I am admin on my MBA (Mavericks), and I want to get App Store update notifications. The rest of my family have non-admin (standard) accounts and I'd like to disable App Store updates and notification for their logins. The answers to Disable App Update Notifications on OSX? apply to all users, not selective users.

  • This 2012 Apple Support Community post suggests disabling automatic updates in System Preferences and scheduling a scripted check as a launch agent. I don't want to write it up as a full-fledged answer without verifying it first, but it may be worth looking into.
    – M. Justin
    Commented Dec 21, 2020 at 6:17

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There's no way to do this without sticking some funky commands in the command line. Best option is to just disable the update notifications system-wide (such as suggested in your article/link) and have the admin users check for updates manually.

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    I agree that's not feasible, but "some funky commands in the command line" - that's kind of implying that there is a solution, isn't it? ;-)
    – Asmus
    Commented Jun 24, 2014 at 10:05

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