Win a copy of Event Streams in Action this week in the Java in General forum!
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
programming forums Java Mobile Certification Databases Caching Books Engineering Micro Controllers OS Languages Paradigms IDEs Build Tools Frameworks Application Servers Open Source This Site Careers Other all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
Marshals:
  • Campbell Ritchie
  • Devaka Cooray
  • Liutauras Vilda
  • Jeanne Boyarsky
  • Bear Bibeault
Sheriffs:
  • Paul Clapham
  • Knute Snortum
  • Rob Spoor
Saloon Keepers:
  • Tim Moores
  • Ron McLeod
  • Piet Souris
  • Stephan van Hulst
  • Carey Brown
Bartenders:
  • Tim Holloway
  • Frits Walraven
  • Ganesh Patekar

No System Preferences for new admin user

 
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I created a new admin user.
I used the new admin to log in OK.

But when I clicked on System Preferences or the big question mark ? icon:
Nothing happened.

Is this expected or there is something wrong? Thanks.
 
Marshal
Posts: 67275
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
"big question mark icon"? What/where is that?
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It's the same as System Preferences (for now can we forget that question mark ? icon)

I clicked on Apple Icon on left of the screen, then I clicked on System Preferences on the dropdown menu.

And nothing happened.
 
Bear Bibeault
Marshal
Posts: 67275
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

H Paul wrote:It's the same as System Preferences (for now can we forget that question mark ? icon)



No sure that we can. If the dock icon for a program is overlaid with a question mark, it may mean that the program has accidentally been deleted.

Does System Prefs work for other users?
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
1. It works for the Orginal user/admin

2. For the newly created admin, it does not work.
When I first logged in, I saw the big question icon (Sys Prefs). When I hover it, it tips System Prefs.
 
Bartender
Posts: 322
24
Eclipse IDE Firefox Browser
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Using Finder, take a look in the "Applications" folder for "System Preferences.app".

Is the application there?
If yes, can you open it by double clicking in the "Applications" folder?
If yes, but you cannot open it by double clicking in the "Applications" folder, try right+click and select "Get Info". A window should open giving you information about the program. At the bottom of the "Get Info" window under "Sharing & Permissions" does it say you have access?
 
Bear Bibeault
Marshal
Posts: 67275
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yeah, at this point sounds like a permissions problem.
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
1. The original admin:




2. The newly created admin:

 
Chris Barrett
Bartender
Posts: 322
24
Eclipse IDE Firefox Browser
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
So, what happens when you click on the "System Preferences.app" in the "Applications" folder? Does it start?
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Using newadmin:

I clicked on Finder
I clicked on Application folder, it's opened and empty.


Note:
There is an icon Application with big A, I clicked and it's opened. It has many application icons. But did not any Sys Prefs Icon.
 
Bear Bibeault
Marshal
Posts: 67275
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
It is impossible for the /Applications folder to be empty for one user but not another. Are you looking at the user's ~/Applications folder?
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Is below what you're refering to?

newadmin:

apples-iMac:Applications elephant$ pwd
/Users/elephant/Applications
apples-iMac:Applications elephant$ ls -ltr
apples-iMac:Applications elephant$

for Original admin as well.
 
Bear Bibeault
Marshal
Posts: 67275
170
Mac Mac OS X IntelliJ IDE jQuery Java
  • Likes 1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
You should be looking in /Applications, not the user's ~/Applications folder (in other words, not under /Users).
 
H Paul
Ranch Hand
Posts: 491
5
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator

God save the Queen!




With your help and a bit of luck from below fix url

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1178447

See post
Sep 26, 2012, 11:38 PM

by simsaladimbamba



It's a link that allow me to down a System Preferences a zip file.

I opened it and it worked.

1. So I double checked and found it.

apples-iMac:Applications elephant$ pwd
/Applications
apples-iMac:Applications elephant$ ls -ltr | grep System
drwxrwxr-x 3 elephant staff 102 Aug 31 2012 System Preferences.app
apples-iMac:Applications elephant$


2. Before downloading the fix URL, I did not see the System Preferences.app
 
  • Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
Boost this thread!