He unplugged the printer and plugged it back in. OS X (10.6) asked for the print administrator password. I would like to add the user to that group but not the full administrators group. How do I do that?

This is for a stand-alone home Mac. By stand-alone I mean not part of a corporate login or administration.

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Run this Terminal command (as an administrator), replacing "usersaccountname" with the user's actual account name:

sudo dseditgroup -o edit -n /Local/Default -a usersaccountname -t user _lpadmin

When it prompts you, enter your password (it won't echo). That user should now be able to administer printers.

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    Since this is 5yrs old, do you know if there has been an update by Apple on how to do this via the GUI in later versions of OSX ?
    – sam
    Jun 6, 2016 at 14:14
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    @sam Yes - Run the "Directory Utility" GUI app (search for it in Spotlight). Choose 'Directory Editor' from the toolbar, then Viewing "Groups" in node /Local/Default. Then authenticate. Then find "Print Administrators" in the left column list. On the right, select "GroupMembership", then click the feint "+" to the right of the Value column. Edit "new_value" to the user's account name then click Save. Nov 10, 2019 at 9:55

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