[Rd] Installer package destroys permission settings on /Applcations (PR#7025)

stefano iacus stefano.iacus at unimi.it
Sat Jun 26 09:41:23 CEST 2004

Thanks for raising this problem. I agree, the installer should not 
change the permissions on /Applications (but user can decide to install 
the application somewhere else and move it to /Applications later as a 
temporary solution)

It only affects the directory where you choose to install R.app (the 
few KB application). So the rest of your system is safe (at least)

As for the R.framework: it should stay in /Library/Frameworks in this 
release as well as for 1.9.0. So nothing changes there

I've just upload a new version of the installer on CRAN. It will take 
till tomorrow to propagate on the web.

Apart from this (serious) issue: user should upgrade always to the 
latest version of R

As said in the ReadMe file, you should install the libxml2 package if 
you use Panther (which seems to be your case).


On Jun 26, 2004, at 2:17 AM, reitter at mle.media.mit.edu wrote:

> Full_Name: david Reitter
> Version: 1.9.1
> OS: Mac OS X 10.3
> Submission from: (NULL) (
> The installer package seems to change the permissions on the 
> /Applications
> folder (and probably on other folders as well), which means that a 
> normal user
> (that does not happen to have user id 501) cannot open the 
> Applications folder
> anymore. Both group and user are changed to id '501' (which doesn't 
> exist on my
> system). 501 is usually the first user on a system.
> Also, it seems to change permissions of the root directory /.
> Running Disk Utility ("repair permissions") helps in such a case -- 
> provided you
> are able to run Disk Utility without accessing your Applications 
> folder (which
> might be hard for the non-techie).
> The libxml package that is included does the same kind of BS, but this 
> time with
> the less important /usr folder.
> I could reproduce the problem by installing R again after I ran the 
> system's
> repair permissions script.
> I wonder if this is a general problem with Apple's installer.
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