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#1 David Hamilton

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 12:06 PM

I just did a clean install of Leopard on my MacBook. Rather than re-installing my (many!) Accordance discs, I followed the earlier instructions and copied the Accordance Folder into Applications, and the Accordance Permissions folder into user/Library/Permissions. (Actually this was already there from the User Files Migration).

I then installed the latest version of Accordance for fonts etc.

Now when I start the program I keep getting the error "The file General cannot be modified because write permission has been denied." I get the same error for "Startup Session" and "General" again when I try to close Accordance.

I've gone into Get Info and ensured that ALL files in the Accordance folder have read/write permissions for myself, but to no avail.

As they looked like preference files and startup sessions, I tried deleting them to see if they would be re-created okay, but that didn't work either. It was re-created, but still has the wrong permissions!

Any ideas?
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 01:38 PM

Have you tried repairing the permissions with the disk utility?

Edited by Helen Brown, 07 December 2007 - 04:38 PM.


#3 David Hamilton

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:28 PM

Have you tried repairing the permissions with the disk utility?


Sure have. Still no luck. Even if I delete the file "General" and Accordance recreates it when I start it, I still get the same error with the new file.

David

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:32 PM

Is your Accordance folder in the root level or in /Applications?
Try quitting and moving the folder.
If your current user does not have administrator privileges, this can cause the problem.

I'm so glad I went to the trouble of doing a disk wipe and clean install for Leopard.

#5 David Hamilton

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:53 PM

Is your Accordance folder in the root level or in /Applications?
Try quitting and moving the folder.
If your current user does not have administrator privileges, this can cause the problem.

I'm so glad I went to the trouble of doing a disk wipe and clean install for Leopard.


I did do a wipe and clean install as well. My user has admin privileges. I've tried recopying over the folder many times. I think I may be at the point of having to do a reinstall from the original disks. (ugh - I have about 10 of them, with all associated codes, etc.)

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Posted 07 December 2007 - 02:53 PM

Two questions:

1. Did you actually copy the Preferences folder over the migrated copy in ~/Library/Preferences? If so, the folder itself may have incorrect access control list (ACL) information on it, resulting in the file errors you're seeing. In either case, I would remove the entire folder ~/Library/Preferences/Accordance Preferences, not just the individual files inside, and run Accordance again to recreate the folder and the default preferences.

Can you tell me what this command, typed in the terminal, yields?

ls -led ~/Library/Preferences/Accordance\ Preferences

2. Are you using the exact same username on your clean install of Leopard as previously? (I'm pretty sure this is not relevant, but just in case)
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Posted 07 December 2007 - 03:04 PM

I did do a wipe and clean install as well. My user has admin privileges. I've tried recopying over the folder many times. I...

As Miagi wisely said, "Walk on left side road... safe. Walk on right side road... safe. Walk in middle road... get squished just like a grape."

David,
You did a clean install of the OS, but then tried to migrate your old app and preferences over, hence doing a little bit of clean installing and a little bit of migrating. A clean install means installing apps using their installers in many instances. When you drag a preferences folder and put it in place, the read/write permissions likely won't be set correctly.
Have a look at this Apple article for more info, and then see if you can fix the permissions on the preferences folder correctly using the Get Info dialog. You can also accomplish this with terminal commands. You never said where you put the Accordance folder.

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Posted 15 January 2008 - 05:26 AM

I did the same thing but get a different error message on trying to install the updater:" Accordance quit unexpectedly"


Process: Accordance 7.4.2 Installer [1222]
Path: /Volumes/7.4.2_install/Accordance 7.4.2 Installer
Identifier: com.MindVision.InstallerVISE
Version: 8.5 (Installer VISE 8.5
MindVision Software 1991-2005)
Code Type: PPC (Translated)
Parent Process: launchd [88]

Date/Time: 2008-01-15 05:23:59.347 -0500
OS Version: Mac OS X 10.5.1 (9B18)
Report Version: 6

Exception Type: EXC_CRASH (SIGTRAP)
Exception Codes: 0x0000000000000000, 0x0000000000000000
Crashed Thread: 0

Thread 0 Crashed:
0 ??? 0x801a194a 0 + 2149194058
1 translate 0xb80b6670 0xb8000000 + 747120
2 translate 0xb80b6b77 0xb8000000 + 748407
3 translate 0xb80d4530 0xb8000000 + 869680
4 translate 0xb813d2cf spin_lock_wrapper + 4259

Thread 1:
0 ??? 0x800bb8e6 0 + 2148251878
1 ??? 0x800c30dc 0 + 2148282588
2 translate 0xb818b69a CallPPCFunctionAtAddressInt + 202826
3 ??? 0x800ec075 0 + 2148450421
4 ??? 0x800ebf32 0 + 2148450098

Thread 0 crashed with X86 Thread State (32-bit):
eax: 0x00000000 ebx: 0xb80b67e8 ecx: 0xb7fff9ac edx: 0x801a194a
edi: 0xb8208980 esi: 0x00000005 ebp: 0xb7fff9d8 esp: 0xb7fff9ac
ss: 0x0000001f efl: 0x00000246 eip: 0x801a194a cs: 0x00000007
ds: 0x0000001f es: 0x0000001f fs: 0x00000000 gs: 0x00000037
cr2: 0xffe17f8c

Binary Images:
0xb8000000 - 0xb81d7fe7 translate ??? (???) /usr/libexec/oah/translate

Translated Code Information:
NO CRASH REPORT

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 06:49 AM

I'm having the same problem after reinstalling after a disk crash. Reinstalling does not help, nor does fsck or disk utilities. Permissions look fine in finder and in terminal, but I get that same "no write permissions" error every time.

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Posted 22 February 2008 - 07:00 AM

Have you checked the permissions in the user/Library/Preferences/Accordance Preferences? Those are the files that keep getting written.
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