I keep getting a warning message that terminal would like to administer my computer whenever I run standard commands, such as editing crontab in Vim. This never used to happen on my old Macbook. How do I turn off this feature?


Please also see Reset All Mojave App Permissions

These are new(ish) security features that have been gradually introduced in recent macOS versions. Apple noticeable ramped up these security controls with the release of mojave.

The system noticed that Terminal was being used to access files that aren't normally edited by end users. (Were you attempting to edit the crontab for the root user? ... i.e. sudo crontab -e?

The command line utility that can control this is tccutil.

To reset warnings associated with the Terminal app, you can use tccutil reset All com.apple.Terminal. This will reset permissions and warnings associated with Terminal back to factory defaults ... but from here you would be allowed to grant permissions to Terminal.

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    This doesn't answer the question. Resetting will put things back to the default. The question is how to make, by default, macOS not to ask about this permission. – e40 Dec 6 '19 at 2:20

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