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nydiscussion Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Feb 16, 2013 11:01 AM

I installed text wrangler and am on 10.7.5 not sure which did it but it no longer will save pictures it says it encounters an error I haven't found any info on here that fixes the issue. I've fixed permissions, it's not checked for 32 bit but that made no difference, I threw out preference files, nothing works. thanks.

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2010), Mac OS X (10.7.5), 2.4 ghz intel core duo 4 gb
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 3:06 PM (in response to nydiscussion)

    Please post the complete, verbatim text of the error message.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 16, 2013 8:10 PM (in response to nydiscussion)

    Back up all data.

    This procedure will unlock all your user files (not system files) and reset their ownership and access-control lists to the default. If you've set special values for those attributes on any of your files, they will be reverted. In that case, either stop here, or be prepared to recreate the settings if necessary. Do so only after verifying that those settings didn't cause the problem. If none of this is meaningful to you, you don't need to worry about it.


    Step 1

    If you have more than one user account, and the one in question is not an administrator account, then temporarily promote it to administrator status in the Users & Groups preference pane. To do that, unlock the preference pane using the credentials of an administrator, check the box marked Allow user to administer this computer, then reboot. You can demote the problem account back to standard status when this step has been completed.

    Triple-click the following line to select it. Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C):

    { sudo chflags -R nouchg,nouappnd ~ $TMPDIR.. ; sudo chown -Rh $UID:staff ~ $_ ; sudo chmod -R u+rwX ~ $_ ; chmod -R -N ~ $_ ; } 2> /dev/null

    Launch the Terminal application in any of the following ways:

    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)

    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.

    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Terminal in the icon grid.

    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V). You'll be prompted for your login password, which won't be displayed when you type it. You may get a one-time warning not to screw up. If you don’t have a login password, you’ll need to set one before you can run the command. If you see a message that your username "is not in the sudoers file," then you're not logged in as an administrator.


    The command will take a noticeable amount of time to run. Wait for a new line ending in a dollar sign (“$”) to appear, then quit Terminal.

    Step 2 (optional)


    The first step should give you usable permissions in your home folder. This step will restore special attributes set by OS X on some user folders to protect them from unintended deletion or renaming. You can skip this step if you don't consider that protection to be necessary.

    Boot into Recovery by holding down the key combination command-R at startup. Release the keys when you see a gray screen with a spinning dial.

    When the OS X Utilities screen appears, select

    Utilities Terminal

    from the menu bar. A Terminal window will open.

    In the Terminal window, type this:


    That's one word, all lower case, with no spaces. Then press return. A Reset Password window will open. You’re not  going to reset a password.

    Select your boot volume ("Macintosh HD," unless you gave it a different name) if not already selected.

    Select your username from the menu labeled Select the user account if not already selected.

    Under Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs, click the Reset button.



    from the menu bar.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:52 AM (in response to nydiscussion)

    Triple-click anywhere in the line below to select it:


    ls -@Oaeln P*/Photo\ Booth*


    Copy the selected text to the Clipboard (command-C).


    Paste into the Terminal window (command-V).


    Post any lines of output that appear below what you entered — the text, please, not a screenshot.

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 11:39 AM (in response to nydiscussion)

    oh when I signed out it showed up


    I'm not sure what that means. Signed out of what?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:20 PM (in response to nydiscussion)

    I notice the app came back up without my user name in it...I added it in for read and write priviliges


    Can you explain what that means?

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,955 points)
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    Feb 17, 2013 10:30 PM (in response to nydiscussion)

    If you really ran that last shell command and got no output, then you have major problems. I tend to doubt that's what happened, though. Please post a screenshot of the Terminal window after you entered the command.

    To take a screenshot, press the key combination shift-command-4. The cursor changes to a crosshair. Select the part of the display you want to show, then click. Or, to capture a single window, press the space bar and then click in the window. Be careful not to include any private information. An image file will appear on your Desktop.

    Start a reply to this message. Click the camera icon in the toolbar of the editing window and select the image file to upload it. You can also include text in the reply.

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