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

stefano iacus stefano.iacus at unimi.it
Sat Jun 26 11:52:40 CEST 2004

On Jun 26, 2004, at 9:41 AM, stefano iacus wrote:

> 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).
sorry, you should "NOT" install it on Panther.

> stefano
> 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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