adium update says i dont have permission

greenbreadmmm

macrumors regular
Original poster
Jun 4, 2007
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when i try to install the update it says this

update error
Adium does not have permission to write to the application's directory! Are you running off a disk image? If not, ask your system administrator for help

how can i fix this

thanks
 

xUKHCx

Administrator emeritus
Jan 15, 2006
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The Kop
Chances are you trying to open the application from the mounted disk image. i.e. you have double clicked on the .dmg a window has appeared and you are trying the application from their.

Simply drag the application out of that window to your applications folder and it should work fine.
 

jrogers1126

macrumors newbie
Oct 30, 2009
1
0
Same problem

I have the same problem. Adium tells me that an update is available, and asks if I'd like to update, I think 'sure'!

It downloads and then gives me this error. I didn't launch it from a mounted disk, Adium launched the installer. I have admin rights, and have even set the perms on the Applications folder to 777 (temporarilly)

$ ls -la /Applications/.
total 1288
drwxrwxr-x+ 100 jrogers1126 admin 3400 Oct 24 21:29 .
drwxrwxrwx@ 4 jrogers1126 admin 136 Oct 19 12:05 Adium.app
$ ps aux | grep Adium
e122248 1721 2.4 1.9 542292 59880 ?? U 1:50PM 0:23.62 /Applications/Adium.app/Contents/MacOS/Adium -psn_0_557192
e122248 1795 0.0 0.0 599820 464 s006 S+ 1:59PM 0:00.00 grep Adium

soo..... What's the deal? My guess is the installer is trying to write to a folder other than /Applications, and this error message is erroneous/inaccurate.
 

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Karvel

macrumors regular
Jun 27, 2007
231
0
England
I've found a solution:

In your Applications folder, right-click/control-click on Adium and choose Get Info.

There will be a selection of disclosure-triangle headers (e.g. General, More Info, Name & Extension, Sharing etc.)

Click the triangle next to Sharing & Permissions, if it is not already visible.

It will show:

xx (Me)
admin
everyone

MAKE SURE "admin" is set to Read & Write, just like xx (Me) is.

Sorted!

edit: Nope, it doesn't work. Actual ffs.