Can I install and application and have it available for all users?

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  1. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    So, just getting back to a mac after about a decade off. Love the new OSx, but I have a quick question.

    when I installed an application, firefox in this case, under my login, it wasn't available to my GF on HER login?

    is there a way to make items available to ALL users?
     
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, by installing into the Applications folder at the root level of the drive, not the Applications folder in your account.

    You could try copying the app over to that folder now, it may be easier that way.
     
  3. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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  4. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    hi

    question though, how to install at the root level? I don't seem to be able to drag it to the root level, or get the installer to do it there.
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Use the /Applications folder and not the /Users/yourname/Applications folder. Most applications "asks" to be installed there anyway... :)
     
  6. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Do default installs even have a /Users/name/Applications folder? I have never seen that before. :confused:
     
  7. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Yes, I think so. At least I've always** had one... :)

    ** since I started using OS X instead of OS 9...
     
  8. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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    well,

    it seems to put them in the same folder, but it is not visible across the multiple users.

    As well, the .dmg file on the desktop doesn't want to be unmounnted.
     
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    Sounds like you're running the application from the mounted disk image. You have to copy the application to your Applications folder, not just make an alias (or running directly from the mounted disk image). Look here for more info on installing Mac OS X applications. :)
     
  10. tivoboy thread starter macrumors 68030

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  11. ankh macrumors member

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    same problem/question but with Lion 10.7.1

    Just got a new mid-2011 Mini that came with OSX 10.7 "Lion"

    I've noticed with Lion that when I install to the main Applications folder -- not the /Users/~/Applications folder -- that the app still comes there owned by whichever named User was logged in.

    But it's not accessible by the other user account.

    Any advice welcome; pointer to a more recent thread also welcome.

    I see a _lot_ of confusion in Apple support forums about permissions, ACLs, etc. and have contributed a bit to that myself -- but no clear answers there.

    So I don't know if this is working as it's meant to, or if it's a known problem.
     

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