Resetting the LDADMIN group on 10.6.8

Posted on 2011-10-07
Last Modified: 2013-11-23
I'm trying to add or remove a printers on a 21" iMac 10.6.8.
I get a log in screen asking for the lpadmin username and password, witch I enter, but it tells me that the password is wrong.
I trying running the terminal command (dseditgroup -o edit -p -a admin -t group lpadmin) witch I've successfully used before to reset the admin group, but it says group not found.

I wanted to know if there was a way to modify this group through terminal.
If not I'll just install a clean copy of 10.6

I would appreciate any help on this thanks,


Question by:dillon1977
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    Accepted Solution


    You shouldn't have to use lpadmin to remove printers from 10.6.8.
    Just any admin user should work.
    Have you tried entering another [admin] name and password in the dialog?

    And you also have the possibility to reset the whole printing system in 10.6.8.
    You do this by right-clicking in the list of printers in the Print & Fax-pane of System Preferences, choose Reset printing system... and authenticate as an admin user. (See attached image.)

    I know the above is not answering your question about modifying lpadmin group through Terminal, but I hope I'm giving you a working solution to your problem instead ... :-)

    Otherwise – the Terminal command 'sudo dscl' is your friend in editing users and groups in local database.
    (That is dscl run as superuser, just to be extra clear.)

    Best Regards
    /Jens Helander

     Reset printing system... (Mac OS X 10.6)

    Author Closing Comment

    It didn't answer my initial question, but it was helpful in resolving part of my printer issue. I found that if you add the everyone group to the lpadmin group it will allow them to modify the printers.

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