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  • Spencer Swift Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Alan,


    I have to admit, I don't quite understand the situation you are stuck in.  You seem to be saying that on the new machine, you can login to a new Admin account.  But while logged in and making software changes, you are prompted for a password which does not match the one you are then currently logged in with?

  • Alan Cozzens Level 1 Level 1

    Hi Spencer,

    The problem I am facing seems to have been the result of my migrating the information from my old MacBook Pro to the new one.  The terminal opens with the old machines Admin showing as logged into terminal but when I tried  to copy and paste the commands you provided via URL  after hitting return I get a prompt,  Password:  but terminal will not accept ether my current admin password or the one from the old machine which apparently was in control of the terminal at the time I migrated the information to the new machine.  If I were able to actually run the commands from terminal that were provided,  I believe they would resolve my current problem with the Java 7 update but this appears to be blocked by the password prompt I can not complete.

    Thanks agin,


  • Spencer Swift Level 1 Level 1

    I guess I don't understand how launches logged into an account that you don't know the password to.


    How many acounts are shown in "Users & Groups" Pref Pane?  Do you recall if you ever enabled the root account?  That would really bother me to have some extra account for which I don't know the password.


    Just wondering -- When you launch, what does the command "whoami" return in the terminal window that is opened?  Is that your default account name shown?  Or another one?

  • rtln Level 2 Level 2

    WOW! $2400 computer just to play Yahoo! Bridge? Overkill much?

  • Alan Cozzens Level 1 Level 1

    I know the password  but terminal will not allow me to type it in. There are only 2 accounts in my user group plus guest but neither of the apprears in the terminal window. What I see at the top of the terminal Window is   Terminal - bash - 80X24.  In the actual terminal Window I see this:


    Last login: Tue Oct 30 13:38:30 on console

    admins-macbook-pro-17:~ admin$



    I can cut and paste the command lines from the url you sent, but when I hit Return I get the prompt,  Password:


    As far as I know I have never enabled the root account,  whatever that may mean.  I have no clue what   the command "whoami"  refers to  but any time I open a new terminal window I see the same type of last login statement as shown above, the only thing that changes is the time and date.

    The old MacBook Pro only had the one account on it besides  Guest.


    I hope this will clarify my situation a bit more precisely for you as I am in fact generally out of the depth here.

  • ambhci Level 1 Level 1

    I am having the same issues.

    This is the error code I get.  Can someone please help?


    Java Plug-in

    Using JRE version 1.7.0_09-b05 Java HotSpot(TM) 64-Bit Server VM

    User home directory = /Users


    c:   clear console window

    f:   finalize objects on finalization queue

    g:   garbage collect

    h:   display this help message

    l:   dump classloader list

    m:   print memory usage

    o:   trigger logging

    q:   hide console

    r:   reload policy configuration

    s:   dump system and deployment properties

    t:   dump thread list

    v:   dump thread stack

    x:   clear classloader cache

    0-5: set trace level to <n>


    Copyright 1997-2005 Yahoo! Inc.

    Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; Intel Mac OS X 10_8_2) AppleWebKit/536.26.17 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/6.0.2 Safari/536.26.17;jvmvendor=Oracle Corporation;jvmversion=1.7.0_09

    getting image:

    getting image:

  • jcsoliman Level 1 Level 1

    Try clicking on this link to check whether your java is updated.  if not, it will give you instructions how to update:


    test applet

  • Alan Cozzens Level 1 Level 1

    The Problem  is totally with the Yahoo's Java Applet which is still version 1.0 introduced nearly 10 years ago. You can go to other Java based game sites such as Pogo  and  you will have no problem playing their games with the new Java.  Someone at Yahoo needs to get off their butt and upgrade their Java Applet to current Java standards.

  • Johann Beda Level 1 Level 1

    Alan see's this when opening terminal:


    Last login: Tue Oct 30 13:38:30 on console

    admins-macbook-pro-17:~ admin$


    I beleive this means he is on the machine "admins-macbook-pro-17" as set in the "Sharing" preference pane, and that he is logged in as the user with a short name of "admin", as shown by the name of the user's home folder in /Users/


    The "short name" does not have to be related in any way to the "long name", which could be something like "Alan Cozzens". Assuming that the "admin" account is in fact one with administrator (and thus sudo) privledges, any password that Terminal prompts you for would be the same as the password needed for loggin into that account in the regular login window, or the password used to install software into the /Applications folder.

  • benomatis Level 1 Level 1

    Well, whatever the cause, Java 6 seems to have stopped working on Mac. See

  • amadeu Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks a lot Spenser!! Your reply fixes my situation, also.


    Best regards,

    Amadeu Barbosa

  • workindog Level 1 Level 1

    Spencer, did you enable the root user? If I understand you right, we had the same problem. You can't run su or sudo commands on the new macbook without doing this, migrated or not. Took me a while to figure that out :-)



  • Spencer Swift Level 1 Level 1

    Yes.  I enabled the root account ages ago and it just migrates with my upgrades now.  Sorry for the confusion.

  • Johann Beda Level 1 Level 1

    workindog wrote:


    You can't run su or sudo commands on the new macbook without doing this, migrated or not.


    I am pretty sure that this is not corrrect. The "su" command (see ) can be run by anyone to change the ownership of a login session, most often to the root user, but that is not necessary. The "sudo" command allows any administrator to excute single commands as a "superuser" even if there is no root account created.


    I use "sudo" frequently on machines without a root account. One can even launch terminal as a non-administrator, then use "su" to "switch user" to an administrator account, and then use "sudo" to do whatever is needed. If you get tired of typing "sudo" all the time, you can use "sudo" to launch a terminal session as a superuser, all without needing to enable the root account explicity. (see for more info)

  • francisgomes Level 1 Level 1


    You could download Chrome, Opera or Firefox browser to use your Yahoo bridge.

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