I just installed the text wrangler command line tools and they are placed into /usr/local/bin by default. On Lion this directory appears to be a root only directory, and I don't want to have to run the edit command as root.

However if I copy the edit command into /usr/local it won't launch textwrangler. I can see the "edit" process running but text wranger isn't launched.

Is there a trick to getting edit working in /usr/bin? The other command line tools from textwrangler work fine from there.

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Sorry, but /usr/bin is still a root/wheel directory, so it is actually going to be worse to install the textwrangler stuff there.

In any case, in your terminal type

echo $PATH and see if /usr/local/bin is in the path. If /usr/local/bin is in your path all the stuff you install there will NOT need root permissions to be run. If it is not, you can add it as such:

go to /etc/paths.d/

create a text file that you can call localstuff (or whatever)

edit localstuff putting /usr/local/bin in it.


$ ls /etc/paths.d/
50-X11   MacGPG2  TeX      TeXbin   git      julia

$ cat /etc/paths.d/julia 

$ echo $PATH

make sure that your shell is a login shell in whatever terminal you are using, the OSX predicated way of adding stuff to $PATH seems to break if you do not use a login shell.

As I said though, chances are that /usr/local/bin is in your user's $PATH anyway, so no need to worry. I'd also move all the textwrangler files you put in /usr/bin in /usr/local/bin to avoid future problems.

  • You're right it doesn't need admin permissions to run, I guess at some point I might have changed the permissions on /usr/local/bin changing them back fixed the problem.
    – Lee
    May 11, 2012 at 20:21

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