seanism DOT com Random thoughts from the world of seanism


Unpause printing for non admins in OS X

paused printer

Our OS X users do not have local admin on their machines.  A side effect of this is they cannot unpause their printers.  To resolve this you need to add them to the _lpadmin group.  You will need to run the below command in Terminal to add them to the group.

sudo dseditgroup -o edit -u ADMINISTRATOR -p -a USER -t user _lpadmin

Replace ADMINISTRATOR with a local administrator account in both commands and USER with the user you want to add to the group.  All the password prompts enter in the administrator password.