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

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OS X 10.11 Not able to change the folder permission

I have root permission but still I am not able to change the folder permission sudo chmod -R 777 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/ chmod: Unable to change file mode on ...
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Questions about permissions, specifically across machines

I've got a couple of external HDDs and I've noticed the permissions on them are differ, which has got me wondering how a few things work. On the hard drive that seems to be normal, it has the ...
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Is adding root to the user group staff safe?

So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group. When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file. To avoid ...
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I get a permission denied error when trying to run pip

I am trying to run the following command: pip install -U pip setuptools However, I get this error output: Requirement already up-to-date: pip in /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages Collecting ...
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How to give access to my user and _www

I am new to mac and running a website through apache server. The code for my application is being accessed by the _www user, so I set the ownership to _www user but then when I try to edit a file from ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed for the application /Applications/darktable.app with error -10810

Darktable mysteriously stopped working on me yesterday. I tried restarting my iMac, deleting and re-installing darkable and finally after going through some forums I tried running through the ...
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User permissions problem after restoring from Time Machine to a new user Mac OS X El Capitan

My old MacBook Pro died so I did a restore from a Time Machine backup to an iMac. I did the restore to a new user so the info already in the iMac would not be lost. Everything went smoothly and I have ...
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How Do I Reset the Sharing & Permission Setting on a MacBook?

When you select the "Get Info" option, the mac will bring up a pop-up with the various attributes of the object selected. In the "Sharing & Permissions" section, you can set the access level. ...
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Cannot open Terminal on mac (“Not allowed to use” error message)

I cannot open Terminal at all because of this error message. (Probably the rudest error message I have ever seen on a computer.) This mac was originally a school computer and the permission to use ...
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su returns `permission denied'

When I su admin, I get shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Permission denied What is the correct/best way to give the user admin access to ...
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Unsuccessful attempt to repair permissions with OnyX on El Capitan

I'm trying to execute the maintenance script in OnyX and I keep on getting the same errors at each pass: Permissions in the X11 folder are constantly being repaid (i.e. OnyX is showing that it ...
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Info.plist is always readonly

I want to edit Finder Info.plist file that is located here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Info.plist But when I try to edit the file by vi the file is readonly. # vi ...
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How do I ignore ownership on an external hard drive without using Get Info?

I have been trying to set my external hard drive to ignore ownership in permissions, but I can't seem to do it. I am trying to enable the ignore ownership option because I am trying to run Xcode from ...
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Why is “com.apple.quarantine” extended permission being added to downloaded files?

Recently I found downloaded files were not accessible through my web browser when viewing a site running inside a VirtualBox server. I noticed downloaded files have the extended permission ...
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Installing Adobe Reader without granting full administrative privileges

I agree with the OP of the question How can I open a .pkg file manually? that it is not so nice to grant administrative privileges to software that you do not trust "completely". The following ...
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Changing configurations for Jrnl

Greetings to the apple community. I'm a newbie to mac and the terminal and I have no previous exposure to Linux. I have only casually used computers. However I've been wanting to step up my game and ...
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What does sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local and sudo chgrp wheel /usr/local do?

I uninstalled Homebrew, manually removed the /usr/local contents. The following possible Homebrew files were not deleted: /usr/local/.DS_Store /usr/local/bin/ /usr/local/etc/ /usr/local/include/ ...
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bit lost wrt to permissions and users

So I am installing postgresql and it mostly works, kinda. I have a user postgres that was create by the postgres createuser commmand. I understand that the intent is a do-nothing user that can just ...
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Keychain: Beachball When Visualizing Password

I can use the passwords in the keychain when opening a program, but if I try to display the password in the keychain entry I get asked for the root password. When entering the root password the ...
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How can I make all files created in a shared directory inherit the permissions and ownership(If possible) of the directory it was created in?

Is there a way to set inherited permissions automatically on shared files, so everyone can work off the same shared directories? I've spent hours searching for solutions and talking with Apple support ...
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Accidentally changed owner of /var system folder recursively to myself

Long story short, accidentally I ran sudo chown -R myusername /var/ and now my mac won't boot anymore (after entering user password for hdd decryption loading bar is slowly filled and after it gets ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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Permissions errors thrown, but permissions appear to be correct

On my HD, I have a bunch of files that I've generated via Python scripts (or otherwise). When I run "open foo.png" from terminal (or via finder), I get a popup that says The file “foo.png” ...
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Safe to change permissions/ACLs for `~/.ssh/known_hosts`?

My initial problem: I am using git with SSH for authentication. Each time I push/pull, I get The authenticity of the host […] can’t be established, and after confirming to trust the host, I can ...
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Strange bug with Google Drive on Mac OS X?

It seems as though for random files after what seems to be a random amount of time, the file permissions are somehow changed. I have the app set up on a PC as well (running windows 7). This is ...
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Grayed out folder won't open in finder

I've never see this before. Here's the facts: It appears to be grayed out in the finder I can not open it by clicking I can move the folder The permissions are set to 777 (overkill i know) I can ...
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/usr/bin Permission change

I am trying to set up Java on Xcode and it needs to access /usr/bin/java at some point. But I cannot get hold of this folder and I get this message: The folder “java” can’t be opened because you don’t ...
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Access denied on TimeMachine after formatting OSX

I formatted a Mac and installed the latest OSX. This Mac was using Time Machine with an external hard drive. Now, I am unable to access folders on that disc that were created before the formatting. ...
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Editing the /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist file

I need to vim the file found at /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist but the permissions will not allow it. Even when I run sudo vim /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist ...
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Separate, personal time machine backup locations for every user on OSX Server?

I have a Yosemite Server running and I have about four different backup disks, each for a different user. However, no matter what I do with permissions (setting the user's backup disk to be read/write ...
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Mac Pro 2007 running OS X Server 10.6.8 on its last legs, transfer data permission issue

Trying to copy files off a Mac Pro 2007 running server 10.6.8 that is dying. Thankfully I can still see it on the network, but won't let me copy all files due to permissions. I am throwing it away but ...
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Delete unnecessary files in /System/Library for Mac OS X

I happen to have some unused/obsolete python libraries in System directory, especially in /System/Library/Frameworks/Python.framework/Versions/2.7/Extras/lib/python, the issue is that I can't delete ...
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Operation not permitted “sudo ditto -v to folder /usr/bin”

I'm trying to copy an exec file from my downloads folder to /usr/bin/ using sudo ditto -v sweep /usr/bin/sweep, but the command always fails in Terminal. I even tried to manually drag and drop it but ...
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Configure sandbox permissions

While trying to modify a property list I was rather surprised to receive the following error sh-3.2# cp com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist com.apple.mDSNResponder.plist.backup cp: ...
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Cannot open/save files on El Capitan. Is this a permissions problem?

I have some issues with my file system on my MacBook; I am running OS X El Capitan with an SSD. For instance, if I make a screenshot, save the file on my desktop, and then immediately try to open the ...
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Cannot change permissions on com.apple.Boot.plist

I am trying to set the permissions on the Boot.plist file (Located in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration) and it won't let me. I have clicked the lock and entered my password in Finder, and when ...
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After update to El Capitan, can't write to my home dir?

I did a hard drive wipe and clean reinstall for OS X 10.11 El Capitan. I now get some permission errors about my home directory. Here's an example, after running the program psql, which is the ...
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Why is SpotlightNetHelp denied file-read-data for root?

I'm getting many of these two similar errors on my console. 10/21/15 11:06:29.737 AM sandboxd[140]: ([368]) SpotlightNetHelp(368) deny file-read-data / 10/21/15 11:07:11.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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How to set fmask, dmask or umask on OS X?

I want external drives mounted with specified permissions. I know that fmask, dmask and umask in fstab do this trick. I added this line to /etc/fstab: LABEL=D2-HT250 none msdos ...
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Restricted files on El Capitan? [duplicate]

So I wanted to hide the Finder icon on my Dock. According to this answer - How can I remove the Finder icon from my Dock? I am suppose to edit DockMenus.plist file. When I tried I had no permission ...
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This item will be deleted immediately. You can’t undo this action

I have a MacBook Pro which has a SSD and a hard drive. Here SSD hosts the operating system and HDD stores some files (pic., doc., etc). 1 week ago I reset my system and installed OS X El Capitan. ...
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permissions keep changing in git repository, anyone can tell me why?

This started happening about 2-3 weeks ago. I'm on Mac OS X Yosemite - 10.10.5 I have a git repository for a pretty big project ( there are three developers on the project), and every now and then ...
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Can apps access my camera without telling me?

Suppose I give an app permission to access my camera (and/or microphone) to take a picture. After I take the picture, can the app access my camera without prompting me? I thought of this while using ...
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Fixing multiple Users permissions

In a classroom environment after a month without issues all of the sudden everyone is getting locked out of their folders, including my local admin user. What works is logging into each user, ...
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Yosemite 10.10.5 umask issue

I'm having issues with setting the default umask on our Macs for users. I run the following the commands to set the default perms to 775: sudo launchctl config user umask 002 sudo launchctl config ...
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root permissions [duplicate]

After I installed el Capitan, Little Snitch started complaining about gamed trying to phone home. Research in the net revealed various suggestions, including logging out from the Game Centre using ...
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Operation not permitted turning off airplay mirroring

I'm running the command sudo chmod 000 /System/Library/CoreServices/AirPlayUIAgent.app/Contents/MacOS/AirPlayUIAgent Because airplay mirroring is messing with one of my programs, but it tells me ...
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Twitter Revoke 3rd-Party Permissions from iPhone & iPad iOS9

I know similar questions have been asked, but I couldn't find an answer to mine. Is there any way to control Twitter permissions to third-party access from an iPhone / iPad? I've tried to do it ...
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How do I access my old files from an old Macbook HDD with Lubuntu?

I wasn't sure if I should put this on the Apple or Linux stack exchange but here's my problem. So my old Macbook died a while back and I realized that it might have had some important information. My ...
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Permission Denied for apropos command

I'm trying to list the contents of the whole apropos (makewhatis) database with the following command but I keep getting Permission denied. sudo -s apropos . > touch thedatabase -bash: touch: ...