Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2010 1:22 PM (in response to iGreenie)
I had to restore my Mac today from a Time Machine backup. Everything went swimmingly, except for now I can't seem to unzip files using Archive Utility.app. In any folder under the root path / on Macintosh HD I get following error:
Error identifying a writable temporary folder. Try moving the archive to another volume.
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Launch the Terminal utility, then type this command:
ls -l /
(The letters "l" are lower-case letters "L".)
What do you see for private and tmp? On my system they look like this:
drwxr-xr-x@ 6 root wheel 204 May 17 14:50 private
lrwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 11 May 17 14:37 tmp -> private/tmp
If the values before the "@" signs and the two words between the numbers don't match, that might explain your problem.MacBook 2.0 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
Currently Being ModeratedOct 27, 2010 11:11 AM (in response to iGreenie)I just had this issue & got around it by going in to the terminal, use the MV command to rename /private/tmp folder to tmp.old
Create a new tmp & then give EVERYONE read/write access to this folder. This fixed my issue. I will do a permissions repair later & see if the problem comes back.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 25, 2010 8:56 AM (in response to Dj Lien)Im having the same issue, does anyone know if the above fix works on a perm basis?
And does anyone know why this problem occurs?
Its just cropped up in my user environment and i cant work it out....Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
Currently Being ModeratedDec 29, 2010 7:43 AM (in response to JWT London)adding admin group with recursive read and write access to '/private/var/folders' via folder information fixed this for my admin user.Other OS
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 25, 2011 11:06 AM (in response to iGreenie)cd /var/folders
sudo rm -rf *
... worked for me.Several, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedJul 2, 2011 8:50 AM (in response to mmaly)
sudo rm -rf *
This solved my issue.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 6, 2011 7:08 PM (in response to mmaly)
Thank you, this worked for me, too.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2011 1:44 PM (in response to tompuserve)
"adding admin group with recursive read and write access to '/private/var/folders' via folder information fixed this for my admin user."
How do you do this? And sorry but I am trying to figure out what directory '/private/var/folders' points to on the HD. I am a novice... but I am thirsty to learn.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 8:48 AM (in response to mmaly)
Thanks! This fixed my problem instantly
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2012 11:49 PM (in response to mmaly)
@mmaly, This also fixed my problem. Thanks
Currently Being ModeratedDec 13, 2012 4:11 PM (in response to mmaly)
A better and safer syntax is the single command: sudo rm -rf /var/folders/* since if the first line above does not succeed, or is entered in a separate terminal session, the second command will remain pointed at the top level of your home folder by default, effectively telling the computer to ERASE ALL CONTENTS of "~/" your account's home folder. In that event, all personal content - desktop files, downloads, documents, local email storage, music, movies, favorite bookmarks, and so on - will be immediately deleted!
Caution is also recommended, since /var/folders is temporary storage for a lot of applications. At minimum quit any other open applications and be prepared to restart.
Naturally any command involking "sudo" will only run within an administrative account. If you don't have an admin account, if the computer is not your personal property, if the computer returns an error when invoking "sudo" or if you simply have doubts or questions about what each element of these commands does, well that's simply nature's way of saying "call IT."
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 12, 2014 11:09 AM (in response to mmaly)
This just instantly worked for me. THANKS!
MBP Retina 10.7.5