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Old 04-26-2009, 04:56 AM   #1
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I can not run dscl commands in single-user mode

I would like to create users and give them admin rights.

In order to do that i would need the dscl command.

when i run the command the system returns:

For Single User Mode you must run the following command to enable use of dscl
launchctl load :System:Library:LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist

I run that command and try again the dscl command.
Now the system returns the same "For Single..." message.
When I then run the "Launchctl ..." again it sys that it's already loaded.

Any clues why the comand does not work but the correct .plist is loaded?

Thanks in advance
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Old 04-26-2009, 04:41 PM   #2
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Any reason you are doing this in single-user? Also have a look at http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1543 for the full list of steps for using dscl in single-user.
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Old 04-26-2009, 07:17 PM   #3
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dscl might not even be necessary... if the node structure is understood.

For example, we can see which users are admins by reading the plist:
defaults read /var/db/dslocal/nodes/Default/groups/admin users
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Old 04-29-2009, 11:04 AM   #4
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Typo in Single User Mode for dscl

I ran into the same problem, and upon checking out Apple Support for using dscl in SUM I noticed that you are prompted to enter the wrong command.

Single User tells you to run
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServicesLocal.plist

What you actually want is just
launchctl load /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.DirectoryServices.plist
(note the lack of Local before the .plist)

Do that and you should be able to dscl to your hearts content.
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