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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:


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... None of the above referenced threads are marked as solved.

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.

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Hardware shutdown? Ouch. You should really try to avoid those. Try control-command-power first, or even opening a Terminal window and using sudo shutdown -h now if the system's still responding. – Blacklight Shining Feb 23 '13 at 19:02
Lion 10.7.5, specifically? Do you know if it affects earlier revisions? You could possibly downgrade to e.g. 10.7.4, rather than ditching Lion entirely. – Blacklight Shining Feb 23 '13 at 19:44
I couldn't reproduce it on 10.8.2. I don't know if it was fixed or if it only affects some installations though. – user495470 Feb 24 '13 at 6:11
@blacklight-shining Links in my initial post lead to forums where many Lion users complain of the exact same problem, but with different versions of Lion. I have software/hardware that may not be supported in Lion. Since I bought a 2nd apple computer, a used mac pro, I thought I would see if I could circumvent any compatibility issues. This Lion root logout problem makes me uncomfortable using Lion at all; especially, since apple does not even seem to acknowledge the problem, or the extent of it ... – q305noonce Feb 24 '13 at 11:40
... Unfortunately, everyone is dropping support for leopard, but I do not see much of an alternative for me; Leopard has been, in a manner of speaking, predictable and stable, for me, with critically important data/tasks, for 5 years, now. This is not a good time, at all, for me to risk/gamble critically important data/tasks. Further, to me, apple has a well known history of leaving users stranded "high and dry" ... – q305noonce Feb 24 '13 at 11:44

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