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Error message during JAVA update 7 OS 10.5.8 Software

This may not be something this forum can answer but I am getting the following error when attempting to update JAVA on my MacBook (others computers working fine) .


Installer could not create the folder "/private/tmp/JAVAForMacOSX10.5Update7.pkg.3151331d7UI"

Also, I tried to update Excel and got this error:

Installer could not create the folder "/private/tmp/OpenXML_all_fonts.pkg.30490Lf9KAV"

BTW, I recently had to recover this laptop using time machine after installing Norton Internet Securities which then locked out my ability to use Safari.

I couldn't uninstall it so I simply wiped the HD and used a recent time machine backup just prior to installing Norton.

Any clues as to what is happening?

Do I simply need to re-install OSX 10.5 from the disk and then go thru the updates?


Make a time machine back up, wipe the HD and then re-install the OS from the disk, then drag over my user files?

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Repair of permissions did the trick. Thank you Gabe. Never had to try rj713 recommendation.


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Try to repair permissions via Disk Utility, as this seems like a permission issue.

While your at it, try repairing the disk.

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Hi, When I had problems with my 10.5 install Apple had me reload the 10.5.8 combo update. Worked for me. It appeared something did not load correctly when I first loaded the update.

I am including the link for you if you want to try it. ralph

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Try reloading the 10.5.8 combo update.

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StevieB from ABQ will be eternally grateful.
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