Can't Update Applications: "You don't have permission to access some of the items"

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  1. LoneWolf121188 macrumors 6502a

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    All of a sudden, I can't update my applications. When I open a dmg and drag the updated application into my Applications folder, it asks if I want to overwrite, so I hit yes, and then it says "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items." Huh? I shouldn't have to go to terminal and use sudo mv to do something like this...
     
  2. calderone macrumors 68040

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    The app itself may have modified the permissions of some of its resources.

    So the question is: Is it really all drag and drop applications or was that an exaggeration?
     
  3. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thunderbird, Firefox, etc. Pretty benign programs.
     
  4. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Have you recently changed usernames?

    shortname1 --> shortname2
     
  5. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  6. Damo01 macrumors regular

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    Normally finder ask for your admin password, to let finder have permission or admin privilege to copy applications from dmgs by just simply drag and drop... but if Finder isn't asking for your admin privilege, than something weird is going on there. Sorry I had this problem once which is similar but I could not work it out myself . I end up excluding mostly all system files from Time Machine and did clean installation of Mac OS X and I got it fix from just doing that.
     
  7. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Then chances are the app itself has changed ownership on some its resources. You would need to dig in and find out where the issue is.

    Code:
    ls -l
    Is your friend here.


    This is an overreaction.
     
  8. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Let's see...

    drwxr-xr-x@ 3 501 admin 102 Jun 8 2010 Thunderbird.app
    drwxr-xr-x@ 3 Ravi admin 102 Jan 21 23:11 Firefox.app


    What's the @ symbol after the permissions? And what's this "501" user?

    Also, some of the groups I see are "wheel" and "staff" ...never heard of those before. As you can tell, I'm fairly new to Unix, so I'd appreciate any knowledge I can get!
     
  9. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Just ran into this problem again updating Skype.

    Terminal reports:

    drwxr-xr-x 3 501 admin 102 Feb 8 2010 Skype.app

    I did a sudo chmod to change it to rwxrwxrwx (confirmed by running ls -l again) and it still doesn't work: Finder still says "The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items." Path Finder also gives a "Operation could not be completed" error. Help?
     
  10. Mantis2141 macrumors newbie

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    Login as Root and install the app

    You will be able to find the solution here
    http://www.google.com/support/forum/p/Chrome/thread?tid=7b6f69f131f7bcf4&hl=en
     
  11. LoneWolf121188 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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