Bug 368 : bad permissions on mac os x /tmp directory prevent processing from loading
Last modified: 2006-07-05 08:49



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Description:   Opened: 2006-07-02 15:15
Launching Processing 0115 on Mac OS 10.4.7 greets me with a blank tab bar and a plethora of
errors. I'll try to attach them...
Additional Comment #1 From rgovostes 2006-07-02 15:16
Errors occur on launch
Additional Comment #2 From rgovostes 2006-07-02 15:18
Similar errors occur when opening a document (nothing happens), running the sketch (nothing
happens), clicking on the tab bar (nothing happens), creating a new document (nothing
happens), or quitting the program (nothing happens, must use Force Quit).

Something's really screwy :-\
Additional Comment #3 From fry 2006-07-02 21:49
you're having a problem with permissions. it's as though someone else is
set to own the mac os x "temp" directory (i think it's just /tmp) or you
can't write to your own home directory.

maybe fixing permissions on your disk would help?

i'm developing on 10.4.7 now and haven't had any problems like this.
Additional Comment #4 From rgovostes 2006-07-04 10:35
I repaired permissions and the situation did not improve.
Additional Comment #5 From rgovostes 2006-07-04 22:01
Hm, this looks suspect:
drwxr-xr-x 24 root wheel 816 Jul 4 03:15 tmp

I believe those permissions ought to be drwxrwxrwx ... A friend of mine says his is a
symbolic link to private/tmp, actually.

sudo rm -rf /tmp; sudo ln -s /tmp/ /private/tmp/ produces the happy output:

lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin 12 Jul 5 00:58 tmp -> /private/tmp

And Processing works!
Additional Comment #6 From rgovostes 2006-07-04 22:02
Actually that command was

sudo ln -s /private/tmp tmp

(In case anyone else has this problem for some reason.)
Additional Comment #7 From fry 2006-07-05 08:49
any idea what screwed up your /tmp permissions? install anything recently?
the 10.4.7 update?