install-sh - permission denied

Matthew Seaman m.seaman at
Tue Oct 20 17:31:57 UTC 2009

Paul Schmehl wrote:
> I'm working on a new port, and I'm getting this error during make install:
> test -z "/usr/local/bin" || .././install-sh -c -d "/usr/local/bin"
> .././install-sh: Permission denied
> Can anyone tell me why I'm getting this?
> My system is 7.2 STABLE
> 7.2-STABLE FreeBSD 7.2-STABLE #13: Thu Sep 24 09:02:53 CDT 2009
> Ports are csuped daily.

At a guess, it's because you don't have sufficient permissions to run
.././install-sh with the arguments shown.  Now, one fairly obvious reason
why this wouldn't work is that .././install-sh isn't marked executable for
your UID.  Judging by the file name, this is a shell script, so also check
that your UID has sufficient permissions to run the shell on the #! line
of the script too.

I can't really tell just by looking at the command names, but I'm guessing
that this command creates /usr/local/bin as a directory if it doesn't already
exist.  Basically an obscurantist and over-engineered way of running a simple:

   # mkdir -p /usr/local/bin

This is entirely unnecessary when dealing with the ports.  You may take it
as read that the basic layout of directories under /usr/local will have been
created for you by using mtree(8) and /etc/mtree/BSD.local.dist



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