adobe Reader and dragged all three to trash. That uninstalled them I believe.
2. I then went to Adobe site and installed Adobe Reader fresh!.
3. Then went to updates and downloaded update.
4. To install update I had to unlock my security and privacy and allow downloads from anywhere vs. apple only and identified developers. I then installed update. Completed action with then going back to apple only and identified developers. Lock that in.
This situatio has never occured in past. However, if update offers error 1303, I will try to just do step 4 and see what happens.