Insufficient privileges?

earachefl at earachefl at
Mon Apr 18 18:36:29 PDT 2011

As the original poster, I must apologize... I was trying to run " $magick> sudo port install ImageMagick" 
literally, with "$magick>" included. Once I simply ran " sudo port install ImageMagick" all was well. 

Typical newbie, stirring up a mess 'o trouble. :( 

Sorry, and NVM!!! 

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Scott Webster" <sewebster at> 
To: "Ryan Schmidt" <ryandesign at> 
Cc: "earachefl" <earachefl at>, macports-users at 
Sent: Sunday, April 17, 2011 11:53:52 PM 
Subject: Re: Insufficient privileges? 

Is your user an administrator? If not, you need to su to an 
administrator user before using sudo. 


On Sun, Apr 17, 2011 at 5:51 PM, Ryan Schmidt <ryandesign at> wrote: 
> On Apr 17, 2011, at 16:27, earachefl wrote: 
>> I'm trying to install ImageMagick on 10.5 , using "$magick> sudo port install 
>> ImageMagick" and get error message: "Error: Insufficient privileges to write 
>> to MacPorts install prefix." I've run sudo port selfupdate already. What 
>> should I try? Thanks! 
> Curious. You'd think with sudo you'd be getting root privileges which should be able to do *anything*. 
> Have you set macportsuser to something (other than root) in macports.conf? 
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