[R-SIG-Mac] Installer could install some files in "/" message

Thomas Juntunen tmj at visi.com
Sun Jan 13 18:00:58 CET 2008

On Sun, 13 Jan 2008 17:43:52 -0100 (CET), Ken Knoblauch wrote:

> I just tried to re-install the latest version R 2.6.1 (not the patched 
> on my MacBook Pro with Leopard.  I get an error message that the Install 
> because the Installer could not install some files in "/".  I'm an admin user 
> gave the password before the installation. Any suggestions about where I
> may have gone wrong.

> Jan 13 17:34:28 Macintosh pkgExtractor[711]: BomFileError 62: Too many
> levels of symbolic links - ///usr/local/lib

This portion of the error message suggests you have run afoul of a problem 
Simon Urbanek just described in another thread. Basically if one upgrades from 
Tiger to Leopard including XTools, an "infinite" symbolic link is created by 
mistake. here is what Simon said in a prior message to fix it:

> Now the actual bug that probably triggered this is Apple's installer  
> (so far Xcode 2.5 and 3 are known) that screws up /usr/local/lib - it  
> is an infinite symlink loop. If that is true, use the following to fix  
> it:
> sudo rm /usr/local/lib
> sudo mv '/usr/local/lib 1' /usr/local/lib
> Either of the above should fix the symptoms.

Thomas Juntunen

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