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  ColdFusion MX on Mac OS X, Part 3
Subject:   root accessed...trouble launching script
Date:   2002-10-02 13:14:08
From:   dicklacara
Response to: root accessed...trouble launching script

Ahh, you must be using Jaguar.

This was reported in a prior post & a resolution was also posted.'

For some reason, Jaguar wants /opt to be invisible.

Here's how to make it visible (from the previous post).

Upgrading to Jaguar causes the /opt folder to be invisible to the Finder -- It is still intact, you just can't see it from the desktop.

To make it visible again, do the following:

Open a Terminal window.

Assume the root ID by entering:

su root

Enter your (Mac OS X) Administrative password when asked

Change to the root file level:

cd /

Edit the .hidden file with pico by entering (note the dot before the file name):

pico .hidden

with the arrows, navigate down and delete the line containing:


save the updated file by entering:


followed by:


Exit pico by entering:


Reassume the cfmx user ID by entering:

su cfmx

From the Apple menu select Force Quit... (or press Command+Option+Escape).

Select the Finder and click Relaunch

When the finder is relaunched, you should see the opt folder on Macintosh HD, just as it was before installing Jaguar.


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  • root accessed...trouble launching script
    2002-10-03 04:15:22  edgedesign [View]

    FINALLY!...Everything worked perfectly.

    The visible CF files that I somehow installed into the CFMX directory really threw me off for a while.

    Lessons learned:

    1) 'root' control/password may need to be enabled by some people before expanding the 'cfmxinst.bin' file (installing CFMX into OS X). I found instructions via Sherlock >> Apple Care.

    2) Jaguar users will need to make the 'opt' file visible in order to save the 'coldfusionosx' script file to the 'bin' directory.

    3) Terminal does not display any characters (bullets, asterics, etc.) as you type in passwords.

    Dick, thanks so much for sticking with me and all of your help.
    • root accessed...trouble launching script
      2002-10-03 04:30:55  dicklacara [View]

      Welcome to the growing number of Mac CFMX developers.

      We both learned a bit more that we originally planned!