Make MAMP PRO not ask about passwords on service restart

Change your default MAMP password from ‘root’ to something more useful:
/Applications/MAMP/bin/mysql4/bin/mysqladmin -u root -p password newpassword

Edit the following files:

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/phpMyAdmin-X.X.X/

    $cfg['Servers'][$i]['password'] = 'newpassword'; // change root to your new password

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/mamp/index.php

    $link = @mysql_connect(’:/Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock’, ‘root’, ‘newpassword‘);

  • /Applications/MAMP/bin/

    # /bin/sh
    /Applications/MAMP/bin/mysql4/bin/mysqladmin -u root -pnewpassword –socket=/Applications/MAMP/tmp/mysql/mysql.sock shutdown

Tip taken from this site.


Using Windows printers on Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)

Some Windows printers are hard to configure. Here’s how you do it:

1. Open “System Preferences”

2. Click “Print and Fax”

3. Click “+” to add a new printer.

4. Click “Advanced” from the tab options. If you don’t see it, than right-click or CTRL-click in the toolbar area (gray on top) and select “Customize Toolbar”. Drag the Advanced icon to the toolbar, click “Done” and click “Advanced”.

5. Be patient. It takes up to a minute for this screen to fill the options. Once done, select type “Windows”, device “Another device” and enter URL as:


My example connection is for user named “serbian” with password “cafe012”. Domain name is “Workgroup”, computer name “silver” and printer was shared by Windows as “Optra”. Fill the rest of the data as you please.

Leopard fixes

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is great, but as any other OS, it has it’s growing pains.

Here’s issues I encountered with it:

1. MailActOn doesn’t work with new
UPDATE: The Leopard install has been released. Works great.

2. When starting I got this error message:

You are not authorized to run this application. The administrator has set your shell to an illegal value.”

I downloaded iTerm from and issued a command:

sudo chsh -s /bin/bash my_username

That fixed it.