[tex-live] strange changing permissions

Adam R. Maxwell amaxwell at mac.com
Thu Mar 18 15:05:07 CET 2010

On Mar 18, 2010, at 6:27 AM, George N. White III wrote:

> Similar problems arise for MacTeX.  We have some users who
> log in at the console, while others use terminal sessions from
> Windows desktops.  If an admin user does maintenance with
> the MacTeX GUI tools, ownership reverts to root and the
> texlive user has to fix permissions before running command
> line tools.

If the tool in question is TeX Live Utility, I'd like to know how it's causing you problems with permissions.  AFAIK MacTeX isn't relocatable, and will always end up installed as root.  If you change permissions, authorization shouldn't be required if the user running TLU has write permission to `kpsewhich -var-value=SELFAUTOPARENT` (and so permissions wouldn't be reset).


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