1. Dain Kaplan
  2. LionScrollbars
  3. Issues
Issue #9 new

SIMBL plugin installation/uninstallation doesn't work due to insufficient permission

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I'm not sure if this is a Mountain Lion issue, or if I'm just unlucky, but the main plugin installation slider in the Appearance tab of Lion Scrollbars doesn't work.

If I click it, it properly asks me "Install plugin? This will enable the SIMBL-based scroller plugin; running applications will not be affected until they are restarted." If I click "Install" the slider goes right back to Off with no explanation and the plugin is not installed. The console log has the answer:

2012-08-04 3:25:56.380 PM LionScrollbars[47731]: Copying: /Applications/LionScrollbars.app/Contents/Resources/LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle To: /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins 2012-08-04 3:25:56.381 PM LionScrollbars[47731]: Cannot make directory /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle: Permission denied 2012-08-04 3:25:56.381 PM LionScrollbars[47731]: “LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle” couldn’t be copied because you don’t have permission to access “Plugins”.

If I manually copy /Applications/LionScrollbars.app/Contents/Resources/LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle to /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle in the Finder, the Finder asks me for my administrator password, and then the plugin is then installed and seems to work.

If I then re-open Lion Scrollbars.app it shows the slider in the On position. If I click it, it asks "Uninstall plugin? This will disable the SIMBL-based scroller plugin; the plugin will continue to function in running applications until they are restarted." But clicking "Uninstall" does nothing but log the following to the console:

2012-08-04 3:22:47.801 PM LionScrollbars[47731]: Removing: /Library/Application Support/SIMBL/Plugins/LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle 2012-08-04 3:22:47.803 PM LionScrollbars[47731]: “LionScrollbarsSIMBLBundle.bundle” couldn’t be removed because you don’t have permission to access it.

Comments (1)

  1. Dain Kaplan repo owner

    Thank you for the details. Likely 10.8 has added security over 10.7 that prevents the program from reading/writing to /Library/ (wasn't an issue on 10.7 to my knowledge). Sorry to disappoint, but I won't be able to test until I upgrade myself. If it's fixable I will post a new version and update this issue at that time.

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