Can't install anything from Terminal? Permission denied to directories?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Rku, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. Rku macrumors newbie

    Dec 16, 2011

    I'm using my admin account on my new macbook air with Lion trying to install some developer tools like pip. I always get a "Permission denied" error for all my installs. It seems I don't have write permissions for any directories. I guess I could change permissions for all of my directories but I don't think that's a great solution.

    Does anyone have an idea why I would get permission denied errors by default?

    Thank you.
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Do not go off changing permissions in a bunch of directories without knowing exactly what you are doing!!! That is a good way to wind up with an unbootable system.

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