0 Replies Latest reply: Feb 22, 2013 1:19 PM by 022113
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Is there a fix for the Lion Root User Logout Problem? After logging into the root user on Lion I cannot logout by choosing logout, I cannot shut down the computer by choosing shut down, I cannot restart the computer by choosing restart, and I can not open "about this mac" by choosing that option. So, virtually, all the choices under the apple menu, when logged in as root, with Lion 10.7.5, do not work. The one time it did try to logout the machine "hung" and I eventually had to do a hard shutdown. Further, if any other user is also logged in when I try to logout of root on Lion I can switch to that account and find that choosing logout in root is actually logging out that other account. From a cursory search it seems that many other Lion users have encountered this issue: http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1330038 http://discussions.apple.com/message/16269299#16269299 http://discussions.apple.com/thread/3358899?start=0&tstart=0 I am, possibly, going to downgrade back to Leopard or Snow Leopard, I wish I had known Lion is broken in this manner before spending money on Lion, but I would like to know if there is a fix(patch?) for this, in my opinion, huge problem. None of the above referenced threads are marked as solved. I am really not laughing about this, not by any means; if I wanted an operating system that does not just work, then, I would have used one of the operating systems I have always believed is j***, or something.


note: I want to logout of root by using the options under the apple menu, not by any other means. If that can not be done, then, I consider lion broken. I understand root and how to use it; what I do not understand is this outrageously bizarre behaviour while trying to do something as simple as logout, restart, or view "about mac" from Lion 10.7.5 root user. Incidentally, my root account, on OS X, is usually disabled; I have always enabled them only when I need to use them, and when I am not online, and then disabled them again. Most of the time I use a standard account.

OSX Lion 10.7.5