Leopard fixes

28 Oct

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is great, but as any other OS, it has it’s growing pains.

Here’s issues I encountered with it:

1. MailActOn doesn’t work with new
UPDATE: The Leopard install has been released. Works great.

2. When starting I got this error message:

You are not authorized to run this application. The administrator has set your shell to an illegal value.”

I downloaded iTerm from and issued a command:

sudo chsh -s /bin/bash my_username

That fixed it.


Posted by on October 28, 2007 in Mac OS, Uncategorized


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4 responses to “Leopard fixes

  1. Hatem Nassrat

    April 11, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    I am using tiger, an I found this problem. I am an iTerm user, but I found its annoyingly slow with their latest update, its eating up all my CPU !!!.

    Anyways, I found that will not run and will give the anoying:

    “The administrator has set your shell to an illegal value”

    Message if the shell is set to anything other than /bin/bash. Since I installed bash 3.2 using fink, I was using /usr/bin/bash (which is a symlink to /sw/bin/bash). So what I did to fix this was (of course using iterm, since term doesnt open).

    sudo mv /bin/bash{,.old}
    sudo ln -s /usr/bin/bash /bin/bash

    Then I went into “NetInfo Manager” and changed my shell back to “/bin/bash”, and everything is cool again.

    I am not sure when this issue started apparing, since I was using iTerm, but I am suspecting this was brooken in some Apple updae of some sort.

  2. Tim Moses (@timmoses)

    September 27, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    Thanks! I also got the “You are not authorized to run this application” error for Terminal, but in Lion. I downloaded iTerm and ran the command you suggested and that fixed it.

  3. Bmeister1996

    October 9, 2011 at 4:01 pm

    This didn’t work for me… I used iTerm and pasted the command into it and it first said “I have no name!$” then it simply didn’t work… suggestions?

    • Tim Moses (@timmoses)

      October 14, 2011 at 3:08 pm

      I just updated to 10.7.2 and ran into the problem you mentioned. I repaired disk permissions in Disk Utility and now I can log into Terminal. At the same time, I was converting from MobileMe to iCloud. I doubt that would have any effect, but you never know.


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