How to become 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 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 AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

You'll have to close your Finder window and open another one for these changes to take effect.

Installing X-Windows

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
Susanne Riehemann (