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Installed ML on HP HDX 16 using ###### method. Then used Chameleon 2.1 as bootloader. Noted that after install, whenever I updated the boot config file (org.Chameleon.Boot.plist in /Extra) using GUI tools (e.g. Chameleon Wizard), the permissions would change and the system would freeze during booting.

Upon closer inspection, I realized that the permissions on the file which allowed the system to boot fully was 666 (rw-rw-rw-). Every time the permission changed to prevent write permission to "group", "others", the system would refuse to boot. Changing them back to 666 (chmod 666 /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist) would allow the system to boot smoothly again.

So to everyone who encounter unexplained boot freezes, I would giving this a shot; it may just work out for you.

PS: Sorry if this has been covered earlier; didn't search the forums.



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Sounds like an ownership problem vs. a permissions problem. Permissions should be fine as 644. The group should not be "others" and can't think of a file where it ever should be. It should work fine as either- user(Me):wheel or root:wheel, the former allowing you to update the file as needed. Having the group as "others" only members of that group have whatever level of permission you set, so in order to boot, since the system is not a member of "others" your needing to give permission to "everyone", which includes..well, everyone. Instead if for both /Extra and the plist you:

chown 501:wheel /Extra
chown 501:wheel /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist
chmod 644 /Extra
chmod 644 /Extra/org.chameleon.Boot.plist

it should fix you right up for good

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