Alarming entries in System Log on a MacOS 10.8.5 system

Ryan Schmidt ryandesign at
Sat Oct 19 23:42:21 PDT 2013

On Oct 20, 2013, at 00:48, Kok-Yong Tan <ktan at> wrote:

> I'm seeing a lot of entries like this after a "sudo port -v upgrade outdated" on a MacOS 10.8.5 system with Xcode 5 (build 5A1413):
> 01:38:40 sandboxd: ([6445]) xcodebuild(6445) deny file-write-create /opt/local/var/macports/home/Library/Preferences/
> Should I be worried?

I'm not concerned. xcodebuild (part of Xcode) wanted to write to a preferences file, and MacPorts prevented this from happening. MacPorts uses a sandbox to ensure that ports cannot write to locations on your system that they're not supposed to write to, and this not one of the approved locations.

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