Standalone Permissions

The Terraspace standalone installer will make sure that the owner and permissions of the /opt/terraspace folder is your user.

If the /opt/terraspace folder is not owned by your user for whatever reason, here are the commands to change it:

For macosx:

sudo chown -R `whoami`:staff /opt/terraspace

For other Linux OSes, this is generally:

sudo chown -R `whoami`:`whoami` /opt/terraspace


When the /opt/terraspace folder is not owned by your user, you won’t be able to write to it without sudo. This results in a sudo prompt when terraspace calls bundle and tries to install new gems. You will see this:

=> Installing dependencies with: bundle install
Following files may not be writable, so sudo is needed:

Your user account isn't allowed to install to the system RubyGems.
  You can cancel this installation and run:

      bundle install --path vendor/bundle

  to install the gems into ./vendor/bundle/, or you can enter your password
  and install the bundled gems to RubyGems using sudo.


To fix this issue, make sure /opt/terraspace is owned by your user, instead of repeatedly having to type your password for sudo.