I'm having an issue with my Mac where it's freezing on the initial login.
How can I enable ssh without using going into system preferences, etc.
I got this from the templates in Apple Remote Desktop.
Rather late ..but perhaps useful for anyone facing a similar issue and finding this. Especially when your can't apply cocoabean's anwer, because remote login is disabled (…);
If loginwindow shows username- and password-textfields, then in the username field type:
followed by ↩ (enter/return).
This will drop you straight into a login-prompt in an interactive shell on the local machine.
And i believe that the WindowServer actually gets killed in this scenario, making it even impossible for GUI-apps to run at all.
In case your loginwindow shows the list of users and ends with an "Other…"-option, clicking that will also get you to the two textfields-view with the.
If you can't enter the