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I access my Synology NAS via AFP and can open/edit all of my files directly on it. But when I copy a file to my desktop I can't open it. Finder tells me I don't have appropriate permissions.

When I look at the permissions (CMD + I) on …

… my NAS:

  • (unknown): read & write
  • everyone: no permissions

… my desktop:

  • staff: read & write
  • everyone: no permissions

ls -l will print (for both paces): ----rwx--- 1 suntrop staff 35354 4 Jul 10:32 File.docx

Is this a problem on the Mac or Synology or my settings?

The permissions should ideally be 755, i.e., rwxr-xr-x at both places. –  duci9y Sep 20 '12 at 9:14
Ok, thanks. And what causes the problem or how to avoid it? :-) –  suntrop Sep 20 '12 at 11:03
I don’t know what caused the problem or how to avoid it, but you can probably fix it by running sudo chmod -R 755 /path/to/drive in the Terminal. That’s why I didn’t put this as an answer. –  duci9y Sep 20 '12 at 11:06
That's not only this particular file. Almost all files have this problem. anyway, I'll check some other resources and try to fix it. Thanks. –  suntrop Sep 20 '12 at 16:52
No, I did not say path/to/file, I said path/to/drive. This will fix ALL files on the drive. –  duci9y Sep 20 '12 at 17:04

2 Answers 2

Sounds like permission problem. I had similar issue. Files created by Apple on NAS by one user in two groups (administrator & user) were not being able to read by users only in user group. I tried reseting ownsership/permissions using File Station from DiskStation and did nothing. I figured something was wrong with root folder premissions on shared folder - and yes, they were owned by root and 777 chmod.

I've managed to fix this by: 1. on synology - control panel - win/mac/nfs - goto Mac File Serivce (AFP) and turn off Apply default UNIX permissions (Mac file services enabled) - root of your problem 2. log on to NAS via ssh, go to most root shared folder and do hown -R nobody:users shared_folder/ chmod -R 755 shared_folder/

used info from here, here and here.


Do not connect via AFP: use SMB.

Why should they connect via SMB instead of AFP? While this might be exactly right, some more explanation would be nice. –  CajunLuke Oct 8 '12 at 18:29
Although SMB will work it doesn't support some of the OS X features I like. I submitted a bug report to Apple and – I hope – they fix it :-) –  suntrop Oct 9 '12 at 20:44

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