help with Mac OS X 10.4 command line interface

LtPage1

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So, in Terminal (OS X 10.4), I can't enter my password. I can type in text and enter commands, but as soon as it prompts me for my admin password, i can't enter text anymore in Terminal. Help!
 

dclive

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Originally posted by: LtPage1
So, in Terminal (OS X 10.4), I can't enter my password. I can type in text and enter commands, but as soon as it prompts me for my admin password, i can't enter text anymore in Terminal. Help!

It doesn't echo the characters back to you, but when you're prompted for your password, key it in and press enter.

If you do a sudo -s, do you get prompted for the root password, and is the password accepted?
 

LtPage1

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ok, now i feel silly.

it seems to accept the password, but i cant get the command im using to work. I'm trying to change my MAC address, using this command: sudo ifconfig en0 ether theaddress

i dont get a confirmation message, but it accepts it- but its still the same when i check my address in system prefs, even after a restart. what am i doing wrong?
 

dclive

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Give us the exact command template you're using, including the MAC, and perhaps we can see what is going wrong. Leave sudo out of it - connect as root with sudo -s before you do this command.
 

LtPage1

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sudo ifconfig en0 ether 00:11:24:75:9a:dd

Sorry, my programming skills are pretty much nonexistent- what do you mean by connecting as root with sudo -s?
 

dclive

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Type "sudo -s" and when prompted, key in root's password. Be sure to enable the root account with /applications/Utilities/Netinfo.

Now do your ifconfig commend; leave the sudo off of it.

Does it work now?