[tex-live] TeX Live - Quick Install on Solaris -> Permission denied errors

Andrew Smith ajs_rdg at yahoo.co.uk
Fri Jan 25 15:46:01 CET 2008

Thanks for that quick and helpful answer. 
  The file permissions issue seems even stranger if nobody else has encountered it. 
  My umask setting was 77, which I don't think is unusual; in any case, I don't see how it could cause some directories to lose x permisison (texmf, texmf-local, texmf-var), while leaving their sister directories with the correct permissions (bin, texmf-dist, texmf-doc). 
  If it does happen, however, one is still left to make surmises about what the correct permissions are supposed to be.
  Though I haven't installed anything much on Unix for quite a long time, this TeX Live installation now has been a pretty painless experience - so thanks go to all the people who've contributed to making it that way.
  ----- Original Message -----   From: "Karl Berry" <karl at freefriends.org>
  To: <ajs_rdg at yahoo.co.uk>
  Cc: <tex-live at tug.org>
  Sent: Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:06 PM
  Subject: Re: [tex-live] TeX Live - Quick Install on Solaris -> Permission deniederrors


  > Andrew,
> Thanks for taking the time to write.
>    drwxr--r--  19 tex      tex         4096 Jan 22 12:42 texmf
> I can't say why the directories ended up lacking the x bit.  They aren't
> that way in the original.  Maybe you had an unusual umask setting?
>      texmf-var was rw for everyone - surely that can't be right? 
> The system texmf-var is used rather like /tmp for TeX, so, yes -- the
> idea being that any user on the system might end up running something
> that causes a font (or whatever) to be autogenerated.
> There is an option to make it append-only, like /tmp typically is these days.
>  % chmod -R go=u-w 2007
>  That seems to have fixed it, and I hope it was correct, 
> As long as you are the only user, seems plausible to me.  You're going
> to have to do something to add the x bit on the directories.
>  if not, shouldn't the documentation cover it?
> This is the first time I recall this problem being reported.
> Best,
> Karl

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