Other and the root user

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Last evening I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Tri-Valley Macintosh Users Group, based in Pleasanton, California. A good time was had by all.

After yacking about iPods for an hour or so, we opened the floor to questions of all stripes. One of those questions came from member John, who asked:

“When I log in I see this Other… listing among my list of users. How do I get rid of it?”

A voice from the crowd offered “That can appear when you enable the root user for your account.”

After a tiny amount of grilling, John admitted that, at the prompting of a third-party tech-support representative, he had indeed enabled the root account two years before in order to make an expensive piece of software sit up, roll over, and beg.

How to get rid of it? Like so:

Log into an account that has Administrator privileges and navigate to /Applications/Utilities and launch Netinfo Manager.

Click the Lock icon in the local@localhost~/ window, enter your password when prompted and click OK, and choose Security > Disable Root User. Once again enter your password when prompted and click OK.

Quit Netinfo Manager and log out. Provided that your Administrator’s account is configured to display the list of users for your computer (versus automatically logging in or showing blank Name and Password fields) the Other… entry will be conspicuous in its absence.

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