I didn't run brew doctor since a lot of time. Know it tell me I should run brew link osxfuse. Here I show you the rest:

Newton:~$ brew link --overwrite osxfuse Warning: Could not link osxfuse. Unlinking... Linking /usr/local/Cellar/osxfuse/2.6.2... Error: Permission denied - /usr/local/include/osxfuse/fuse.h

When I run it with sudo, it says it is better that I shouldn't do it. So I didn't try. Here is the permission.

Newton:~$ ls -l /usr/local/include/osxfuse/fuse.h -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 246 17 Dez 2011 /usr/local/include/osxfuse/fuse.h

What can I do?

  • ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/go/install) This code will install homebrew / R. Mar 6, 2014 at 22:19
  • Homebrew is definitly installed.
    – elzaphod
    Mar 7, 2014 at 9:21

2 Answers 2


It seems to work if you change the permissions of the parent directory /usr/local/include/osxfuse

You need to ensure that your user has write permissions to this directory and all of it's files. This should work:

sudo chown USERNAME /usr/local/include/osxfuse
sudo chgrp GROUPNAME /usr/local/include/osxfuse
sudo chmod o+w /usr/local/include/osxfuse
  • How do the permissions need to be changed?
    – nohillside
    Mar 11, 2014 at 12:59
  • Hopefully that change clarifies things. Mar 12, 2014 at 14:29
  • It works, but now truecrypt begins to strike. But if we can believe the latest news about truecrypt...
    – elzaphod
    May 30, 2014 at 17:37

This question is only relevant to OSX versions before Yosemite. If you have Yosemite or a newer version of OSX, it is not possible to build the OSXFUSE formula from the source. Brew suggests that you install the binary offered by Homebrew Cask:

brew install Caskroom/cask/osxfuse
  • and also brew uninstall --force osxfuse to remove older version of osxfuse
    – Antony
    Oct 20, 2015 at 2:31

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