[R-SIG-Mac] Naive question about permissions

Simon Urbanek simon.urbanek at r-project.org
Fri Oct 19 23:04:55 CEST 2012


On Oct 19, 2012, at 3:52 PM, Paul Hewson wrote:

> Hello,
> I have just been given an institutional macbook - I'm very used to linux, but some apple things are baffling me (like the lack of sudo apt-get update and upgrade for example).   

It's called softwareupdate on OS X ... apt is specific to Debian, so, yes, OS X is not Debian :) Just install Debian on the MacBook if you don't want to be baffled, it's possible and some people that buy Macs just for the hardware do it.

> I've installed roasted marshmallows, it's very nice.   However, I can't run it from command line (or aquamacs) due to some permissions error.   I've checked both R, the R64 and the symlink as described on the FAQ page.   All the permissions look OK (everyone seems to have x).
> The only thing I can think of is that I'm not in the admin group (and can't seem to put myself in that group).    Could this be a chmod issue or am I barking up the wrong tree completely.

We can't tell because you omitted all useful information ... (what error? where? how do you start it?)


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