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Installation under Standard user

DoppioJP edited this page Aug 4, 2011 · 2 revisions

If you like to develop on your Mac as a Standard user (i.e. johny), without Administrator privileges, installing pow might be a bit tricky, but possible as I just proved myself.


johny$ - commands run in Terminal when logged in as johny a.k.a. Standard user

admin$ - commands run when logged in as admin

1. Install pow with your admin hat on

You should have on your Mac OS X an account with Administrator privileges, even if on a daily basis you use your Standard account for development. Let's say the Administrator's account on your Mac has short name admin.

Login as an admin in Terminal.

johny$ login admin

Follow Installation instructions.

Copy the Launch Agent cx.pow.powd.plist into johny's Library and change owner of that file so johny would be able to use it. That .plist file points to the place where pow is /usr/local/lib/node_modules/pow/bin/pow, so it is using an absolute path.

admin$ sudo cp ~/Library/LaunchAgents/cx.pow.powd.plist /Users/johny/Library/LaunchAgents/
admin$ sudo chown johny /Users/johny/Library/LaunchAgents/cx.pow.powd.plist

Stop pow server

admin$ npm --global run-script pow stop

2. Start pow under Standard account

Let's use johny user name as the one with Standard privileges. Let's start pow server under johny and see what config.json will show. That script is using /Users/johny/Library/LaunchAgents/cx.pow.powd.plist to start pow server.

johny$ npm --global run-script pow start
johny$ curl -H host:pow localhost/config.json

the result should be something like this (it will display without break lines in your Terminal, but I formatted it for a clearer view):

  "hostRoot":"/Users/johny/Library/Application Support/Pow/Hosts",

In the above values under hostRoot, logRoot and rvmPath you should see paths to johny's directories. If it shows admin path there it means that pow is still running under admin. You would need in such case log back in as admin and stop pow server there (see above).

According to the Configuration doc pow is looking for the Rack applications in /Users/johny/Library/Application Support/Pow/Hosts. So we need to create such directory with all subdirectories on the way and symlink it as ~/.pow:

johny$ mkdir -p /Users/johny/Library/Application Support/Pow/Hosts
johny$ ln -s /Users/johny/Library/Application Support/Pow/Hosts ~/.pow

Now you can link your Rack apps in ~/.pow/ as it is shown on that screencast and run them under .dev domain from your Standard user, i.e. for johny's blog application:

johny$ ln -s ~/Documents/code/blog ~/.pow/

You should be able to run that application under