Resolved Installing applications: can't just overwrite?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ledgem, Apr 28, 2012.

  1. Ledgem, Apr 28, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 29, 2012

    Ledgem macrumors 65816

    Ledgem

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    #1
    First, I apologize if this has been asked elsewhere (and I feel that it must have been) - I searched all over and couldn't find it.

    This annoying issue deals with updating applications. Under OS X 10.6 and earlier, I would be prompted for an administrator password (my normal account is a "standard" account), then I would be asked what to do about the fact that a file with the same name already existed, and that would be it. As far as I can remember, upgrading to OS X 10.7 about a year ago changed that.

    The sequence of events is about the same, but the operation fails with a message about permissions. The file to be overwritten in the Applications folder is essentially deleted (Finder reports that it is zero bytes, and it has the white cross-out symbol over it), but I have to manually remove it. Once I do so, I can go ahead and move the updated version in.

    Basically, I now have to type in my administrator username and password twice to install a program that has an older version in my Applications. The behavior is the same on my wife's computer; the only thing in common between our installs is that we both upgraded from OS X 10.6.

    It's not a critical issue, but any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
     
  2. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    It sounds like you have a general permissions issue - verify permissions in Disk Utility to see if anything is going on.
     
  3. Ledgem thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the reply. I forgot to mention that I tried verifying permissions on a few occasions, on both systems, and it didn't make a difference. Is there anything else that I can try?
     
  4. Ledgem thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Just wanted to give an update and say that this issue seems to have been resolved by updating to OS X 10.8.
     
  5. satcomer macrumors 603

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    It then was a permissions problem.
     
  6. Ledgem thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That may be, but Disk Utility could never fix it no matter how many times I repaired permissions.
     

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