Thursday, November 23, 2006

installing flash on mac book pro

I was constantly annoyed by firefox 2.0 hanging on my otherwise sweet mac book pro. Apparently I wasn't the only one having this problem. I finally bit the bullet and uninstalled the whole thing, which involved dragging the application itself and ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox to trash, and started over. And all was well. I haven't had any hangs so far, even after installing a gazillion extensions.

Then I found out somehow the flash plugin was missing. Thankfully Adobe has a Universal Binary for Intel-based Macs for their flash installer, so I downloaded it and tried to run it, but before the install finishes I kept getting a message saying "error creating file", permission denied blah blah blah. Googling for the error message didn't come up with a solution, but permission problem seems a common thread on their feedback page.

Frustrated, I finally tried these:
  1. Open up your good 'ol terminal window (I use iTerm by the way);
  2. cd "/Volumes/Adobe Flash Player 9/Install Flash Player 9 UB/Contents/MacOS"
  3. sudo "./Install Flash Player 9 UB"
And voila, it worked!
Why can't Adobe put this on their FAQ page? Or better yet, fix that stupid installer?!


Blogger Adrian said...

I tried exactly what you described above, but when I typed

sudo "./Install Flash Player 9 UB"

and entered my password, it said "Segmentation fault." What does that mean, how do I fix it, and why me?

5:30 PM  
Blogger Adrian said...

Well...not like this should make any difference, but when I followed the directions to the letter, leaving the installer file in the original dmg, and navigating to the worked fine. Who knows why it wouldn't work when I had the installer on my desktop? No, really...who knows? I'd like a reason.

Thank you for your help, by the way. You're the third version of the fix I read...but yours fixed it, even though it was identical to the other ideas. Hmm. Fate?

5:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, i snooped around to fix this stupid Flash Player 9 issue, and i found your blog.. on it's light, i did do the Sudo to install the flash player, it gave me a "segmentation error" too..

I GOOGLED alot for a couple of days trying to fix this, and here's the result.. FINALLY..

Taken from:

Solution for error "Creating file: 1008:5, -5000 Access Denied Error":

Note: The following example uses the FireFox browser application path.

1. Open the Terminal application (in the Applications > Utilities folder) and type the following text:
sudo chmod 777/Applications/
2. Enter the password for the ROOT user.
3. Reinstall Flash Player 9.

It may be necessary to run sudo chmod on each browser application path for which you'd like to install Flash Player.

5:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I want to thank you for the information on how to do this. Being relatively new to OS X and limited Linux exposure, the Flash install issue was driving me nuts. Cut and pasted the commands, changed the "" on the sudo line to '' and it worked like a dream. Thanks again.

9:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I tires and it says
Username:~ admin$ cd "/Volumes/Adobe Flash Player 9/Install Flash Player 9 UB/Contents/MacOS"
-bash: cd: /Volumes/Adobe Flash Player 9/Install Flash Player 9 UB/Contents/MacOS: No such file or directory

Noe of these work for me i tried (i mounted int install dmg
sudo chmod 777/Applications/
it says

usage: chmod [-fv] [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-a | +a | =a [i][# [ n]]] mode|entry file ...
Username:~ admin$

what does that mean ( i do have firefox also)

7:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you say do these steps please tell me what to type and how as i do not understand the terminal if i have to type some thing prior to this then please say in tutorial

your comands do not work for me i dont kow how to install flash 9 i ned it for work i have read two or three site with tihs example of how but it says no such directory

7:14 AM  
Blogger Rong said...

Hmm, this was written for I just tried installing Looks like they've fixed the installer.

10:54 AM  
Blogger nuc said...

thank you so much mister.. .:)

7:14 AM  
Blogger João said...

The same problem has appened to me. I have Thunderbird installed and it was the source of my problem.
The solution, besides what was written on the support documentation at the adobe site was to do the the same at folder:
sudo chmod 775 /Applications/
at the beginning of the install, and:
sudo chmod 755 /Applications/
at the end

9:29 AM  
Blogger Lonnie said...

I've got the same problem with using the cd and sudo commands but I got a "No such file or directory" msg for the CD command and "usage: chmod [-fv] [-R [-H | -L | -P]] [-a | +a | =a [i][# [ n]]] mode|entry file ..." msg for the SUDO command. What gives, why won't anything work? I would LOVE to be able to edit the permissions for Firefox and Thunderbird but I can't, the commands never work...! ARGH!

3:19 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

The installation file has not been fixed, and the related help page from Adobe was down.

I tried changing all of the permissions for firefox 2.0, but still didn't work.

I finally got it to install by following the steps above in the original post with one slight change. I had to add ".app" in step #2 so that it read:
cd "/Volumes/Adobe Flash Player 9/Install Flash Player 9"

9:53 AM  
Anonymous n36 said...

I tried moving firefox out of the applications folder, installing Flash player, then I put it back in applications folder and reinstall FP9 and it worked :)

From adobe, this may work for some people:

9:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi guys!

Just wanted to thank all of u who made this work for me.

i moved out of the Application folder and typed following into iTerm:

cd "/Volumes/Adobe Flash Player 9/Install Flash Player 9"

sudo "./Install Flash Player 9 UB"

and it worked!

thx again=D

1:10 AM  

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