Why need to sudo?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hajime, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. hajime macrumors 68030

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    Hello, my MacBook Pro has three user accounts. I am the main user with Administration rights. How come under xterm, whenever I try to do something (changing names, moving files to /usr/local or subfolders, I need to add "sudo" before the commands?
     
  2. sjinsjca macrumors 68000

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    It's basically a way to say, "I've thought twice about what I'm about to ask you to do."
     
  3. Intell macrumors P6

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    It's similar to Windows User Account Control feature. It's there to prevent an unauthorized malicious software from harming your system.
     
  4. hajime thread starter macrumors 68030

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