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Installing Maya for OS X

Using the Terminal and setting up a root password By Dave Nagel
I've never written a tech tip on how to install any application on the Mac before. But let's face it: OS X is different, and sometimes you're going to have to do some very un-Mac-like things to get around in it. So today we're going to take a look at the first application I've encountered for OS X that requires you to go into the Terminal program and engage in a little Unix-speak to get it working. Regardless of whether you plan to use Maya at any time, this is stuff you'll have to do eventually anyway, so you might as well follow along.

Installing Maya itself is a breeze. As with most Mac applications, you just run the installer, and everything goes where it's supposed to go. But activating the license key is a different story.

Maya uses your physical Ethernet address in its encryption, so, before you can get your license key, you'll need to supply this information. It's located in your Network Preferences Panel, which is located in the System Preferences under the Apple menu.

Once you supply this, Alias|Wavefront will supply you with a data file that will be used for activating you key. To do this, just follow these instructions.

1. Move your data file to the Desktop?the actual Desktop, not the folder labeled "Desktop."

2. Open the Terminal application, which is located in your Utilities folder within your Applications folder.

3. Type "su" (without the quotation marks) to take you to the root. Enter your password when prompted.

4. Type "installmayalicense" (without the quotes).

The problem
Everything went smoothly, right? Wrong. (Well, unless you know something about Unix, in which case you're one up on me.)

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