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Actually i have to connect myself as an admin :

ssh to log into the mac and then use "su" to be as root.

I can't connect myself directly as root! WHY?!?....

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You have got to edit /private/etc/sshd_config and remove the comment on the line:

PermitRootLogin yes

As well as having an active root account (which I suppose you already do.)


You should then uncomment this line on the server, probably at /etc/ssh/sshd_config, and restart sshd using /etc/rc.d/sshd restart.

For the sake of security, though, I would recommend you against this practice and in favor of using su or sudo instead once connected.

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EH ! Thanks for your answer, but i didn't find the correct file :/ – Zell Jun 14 '13 at 9:52
Which version of OSX have you installed? It's kind of weird that you can't find that file, since its a unix standard. Take a look at /etc/sshd_config, just in case. – listik Jun 14 '13 at 10:13
Sorry I didn't precise ! Im trying to connect from My on 10.6.8 to a FreeBSD 8.3 machine – Zell Jun 14 '13 at 11:05

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