I had rooted my Nexus 4 when on 4.2.x by putting it in bootloader mode first and typing fastboot boot .img at the command prompt to reboot it into TWRP custom recovery mode without if actually flashing the TWRP recovery on the device. Back then, ...
I think someone else who has used a Mac before needs to take over from me. I have no idea what that means.
I am by no means an expert in rooting/flashing... but i could try help.
Your guide is pretty well written and I can handle the terminal.
Sounds all good.
As for permanently flashing another recovery... what ever suits your needs. You can always flash the stock recovery if needed.
oh i see. well i basically gave up on the mac last night and i just went to my dads windows laptop lol, everything worked fine there and now im updated to 4.2.2. thank you and everyone else for taking the time to help me out :)
I'm glad it work...
Just as I thought.
There was an update to support Android 4.2.2. AFAIK you had/have to update your SDK.
Unfortunately it seems like that Mac OS 10.5.8 could be not supported anymore.
But let us give it one last shot before the experts can ta...