Wow - Gatekeeper is possibly the worst thing I've experienced on a computer recently.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mattcube64, Feb 23, 2013.

  1. mattcube64 macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Am I just not getting it?

    So, I have a Lightroom 4 disk; but just bought a new Retina MBP without the DVD drive. I hop on the App Store to download it, and realize ... duh ... I'd have to rebuy it again and can't just throw in the key. No big deal - I'll just find a quick torrent and put the key in there - I do this with Windows quite as I often am the "tech guy" in the family and when I wipe someone's computer, you can often times just throw in the serial key on the back of their tower. Anyhoo, whatever.

    But when my slow internet finally tries to open the .pkg, I get an error. Apparently, Gatekeeper - something I've never used as I'm coming from Snow Leopard - is blocking it. Not a huge deal, a quick Google shows how to disable it. So I select "Anywhere" and open again.

    It still won't open.

    So, do some more digging, and find the "spctl" command line. I label the .pkg and then tell it to allow me to open it. It doesn't. So I think - maybe you have to label the .dmg; so I do that, grant access.... no changes.


    I guess I'll download the trial; but I currently am suffering some pretty terrible internet speeds; was trying to avoid another hour long download. But honestly, it's not even that - it's just how draconian this piece of crap is. I'm holding judgement for a little bit - maybe I'm just missing something. But if I select "Anywhere" in my security settings, that should be the end of it. This is just awful.

    Any suggestions? Thanks!
  2. tkermit macrumors 68040


    Feb 20, 2004
    Yes. In fact, Gatekeeper can simply be circumvented on a case-by-case basis even using the default settings, by right-clicking the app or installer when it's started for the first time and selecting "open", instead of double-clicking. That's all there is to it. Never had a single problem with that (and I install a lot of unsigned third-party applications). Not sure why you're experiencing such trouble, although I would suggest that going the torrent route is probably not the best choice in the first place (regardless of whether you have a valid license).
  3. Sky Blue Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    I switched off Gatekeeper day 1 and have never had an issue.

    Are you sure you didn't download a dodgy/corrupt file?
  4. mattcube64 thread starter macrumors 65816


    May 21, 2006
    Unfortunately, the right-click trick isn't doing me any favors. It's not a huge deal by any means. I'll certainly survive. But it just feels a little like a MS-esque solution - lock it down and manually make me go through hoops to make something that used to work, work. If it were working for me, I'd not care - it's just when it gives you issues it's a hassle. Looking online, it seems like at least a few other people have run into similar issues.

    And yeah, I typically agree with avoiding torrents. But for a (normally quick) image grab, it can be handy.

    I suppose it could be corrupt - but it specifically states in the help message that it's a Gatekeeper issue (certificate/authorization has expired).

    Arg. Tis life; could be worse. I'm downloading the trial off of Adobe's site now - should hopefully be good to go by the morning.

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