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Right now I am logged in to Terminal as a standard user, is there a way to sudo as the admin user?

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Which kind of terminal? Which OS? – tdammers Jul 18 '11 at 19:20
Terminal on Snow Leopard – nicole Jul 18 '11 at 19:26
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Write sudo bash, or sudo to whatever shell you want to use.

(I know this shouldn't be an answer, but I have to low rank to comment and the questioner seem to be in a hurry.)

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Seems to work...I used su 'User Name' and entered the password, that seems to work too. – nicole Jul 18 '11 at 19:44
I haven't used OS X since Mac OS 1.3. I thought the use of su was blocked (other then with sudo su). Guess I remember wrong. – mja Jul 19 '11 at 14:46
Also, using su is a bad habit, sudo and sudoeditprevents you from a lot of mistakes (I know, I've done most of them), especially when you have many terminal-windows open as different users and if you happen to do something in the wrong window. – mja Jul 19 '11 at 15:04
If I remember correctly, you're not allowed to su to root but you can su to any other user. – Daniel H Jul 20 '11 at 3:25
you cannot use sudo as a standard user in os x. what he was asking is if you can become the admin user while logged in as a standard user, to which the answer is su. nothing is wrong with using su. whats wrong is su-ing to root and carelessly executing commands from a root shell. – peelman Jul 20 '11 at 4:19

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