Why Sonar Asks for your Password

The first time you run Sonar in any OS X user account, Sonar will ask you for your password. It will sometimes ask for your password when upgrading to a new version of Sonar.

The password required is the password that you created when you set up your Macintosh. There may be other administrator usernames and passwords that you can use, depending on how your computer has been configured. You can click the Help button in the password window for more information.

When you type your password, it is not passed to Sonar. It is passed to the OS and if it is correct, the OS will authorize Sonar to perform certain actions.

The reason Sonar asks for your password is that listening to the file system is a restricted activity and the OS will not allow programs to perform this action without first alerting you by requesting that you type your password. After you enter your password, Sonar is able to start listening to your file system. Sonar also makes a permissions change to one of its files so that it does not have to ask you for your password in the future. If, in the course of a Sonar upgrade, Sonar has to change that file, Sonar will ask for your password again. The change that Sonar makes affects only the current user. If you run Sonar in another OS X user account, you will be asked to enter your password again.