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When I need to install Node packages or doing something like composer self-update I have to prefix all commands with sudo.

How can I reconfigure my Vagrant instance (or the Ubuntu 14 OS) to ignore the need for sudo when connected via SSH?

I tried the following already:

sudo chown -R $USER /usr/local

However, I am getting permission problems when any Node packages try to install any other packages (such as Yeoman generators).

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You cannot remove the need for sudo. However, you can temporarily become root to enter a group of commands without typing sudo every time. This doesn't remove the need for sudo which is always there, but it lets you bypass it for a short while. sudo su root will give you root permissions until you exit the command shell or log off. To remind you to be very careful, the command prompt changes to #. Type exit to go back to a normal command shell.

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