Brew Permissions Error

I recently installed Homebrew on my MacBook and immediately hit permissions issues (I’m running Catalina v 10.15.2 (19C57) and it seems permissions are an issue for many apps).

Trying to install wget gave this error.

Last login: Wed Nov 20 08:55:40 on ttys000
bob@Bobs-MacBook-Pro ~ % wget https://creativedata.stream
zsh: command not found: wget
bob@Bobs-MacBook-Pro ~ % brew install wget
warning: unable to access '/Users/bob/.config/git/attributes': Permission denied
warning: unable to access '/Users/bob/.config/git/attributes': Permission denied
warning: unable to access '/Users/bob/.config/git/attributes': Permission denied

If you look at the permissions on the .config folder you immediately see the problem.

bob@Bobs-MacBook-Pro ~ % ls -la|grep .config
total 72
drwx------ 3 root staff 96 Nov 3 19:44 .config

By default it’s owned by root and my user has no permissions set. The fix is simple, change the owner to your user and give 744 permissions (must be run as sudo). Problem solved 😎

bob@Bobs-MacBook-Pro ~ % sudo chown -R bob:staff .config
Password:
bob@Bobs-MacBook-Pro ~ % sudo chmod -R 744 .config

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