Permission issues with multiple users #9333

arobinson opened this Issue Dec 30, 2011 · 2 comments


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If I use homebrew with one user, it works fine, but the permission setup with this tool simple does not work with multiple users it seems. I have two users, andrew and anrobins. The former is my "home" user and the latter my "work" user. I have installed some "brews" under each user. "brew update" and other brew commands that operate under different users fail. For example:

brew rm pkg-config && brew install pkg-config Uninstalling /usr/local/Cellar/pkg-config/0.25... Error: Operation not permitted - /usr/local/Cellar/pkg-config/0.25

This is what happened when I used brew with anrobins when pkg-config was installed as andrew:

ll -d /usr/local/Cellar/pkg-config/0.25 drwxrwxr-x 8 andrew admin 272B Nov 9 10:29 /usr/local/Cellar/pkg-config/0.25

Since brew is setup to run as a non-root user, I would think it should properly setup installed files under a "homebrew" group that would allow other users to install/modify the files or at least request root access to chown the groups as necessary.


See #7430 for some previous discussion along these lines.


Closing, discussion should continue on #7430.

@jacknagel jacknagel closed this Jan 29, 2012
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