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Synergy Fatal Error in Mac OSX Mavericks

Last night I upgraded my iMac at work to Mac OSX 10.9 Mavericks and this morning when I logged in to the machine and launched Synergy, I received an error:

FATAL: Init failed: system setting not enabled: "Enable access for assistive devices"

Apple changed the location for enabling access for assistive devices from “Accessibility” to “Security & Privacy” in Mavericks. In “Security & Privacy”, under the “Privacy” tab, click “Accessibility.” Apple now allows you to grant individual applications control of your computer whereas before it was one checkbox that allowed any program control.

In order to get the application to show in the list for you to enable, you must first try to run the program that requires the access for assistive devices.

Once I enabled access for Synergy, I still continued to receive the same error. I was able to get Synergy to work with Mavericks by doing the following:

  1. Open Terminal
  2. Execute Synergy from the Terminal by typing “/Applications/Synergy.app/Content/MacOS/Synergy” You should receive the same error about enabling access for assistive devices.
  3. Go to “Security & Privacy” and enable access for the Terminal under “Accessibility.”
  4. Now launch Synergy again from the Terminal using the command “/Applications/Synergy.app/Contents/MacOS/Synergy&”

The ampersand at the end of the command will run the command in the background and give you back the prompt right away.

Note: Closing the Terminal closes Synergy.

This is not a problem for me as I use the Terminal all day but for others it may. I believe Apple is allowing Synergy but not synergys to access privacy accessibility settings and hence why we are getting this message. Hopefully this will be fixed soon.

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  1. November 2, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    A little command line trickery will let you close Terminal after starting Synergy:

    nohup /Applications/Synergy.app/Contents/MacOS/Synergy > /dev/null &

    “nohup” tells the process to ignore the HUP signal with is sent to all child processes when the Terminal session is closing. ” > /dev/null” sends any command line output from Synergy to the null device so that your disk doesn’t get cluttered with nohup.out files.

  2. Patty
    November 26, 2013 at 11:12 PM

    I tried this and it still does not work for me. In the security and privacy app under accessibility, I have synergy and terminal checked to allow the apps to control the computer. I inputted the above in the terminal command and I still get the same error that I had before.

  3. Anonymous
    December 13, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Patty :
    I tried this and it still does not work for me. In the security and privacy app under accessibility, I have synergy and terminal checked to allow the apps to control the computer. I inputted the above in the terminal command and I still get the same error that I had before.

    Yeah, I am having the same issue, I followed the process listed but like “Patty” I am having the same results.

  4. Anonymous
    January 5, 2014 at 1:53 AM

    Your instructions work for me + Thanks very much !

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