AW: AW: How to make an app accessible for all users on Mac?

Phil Jimmieson phil at
Fri Apr 17 06:50:43 EDT 2009

Hi Tiemo,
certain parts of the application have to have execute access too. I  
think somehow the permissions got messed up when the app was  
transferred to the Mac. The app itself is just a folder containing a  
number of other files, any one (or more) of which could have its  
permissions messed up. I just checked one of my apps and every single  
file (and folder) inside of it has full permissions (read, write and  
execute) to all users - not what I was expecting - though it does mean  
the app runs...

If you don't mind using the terminal you could try the following  
(don't type the quotes - I put them in to try to separate the commands  
from the other text). Hopefully you can still retrieve a copy of the  
original app in case this or the previous attempts to make it work  
mess it up further.

Start the terminal and type "cd" and a space.
Open a Finder window to see a view of your application. Click and then  
drag your application icon across into the terminal window (this  
should add the full path to the location of your app to the cd command  
you previously typed).

Go back to the terminal (click in its window) and press return. This  
should now run the cd command and set the terminal's current directory  
to be inside the application bundle folder for this app.

Type "pwd" and press return

This should show you the current working directory - which now should  
be inside the folder that represents the app (probably something like  
"/Applications/". If it isn't, don't try the sudo chmod  
command below - you could mess up all sorts of other files.

Type "ls  -lR" and press return (that's lower case L, lower case S,  
space, minus, lower case L and upper case R)

You will hopefully now see all the individual elements that make up  
your app, and the permissions related to each one. On the app I had  
all were set to "rwxrwxrwx" - which gives all permissions to everyone.  
If yours doesn't have that you can set it as follows:

Type the following  command while still in the same directory that you  
were in when you did the ls command previously (you could repeat the  
"pwd" command just to be sure).

"sudo  chmod  -R  a+rwx *"

(the last bit is a star character). This means as a super user (admin  
user), change the access permissions recursively (the -R bit) to add  
read write and execute for all users to any files and folders in the  
current directory.

You'll be asked for your password - you have to be an admin user to  
run this command. If you enter your password correctly, all the files  
and folders inside your app should now be read, write and execute to  
everyone. Only your app's enclosing folder hasn't been changed by this  

If your app still doesn't work, then I'm not sure what else to suggest!

Good luck!

On 17 Apr 2009, at 10:57, Tiemo Hollmann TB wrote:

> Hi Phil,
> it says: permission denied, exited with exit code:1
> any idea, why the permission is denied if I have read - write to  
> everyone?
> Thanks
> Tiemo
>> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
>> Von: use-revolution-bounces at [mailto:use-revolution-
>> bounces at] Im Auftrag von Phil Jimmieson
>> Gesendet: Freitag, 17. April 2009 11:40
>> An: How to use Revolution
>> Betreff: Re: AW: How to make an app accessible for all users on Mac?
>> Hi Tiemo,
>> can you have a look at the console application (in your applications/
>> utilities folder) - and check for all messages or console messages to
>> see if there's any information about why your rev app didn't start  
>> up?
>> It might give a hint about what's happening.
>> On 17 Apr 2009, at 10:16, Tiemo Hollmann TB wrote:
>>> Hello Kay,
>>> that really sounds almost the same as Peters case, but seems not to
>>> be. I
>>> run the check and the repair permissions, but my app wasn't even
>>> listed.
>>> I build my standalone on Win, and took it from the network onto my
>>> Mac,
>>> where I created a DMG. So no zip is involved.
>>> But it must be a permission thing, because with my admin user it
>>> runs fine,
>>> it just doesn't launches with a standard user, though I now put a
>>> "system"
>>> user as the owner and gave read-write to everyone.
>>> Any other idea?
>>> Thanks
>>> Tiemo
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Phil Jimmieson  phil at  (UK) 0151 795 4236
Computer Science Dept., Liverpool University, Ashton Building, Ashton  
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