Allowing and restricting which users can perform what operations of particular files

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Error 43, unable to open files on external hard drive using Preview

Using Snow Leopard 10.6.8 I can't access files with Preview on my 201 WD myBook 1TB external hard drive. When I try to open a file it says "application can't be found" follows up with "an unexpected ...
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Preview.app can't open pdf after Adobe Acrobat Installation

After installing adobe acrobat I can no longer use preview.app or apps like clearview to open pdf files under my account. I have tried creating a new user, and logged in, and i can view it no ...
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External HDD Permissions Issue

I have a new 2TB Western Digital external hard drive (My Passport Ultra) that I want to use for backups. I have it formatted as Mac OS Extended, with 1 Apple Partition Map partition. When I Get Info ...
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How can I protect my ext HD files. No password [on hold]

I run a entertainment company, I'm opening a DJ division, I want to give them external HD's with our library on I want to restrict them from copying the data or corrupting it in anyway I want them ...
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`LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed with error -10810..` :~ root#

Okay, so I turn on my laptop, sign in to my regular user account and proceed to open/run a Java-based, HTTP-proxying application called burp via Terminal.app. It executes normally but refuses to bind ...
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Trying to replace volume sound in OS X to what was present before. Encountering permissions problems even as root. Help?

I'm trying to get the old volume feedback noise on my MacBook. I have a copy of the sound file but the system is refusing to let me replace it, even as root. I found this article that also explained ...
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Symbolic linking to Photos from another user

I am running El Capitan Beta, but this question would also apply to Yosemite. I want another account's (account B) "Photos" app to link to my primary account's (account A) Photos library without ...
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Protect changes to plain text file written by standard user's execution of bash script

I have written a simple bash script that I want to use as a time clock for employees (work-studies) in my computer lab. The script works great. 1. Each work-study has two icons (two separate bash ...
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Sharing folders between 2 users

I just downloaded a virtual box VM which I will be sharing with my wife. Both my wife and I have accounts on our mac. I copied the downloaded VM into /Users/Shared/MyNewVM Then I went into System ...
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Yosemite file permissions/ownership issue

I'm no stranger to OSX and a while back I upgraded to Yosemite at rollout. I'm a web developer an I'm encountering a strange behaviour with file permissions ever since upgrading. For example, I'm ...
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Monitor processes during startup that changes umask

Two days ago I began noticing permission problems with my web projects, I had to keep resetting permission so apache could read or write. What a pain! After hours of confusion I finally realized that ...
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In OS X Mavericks/Yosemite, is it better to put apps in /Applications or in ~/Applications?

I've noticed that pkg installers and obviously apps installed from the App Store) put apps in the /Applications file, yet Steam usually puts them in ~/Applications. Both work, and both are writable by ...
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start.command permission denied even after chmod

I have been trying to run my server.command file forever. I have tried changing access privileges with chmod x+u pressing enter then dragging the file into Terminal and pressing enter, but when I do, ...
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USB hard drive permissions

I have a JBOD with a couple of disks in that are mirrored using Disk Utility and have a single partition formatted as HFS+. The purpose of this drive is to hold an iTunes library (sharing to AppleTV) ...
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403 forbidden on Apache vHost

I'm using Mac OS X 10.6.8 and I'm trying to configure a vHost. I configured it and it gave me a 403 Forbidden, and I'm having trouble giving _www permission to read/write in ~/Document/workspace/dev ...
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sudo: effective uid is not 0, is sudo installed setuid root?

I was trying to remove some folders (python) via sudo rm in Terminal and got this message: sudo: effective uid is not 0, is sudo installed setuid root? I already tried to verify/repair disk ...
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Get rid of the “Instruments wants permission to analyze” prompt, from command line, in Yosemite

In our jenkins build automation environment we have several OSX nodes, now all updated to Yosemite, where we run ios simulator tests. The problem is that on any newly introduced node simulator tests ...
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CPU usage for User tasks consuming up to 80%; 0% Idle. What does it mean?

I have noticed that my CPU usage is always near 100%. 0% of it is for Idle. About 20% average is for System tasks. The rest is going to User tasks (80%). But if I look at individual tasks don't see ...
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Application permissions for Standard user

I use my Mac as a Standard user. When I first set it up, all applications were downloaded/installed using the Admin user. Running latest OSX 10.10.3 When using my Mac as the Standard user, every time ...
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User Data on SDXC?

I am assisting a user who has reach full disk capacity (120GB). The disk cannot be replaced by one with higher capacity (not without replacing the whole logicboard) and as a the laptop is designed ...
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Homebrew mutt(1) file permission weirdness

I just installed mutt ('brew install mutt') running as myself (uid=501(john)), no sudo. It seems to have worked, but now I've got a couple of weird permission problems. When I run mutt, email ...
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10.9 server keeps losing correct permissions on /private/tmp

about 2-3 a week our 10.9 server machine starts filling logs with 'unable to write to /private/tmp/..." errors. many per second. the permissions to go 755 apparently. it's easily fixed with a ...
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Check access to share BEFORE mounting

Quesiton: Can I check access to a share before I mount it? I'm using various bash scripts on Mavericks 10.9.5. One script mounts shares, based on group membership. Due to the nature of the script, ...
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Upgraded from Mavericks 10.9.5 to Yosemite 10.10.3. Permissions are all messed up

If I try to move things to external hard drives I am asked for my admin password. If I try to move things in or out of the Applications folder I am asked for my password. I am asked for my password ...
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Making a Damaged USB Writable for Drive Genius?

Apologies for being (sort of) a repost from Unable to be Repaired & Further Problems but I had some further questions and I was worried they wouldn't be answered. I followed Froggard's advice and ...
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Make files in `/usr/local` writable for homebrew

I've been trying to get homebrew working nicely, but it appears everything inside /usr/local isn't writable, and everything falls over. It keeps telling me to recursively chown /usr/local, and I ...
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Software Update Permissions error

This is a really weird one. Anytime I try to update any OSX items via System Update I get a bizarre permissions error. The screenshots tell the story... Here is my attempt to run the update: Here ...
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What would cause normal files to be hidden from the Finder but not the terminal?

I exported a set of photos from my wife's computer to mine over a WiFi share. I opened the directory in Finder and it said that there were 0 files. I know I've seen the Finder lag before on ...
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Upgraded to Yosemite, mkdir now says “permission denied”

I upgraded from OS 10.7.3 to 10.10.3. Now I get "permission denied" when I run mkdir on folders that I own and have full permission. For example : I own a folder called ...
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Changing ownership of .cpan

I'm getting back into Perl; several months ago I had to have a new hard drive installed and so had to start over again. When I try to update CPAN, I get this message: Your configuration suggests that ...
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Cannot create home folders on the server for network accounts

I have a problem with creating home folders on the server for network accounts. The goal is to share the same files on multiple devices. A quick overview of what I do: I go to the Server.app. I ...
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How do I share with different permissions from local host?

I want to create a user tvuser that has read access to a volume on my mac (Mountain Lion.) NO one else has network read access. At this point when I click sharing, enable AFP, Everyone, and Staff ...
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Mac OSX installer is disabled or not accessable

I have a persistent problem where my installer is not associated with pkg files. My installer is showing that is not available (See screenshots) In the past I have had to re-associate my pkg files ...
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Access back-up of Pictures folder on network drive

I backed up the contents of an old Macbook which was probably running 10.5.8 by copying ~/Pictures and ~/Documents to a network drive, right before the laptop died with the click-of-death, which ...
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Why can a user on OS X open some directories of other users?

I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can ...
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Curiously removed permissions

I have a severe permissions' issue. I hope there are some really clever people out there, who might know how to solve this using the Terminal, expert-level hacking or in some really simple way so I at ...
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OSX default file permissions when copying/saving files

Every time I save a file from a web browser or copy files from our local server to my machine, the default permission "for everyone" is set to none. I'm a web developer. Files that are non-readable ...
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Modifing a preference via applescript changes file group

I recently request help about modifying firewall settings via command-line (see my previous question). Everything is working, but I have noticed that whenever I use this command in an applescript, the ...
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Cannot open jpegs in preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5

When I try to open JPEG in Preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5, I get the message: "The file couldn't be opened because you do not have permission to view it. To view or change permissions, select ...
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Mac as a kiosk: How to effectively whitelist apps with Parental Controls?

I have various Mac Minis that I use as kiosks. I set them up to have an admin account and a user account managed with Parental Controls, which the machine auto-logs into and runs my native app full ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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Copy recursively files and folders, but preserving everything while gaining ownership?

I would like to copy files and folders recursively from an external drive to my internal SSD. However, when I drag and drop, and, subsequently, when I use the copied files, I am always asked to enter ...
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atd stopped working on OS X 10.10.3

I'm using OS X Yosemite, just updated to 10.10.3 and the at command and related (atq, atrm etc) have stopped working. Has atd been disabled in the latest 10.10.3? If so how do I investigate and ...
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How can I recover write permissions on an external drive after I upgraded my OS from 10.5 to 10.6.8?

Permissions were corrupted on one of my external drives shortly after upgrading my iMac from 10.5 to 10.6.8. Disk Utility recognizes the drive but will not allow permissions repair. How can I repair ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file in /private/var/db/receipts so that I can change it?

I want to edit some com.myApp.plist. I'm running OS 10.10.3, and I do have Xcode installed. But every time I try to edit the file, it's locked and I can't save my changes. If I try to save it with ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to prune one file from multiple backups?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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Why do I need to “repair permissions” on my Aperture library in order to migrate to Photos?

After installing Apple Photos as part of the 10.10.3 update and attempting to migrate my Aperture library I get an error message about "permissions" on my Aperture library: What does this mean and ...
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Permission denied problem on just one NTFS folder

I have an old (Maxtor One Touch) 300G drive that years ago I used for backing up files from a Windows PC. It's NTFS. On my (MacBook Pro, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013, Yosemite 10.10.2) system I can ...