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On a Mac I do not have the root password, but I have a user with administrative privileges.
Can I use it to reset the root password?


MacOS X 10.6.3

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Are you sure your installation of OS X has a root user? It's disabled by default, and to run a command with root privileges the administrative user would use sudo instead, using their own password (which cannot be blank).

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Should it not be: sudo passwd root

Alternatively, you can follow these instructions on recovering a root password on Mac OS X: link text.

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