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Ut-oh ... lost "su" password
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shadybirdstan
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Sep 3, 2008, 09:54 AM
 
Hello, I'm hoping somebody can help me here. It seems that I no longer have my su password. I haven't switched to su in a bit in terminal and today when I tried I received the su: Sorry message.

I'm hoping there is a way that I can reset the su account's password, so any help would be GREATLY appreciated.

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Chuckit
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Sep 3, 2008, 10:18 AM
 
You could deactivate and reactivate root in Directory Utility. But why do you have the account active in the first place? Why not just sudo?
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shadybirdstan  (op)
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Sep 3, 2008, 10:35 AM
 
You know you're right, it really doesn't make much sense to use root at all.

I'll just go with sudo, much simpler solution.

Thanks for the smack in the back of the head ;-).
     
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Sep 3, 2008, 02:10 PM
 
You can reset it by booting off the OS X install disk, IIRC.
     
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Sep 11, 2008, 02:18 PM
 
as others have said its seems odd that you want to use su to get root access, sudo is, in general a better idea. i appreciate that sometimes it can be tedious to have to prefix your commands with sudo, so as a tip for these situations i suggest using

$ sudo bash

this will launch a super user shell. using this technique you never need to set a root password

obviously you still need su (switch user) if you want to operate as another normal (ie not root) user on your system.
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Sep 11, 2008, 02:27 PM
 
Why not switch users using the login command?

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Sep 11, 2008, 03:54 PM
 
sudo -s will keep you in a root shell.
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