9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 24, 2006 10:14 AM by Steve Friend1
Steve Friend1 Level 1 (20 points)
Hi there,
I'm a bit of a Unix noob and I've hit a problem. It seems like when I'm using the Terminal sudo doesn't work. For instance if I want to copy/make a back up of the crontab file in /private/etc I use sudo cp crontab crontab.bak. I'm then ask for my admin password which I give, but the response is 'Sorry, try again', 3 times until the message 'sudo: 3 incorrect password attempts' is shown.

I am certain the password is right because I use it (with my admin user name) to authenticate certain things when I'm using the GUI front end of OSX (for instance dropping an app into the applications folder).

Sorry if this is a really stupid question, but I'm sure this used to work and now it doesn't.


G5 Dual 1.8 GHz PPC, Mac OS X (10.4.6), 2GB RAM