I do most of the "work" I do on my Mac as a
Standard user (Apple parlance for an unprivileged user). I also frequently use the CLI (
zsh mostly now) via the
Terminal app. I use MacPorts as a package manager, and various utilities such as
softwareupdate, etc etc etc. As it frequently happens, something I am trying to do from the CLI requires privilege elevation via the
However: According to this document, it seems that Apple does not support the use of
Only administrator users can use sudo. If you’re not logged in as an administrator, you can do so by entering the following command, where adminUsername is the name of an administrator user:
% su adminUsername
This seems clumsy and inconvenient:
su and then
sudo. It is also at odds with the way
sudo works on other platforms I use. Of course macOS requires Admin user authentication to perform some tasks in the GUI, but this is generally not the way that
sudo operates; i.e. any user may be granted privileges to perform specified tasks by the Admin user for the system.
I won't ask "why" Apple does it this way as that can only be an opinion here, but I will ask if there is a work-around - can
sudo on macOS be made to work as it does on other platforms?