|Changing Stata folder permissions to update Stata
|Peter Fuschich, StataCorp
Stata returns cannot write in directory /Applications/Stata/.tmp with the r(603); error code when trying to update Stata on Mac computers:
. update all (contacting http://www.stata.com) cannot write in directory /Applications/Stata/.tmp r(603);
The reason that Stata cannot update is that it does not have the correct permissions. To update Stata, you will need to change the permissions of the files in your Stata folder so that your user account can make changes to the Stata files. To do this, you will need to have administrator access and know your computer’s Administrator password.
To change the permissions of the Stata folder, and the files therein, do the following:
Note: It is very important that you make sure that the Get Info window is for Stata Info and not for any other folder, or you will end up changing permissions for the wrong folder’s files.
If you would like a more in-depth explanation of Mac privileges, visit Apple support.
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