How to become root
- Open a terminal window. Terminal.app can be found in the Utilities
folder in the Applications folder - you'll probably want to put it in
- sudo /bin/tcsh
- [enter your user password]
- passwd root
- [enter password you want for root]
Logging in as root
You can su to root in a Terminal window or log out and log back in as
root. If your login window gives you a list of users instead of a box
into which a username can be entered, you can change this setting to
the usual unix login window in the "Login" System Preference under the
tab "Login Window".
See all Files in the Finder windows
If you want to see all your dotfiles and all the unix directories, such as
/tmp and /usr in your Finder windows, type on the command line:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
However, this causes various junk files such as .DS_Store to appear
on your Desktop.
If these bother you, you can switch that behavior off with:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
You'll have to close your Finder window and open another one for these
changes to take effect.
I made detailed instructions for Installing
XFree86/XDarwin on a separate page.
If you already had XDarwin working for Mac OS 10.0.4, follow the instructions to update XDarwin to
work with Mac OS 10.1.
Last modified: October 8, 2001