Can't create license file on OS X

Posted by kevinw on 2006-12-19 12:25
OS: OS X | Product: Licensing | tags: installation license

Why do I get the message "Can't create '/Users/myusername/Library/Application Support/ActiveState/ActiveState.lic"? What can I do about it?


Occasionally when you are installing a new ActiveState license or starting a trial or beta product that installs a temporary license you will get the following message:

Can't create '/Users/myusername/Library/Application Support/ActiveState/ActiveState.lic

This is due to the directory the license is being installed in being owned by another user or not having the appropriate permissions. The easiest way to fix this is from the Terminal, by typing the following two commands:

sudo chown -R myusername /Users/myusername/Library/Application\ Support/ActiveState
chmod 0755 /Users/myusername/Library/Application\ Support/ActiveState

You may have to enter your password after typing the first command. This is normal, and required because you are executing that command as root (which is needed to change the ownership of files not owned by the current user).