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Every time I try to install any software on my Mac, it comes up with an error. I have scoured the net and have followed advice which includes checking if there's enough space (which I have), checking if my user has authorisation (which I have), checking if my internet connection is strong and stable (which it is). I have attached a screenshot of the problem, and it's so frustrating as I have the python 3.8.5 and have tried to brew install the latest Python 3.10 via the terminal, but it wouldn't update it for some reason when i type python --version

This also happens when I try to install other types of software too and it's honestly so frustrating!

I would appreciate all the help and assistance I can get.


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    What is the error? When you say "Any software", do you mean Mac App Store? Installer Packages? Or is it just brew? What OS version are you on? What happens if you use the command python3 instead of python?
    – benwiggy
    May 10 at 10:07
  • Screenshot missing - if you can't post to here put it somewhere public like imgur, post the link here & a higher-rep user can inline it for you.
    – Tetsujin
    May 10 at 10:07
  • Have attached the error! Any software as in anything I try installing from the net. I am on the latest OS version. If i use the python3 to find the version it says 3.8.5 and when i try python it just says: (zsh: command not found: python3.4) -@benwiggy
    – Vieldside
    May 10 at 10:19
  • Is your Mac managed by your organisation/school/employer? Can you install applications from the Mac App Store?
    – nohillside
    May 10 at 11:40
  • Hey @nohillside, i own it outright. It's not managed by any organisation/school/employer. That being said it does have an eduroam profile that we at uni have to use to access wifi.
    – Vieldside
    May 10 at 12:23

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Your question isn't answerable with the data you provided, but here is how to find out what's happening - and maybe we can help you remotely if you can't see the issue once you get at the logs for the install.

To get more information on the problem, try the following:

  1. Open the Console app.
  2. Click on "Start streaming", or the start button at the top.
  3. Run the installer.
  4. In Console, press Pause.
  5. Search for 'install', and see if anything useful pops up with a time stamp that corresponds to the installation action.

Post the results in this question or ask a follow up as you wish.


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