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How to get rid off password prompts for each operation?

628 Views 8 Replies Latest reply: Oct 6, 2011 10:15 AM by sjordi RSS
sjordi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Oct 4, 2011 11:06 PM


I just got my Macbook Air, switching from Windows, but now I have a problem: I feel like I have UAC in Windows Vista.


Each time I want to do anything outside my user directory (in which I never work, I need my main stuff at root level), it

prompts for the user password. Even when in my use directory.

This is not going to work.


How can I full disable that stupid prompt?


Thanks for any help.




P.S. Please answer only if you have a solution, I'm not interested in "why do you want to work at root level", or "work in

your user folder", etc...

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.1)
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,860 points)

    It's normal to be prompted for an administrator password when changing most files outside your home folder.


    To be prompted when you change files inside your home folder is not normal. Follow the instructions for Lion in the article linked below:


    Reset home folder permissions | [Fix-KB]

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,860 points)

    If you're an expert user, open a root shell. If you're not an expert, you don't disable the prompts. File permissions exist to protect the system from unintended modification.

  • François J. Perreault Level 2 Level 2 (175 points)

    Make yourself the "owner" for each of *your* folders, that is, the ones you've created at the root "/":


    sudo chown -R yourusername "/Folder A"

    sudo chown -R yourusername "/Folder B"


    Once that's done Finder should stop asking you for credentials whenever you're working within and/or moving things around inside these folders.


    Still, I would strongly recommend that you base youself off a parent folder such as /home, or /Users, or even /opt, or something else that according to typical unix convention will be understood as being non-OS files and shall be left alone whenever an update, Repair Permissions, or any vendor-initiated changes invariably do occur.


    Hope this helps.


    Note: You might be able to get this done using Finder, through the "Get Info" dialog, but this might prove daunting if you don't already have proper access.

  • softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Well, it's a shame you were so hasty. If you want to operate as root in the UI you can. Just enable the root user through the Accounts pane:


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