OS X: How to install EAGLE as a non-administrator user
October 13, 2011 Leave a comment
The first problem a non administrator user encounters is an installation failure:
Checking the console will reveal a permission problem:
10-08-11 23:15:44 com.apple.installd.user Permission denied
A short problem identified the problem: the package tries to write in the /Applications folder (that requires administrative rights), but the .pkg is not configured to ask for administrator authorisation:
One solution would be to alter the Info.plist file in the package (see the Install package with administrative rights post). After this it is necessary to adjust the ownership of the bin folder in order to write the licence key.
Another solution is to avoid the /Applications folder and choose a user folder, for example $HOME/Applications.
The entire process is fully supported by the Mac OS X package installer, and it is not required to patch any file.
Start the installation process, and when the Destination Select window is displayed, click on the Macintosh HD icon:
Since the EAGLE installer wants to add several sub-folders, it is mandatory to create a new folder for this, otherwise all these sub-folders will reside directly in the Applications folder. For this click on the New Folder:
Proceed with the standard installation until completion. No further customisations are required.