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What is the su password?

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hdinh Calculating status...
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Jun 17, 2008 6:26 PM
I tried to delete the file /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/com.apple.PowerManagement.plist in attempt to fix my sleep/wake problem, but Leopard told me I don't have the privilege. Well, dusting off my Unix knowledge, I tried to switch to su mode, but have no idea what the password is. My login account is Administrator, but Leopard won't let me delete the file.

Does anyone know the su password? or how to delete the file?

Thanks,
Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3)
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,995 points)
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    Jun 17, 2008 6:27 PM (in response to hdinh)
    By default, using su to switch to root is disabled in the client version of Mac OS X. Use sudo instead.

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  • Darren 2007 Calculating status...
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    Jun 18, 2008 11:48 PM (in response to hdinh)
    run the following command will accomplish what you want.

    sudo su
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  • Retired Engineer Level 4 Level 4 (2,710 points)
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    Jun 19, 2008 4:34 AM (in response to hdinh)
    If you enable the root account and give it a password, you can then use the root password with su.
    Search finder help for root to learn how to enable the root account.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.3), 15", 2 GHZ Core Duo CPU, 2 GB RAM, 100 GB Hard Disk

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