How do I give MacPorts privileges?

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I tried to install PostgreSQL server development libraries using MacPorts and got the following:

Warning: MacPorts running without privileges. You may be unable to complete certain actions (e.g. install).
--->  Computing dependencies for postgresql-server-devel
--->  Dependencies to be installed: postgresql-devel
--->  Building postgresql-devel
Error: Target returned: shell command failed
Error: The following dependencies failed to build: postgresql-devel
Error: Status 1 encountered during processing.
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So I guess that means I need to running MacPorts with privileges and try again. Unfortunately I’ve no idea how to give MacPorts privileges.

I’m running OS X 10.6.3


Use sudo.

sudo port <commands>