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  ColdFusion MX on Mac OS X, Part 3
Subject:   Server running, but not recognizing new directory
Date:   2002-12-31 06:36:43
From:   dicklacara
Response to: Server running, but not recognizing new directory

Gnutar always gives those messages, so there was nothing you did wrong -- the install was OK.

In a Terminal window, navigate to wwwroot:

cd /opt/coldfusionmx/wwwroot

Then list the contents of wwwroot:

ls -l

You should see a listing similar to the one below (the directory I created is mycfmxapps:

drwxrwxrwx   10 cfmx  wheel   340 Dec 12 10:05 CFIDE
drwxrw-rw- 21 cfmx wheel 714 Dec 2 04:34 WEB-INF
drwxrwxrwx 25 cfmx wheel 850 Jul 22 11:13 cfdocs
drwxrwxrwx 127 cfmx wheel 4318 Dec 6 06:19 mycfmxapps
If you created your directory properly, you should see it listed with the proper permissions in the first column: d indicates a directory. Followed by three sets of permissions, rwx (read, write, execute) for the Owner, Group and All Users.

If this looks OK, with your browser navigate to:

You should see a list similar to:

Index of /
.DS_Store 6148 12/14/02 12:00 PM
CFIDE/ dir 12/12/02 10:05 AM
cfdocs/ dir 07/22/02 11:13 AM
mycfmxapps/ dir 12/06/02 06:19 AM
And, you should be able to see your the contents of your directory by navigating the browser to:



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  • Server running, but not recognizing new directory
    2002-12-31 15:38:56  swankboy [View]

    I'm noticing two differences:

    One, when I go to list the directory in terminal this is what I get:

    drwxr-xr-x 10 swankboy bin 340 Dec 29 17:18 CFIDE
    drwx------ 19 swankboy bin 646 Dec 30 03:47 WEB-INF
    drwxr-xr-x 25 swankboy bin 850 Dec 29 19:24 cfdocs

    ...even though I have a mysfmxapps folder in the Finder window in the wwwroot directory. Also I notice that the permissions are considerably different than what you listed.

    When I go to the address in my browser I see:

    Index of /

    CFIDE/ dir 12/29/02 05:18 PM
    cfdocs/ dir 12/29/02 07:24 PM

    No .DS_Store file or mycfmxapps/ folder displaying...

    Currently I'm installing cfmx under Linux 7.2 to redo everything (I got the iso's off the redhat site). I figured I'd do it this time _exactly_ as you described. Thanks for the great directions, I'll really be happy when this is functioning perfectly.

    I run Apache server on my OS X machine, is there a reason you didn't install under Apache? I'm just curious. I doubt it will work as per your instructions to do so, so I did it to install it's own standalone as you instructed. Thanks again.



    Okay, I just got done installing CFMX in Linux 7.2 and moving the cfmxinst.bin file over to OS X. When I run gnutar now it doesn't even expand at all. The files all scroll and it looks like it's doing something, but the files are nowhere to be found. I once manually expanded the .bin file using Aladdin Expander and moved it to my home directory, but when I created the coldfusionosx file with bbedit and saved it I couldn't see this file in terminal. i don't know what is going on. I ran Norton's and Disk Utility to make sure nothing is wrong with my disk, but everything appears fine. Help is much appreciated.
    • Server running, but not recognizing new directory
      2003-01-01 06:50:28  dicklacara [View]

      Ahh, you must be using Jaguar.

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

      If you followed instructions, the cfmxinst.bin file does get expanded into the /opt directory/

      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.