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Old Oct 27, 2009, 06:37 AM   #1
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Run Software Update without Admin Privileges?

How can you run Software Update in Leopard without having to type in the admin password? Is it possible?

I am in a lab setting, and my students do not have the access privileges to run the update. Is there any way around it?
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 06:43 AM   #2
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You can just cancel the admin prompt in SL and it will check for updates but as almost all updates install software that effects all users of the machine/the system as a whole the rightly require admin rights to install...
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 10:57 AM   #3
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Not sure if I was clear in my previous post...

I want to be able to have a non-admin user to be able to install the updates that are found in Software Update. Currently when they try to install the updates, the admin username/pw need to be entered.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 11:04 AM   #4
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Not sure if I was clear in my previous post...

I want to be able to have a non-admin user to be able to install the updates that are found in Software Update. Currently when they try to install the updates, the admin username/pw need to be entered.
That's not possible. Under the hood, you have nothing more than Unix files and permissions. If an update needs to perform actions in a directory or on a file not owned by that user, you need higher permissions to do that. This is nothing more than a gui for the command sudo, which allows you to escalate your privileges momentarily.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 11:04 AM   #5
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I want to be able to have a non-admin user to be able to install the updates that are found in Software Update. Currently when they try to install the updates, the admin username/pw need to be entered.
This is simply not possible: the updates alter fundamental system software so must get admin-level authorisation.
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Old Oct 27, 2009, 11:13 AM   #6
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If you're in charge of multiple Macs in a lab, the easiest thing to do is run an update service on OS X Server, but it's going to cost you. Buying one of the new Mini Servers is one way of doing it but you could also buy OS X server and put it on a dedicated Mac.

I haven't read the following myself in any detail (I don't need to do this) but I believe it's documented here http://images.apple.com/server/macos...dmin_v10.5.pdf.

Edit: Actually, you should look into the command line tool - softwareupdate. You should be able to set up a daily task to automatically check and install updates as an admin user.

For more details open Terminal and type
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 man softwareupdate

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