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#1 DarkLordCthulhu


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Posted 14 March 2011 - 02:56 PM

I've noticed that on my Mac, the group for root is sometimes listed as admin and sometimes as wheel. What is up with that?
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Posted 15 March 2011 - 01:00 AM

The admin group is used by Mac OS X to determine which accounts are Administrators. The wheel group is a UNIX group for users which need elevated privileges. The root account on Mac OS X is disabled, and instead they use the wheel group to give Administrators full rights.
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