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Re: Old Mac OS X

From: Donny Viszneki <smirk@thebuicksix.com>
Date: Thu, 17 Mar 2005 22:09:18 -0500
Message-Id: <3ef520282bd19b16213493eaffbf0e08@thebuicksix.com>
Cc: www-validator@w3.org
To: olivier Thereaux <ot@w3.org>

On Mar 17, 2005, at 4:48 AM, olivier Thereaux wrote:

> Hi Donny,
> On Mar 17, 2005, at 15:40, Donny Viszneki wrote:
>> Who remembers this one?
>> http://lists.w3.org/Archives/Public/www-validator/2005Jan/0036.html
>> ...
>> On Mac OS X, IO::File->new_tmpfile() tries to create a file in /tmp. 
>> /tmp is owned by the administrator, and grouped under staff. The 
>> permissions set /tmp only writable to the owner.
> This is odd. On unix and unix-like systems, such as Mac OS X, the /tmp 
> directory is specifically made to be writable by all users, so that 
> the programs they run can write temporary data.

Yeah, Mac OS X has really got me into a "don't ask" mode of computing. 
I'm never very satisfied with the way they do things a lot of the time. 
I have no idea why /tmp isn't world-writable, or why I've never had a 
problem with it... well now that I think about it, I am the owner, that 
might explain it. And technically, I am having a problem with the 

> You may want to use OS X's "disk utility" to "check (and repair) 
> permissions".

Ok, I ran that. As to be expected, it didn't like any of the 
permissions of anything installed by Hewlett Packard. Unfortunately it 
didn't seem to see anything wrong with my /tmp.

Thanks for the advice.
Received on Friday, 18 March 2005 03:28:47 UTC

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