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

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Disk Utility will not repair permissions

I have tried to repair permissions multiple times using Disk Utility.app and also using the command-line diskutil. I always get the same output, so apparently it's not fixing the problem. I've also ...
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App (or OSX) changing Accessibility setting by itself

Dropbox requests (though doesn't seem to require, i.e. it runs without) accessibility/control computer permission (under Security -> Privacy). Removing permission manually (requiring admin password), ...
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Accidently took ownership of filesystem root

So, in an attempt to take proper ownership of some files that somehow got set to read-only inside a subdirectory of my home directory, I ran the following command within that directory: sudo chown -R ...
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Repair permissions set incorrectly as admin on encrypted 11.11.5 HD [closed]

While trying to stop apple from creating a thunderport bridge so they can watch me for some reason, I set the Admin rights to "read only (Dropbox) and closed window. Windows started shutting down and ...
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Locked file is stuck in trash

I have a file in my Trash. The filename is 'codedesign' and it is a Unix executable file. This file ended up there in the process of me trying to fix a corrupted patch installer. The original ...
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Is there a window-snapping application—or alternative solution—where you don't have to give accessibility features permission?

I'm on an iMac at my photography school, and like any stock Mac computer, there is no window-snapping feature (why Apple?). I could add window-snapping applications, but since I don't have the ...
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How to fix corrupt keychain permissions

I have change permission of /var location by mistake with 777 and now my Keychain Access not working fine (i have stop chmod but some file and folder's permission are change ) folder in var ...
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Creating new user yields endless keychain password prompts

Here's the story - I have three user accounts on my Mac mini. I go and add a forth. A few days later, the user forgets their password - we had the iCloud password reset functionality enabled, but we'...
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How do I set permissions on a directory so that all files created there will be read/write/execute for everyone?

I have a cache directory in which several different programs owned by several different accounts create/read/write/delete etc new files and directories. I want everyone to have all the possible rights ...
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OSX recovering ownership after bad chown command

In hindsight, I made a bad decision, but I texted my wife a command: sudo chown -R ${USER} /Applications/... to run in a directory. She didn't think it worked and started putting spaces where ...
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Preview.app modifies my file and refuses to copy non-Latin text from it

Preview.app somehow manages to modify my PDF files so that text becomes uncopiable. This happened to two of my files, one in Russian, another in Greek language. E.g. yesterday I coped text from the ...
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can't add my present account to folder > Get Info > Sharing & Permissions on Macbook Pro

I want to access MacBook Pro OS 10.11.15 files from a Windows 7. Can read files ok but writing causes permission problem. ERROR AT WINDOWS IS: "You need permission to perform this action. You ...
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What point is there in using an everyday non-admin account on OS X?

This piece of advice is old but is coming back into fashion. I have seen it a lot recently, on a number of Mac websites or forums. "Your ‘everyday’ user account should not be an admin account. It ...
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launchctl gives permission error

I have a user named 'tv' (OS X 10.11.5) and I have these files in /Users/tv/Library/LaunchAgents/ # ls -lsa /Users/tv/Library/LaunchAgents/ total 16 0 drwxr-xr-x 4 tv staff 136 Jun 24 20:46 . 0 ...
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Flash Local Shared Object storage security issue?

I have encountered some strange behavior when navigating through the flash Local Shared Object folders on my computer running OS X version 10.11.5 The behavior is as follows: Navigate to the base ...
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Public folders or “All Users” folder in Mac?

I have a web server in OS X Server with an open source digital asset management system installed: ResourceSpace. The main Web Root folder is shared via FTP and with permissions set to "All Users". I'...
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Maximal process supplementary group ids

I've seen that the maximal number of groups per process is 16 /usr/include/sys/syslimits.h #define NGROUPS_MAX 16 /* max supplemental group id's */ However, if I type 'id' command from ...
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Permission issue when installing a Mac Service

I have an installer for Mac OS X, which tries to install the program as a service. As usual during the installation process the user has to confirm their password, which allows the install. However, ...
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Missing folder and it's contents on external hard drive. Permissions issues too

I did a deep search to see if I could find an answer. I had posted this incorrectly in the wrong place but then found this group. And I hope some genius can help me. I've had a Toshiba drive that ...
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Why can't I create a directory on a mounted USB drive after mkdir, but finder new directory works?

I'm trying to create a directory on a USB3 mounted hard disk drive and it is failing even though the permissions are open: bash-3.2$ ls -al total 0 drwxrwxrwx+ 2 user user 68 Jun 3 18:24 . ...
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Repairing permissions twice gives the same result

If I repair permissions twice in a row, without launching any apps or processes while I do this, the results are almost the same: Why is it that the second time around, the problems seem to be ...
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How to reset to default permissions

During development and debugging I have changed permissions of various files and folders using chown and chmod on my local system (I didnt maintain the list of changes). Now that I have fixed the ...
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Folder of second hdd unaccessible for other users

I have a Macbook pro with El Capitan and two HDDs. The second drive I wish to use as a sharing area with my wife who has a user on the same notebook. I created a folder and put some files there. She ...
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Home sharing on iPhone: “You don't have permission to access the requested resource ”

I've configured Home sharing to work just fine on my iPad and Apple TV, however for some reason on my phone I get an error pop up saying "You don't have permission to access the requested resource" ...
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Password required to pause / resume printer

We've got several macs (macbook pros + mac minis) in our office. Most of the users are running osx 10.9 and dont have admin access. If they hit pause on the printer dialog they and then try to ...
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Can't create new directory in home folder: What are “default” permissions/ownership?

I do know how to set permissions. But what is the default OS X permission and ownership for one's home directory. I can't create a dir. How is mine different? (See snippet): jbenniMac:~ jbenni$ pwd /...
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Permissions on previous backup stopping me from restoring

I have acquired a new Macbook Pro, running El Capitan (10.11.4), I have a USB drive containing the TM backups of my previous Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.5). I have been reading about how to restore ...
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problem with installing Network Storage drivers

i have a problem with accessing to my iomega-ix2 network storage. when i read the manual, i found that i have to download and install certain files (download link is in the bottom) so when i download ...
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Do iPhone apps have permission to make calls without user interaction?

I was reading about a missed call scam just now where the user gets charged even if they don't call the number back. It occurred to me that a malicious iPhone app could make calls to premium numbers ...
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permission denied mkdir /Volumes

I'm getting a permission denied when attempting to create or mount at /Volumes on my mac. I'm an admin and I can do both of those things with sudo, but I don't understand why I have to use sudo on ...
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Wrong file group for various files and folders after restoring from Time Machine

After I change to an SSD and restored my computer form a Time Machine backup, all the files and folders in my users home folder have a wrong file group. They all have the file group set to 503, which ...
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Terminal Error: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug - Unable to Repair Permissions

I'm getting an error when I open Terminal saying: login(495,0x7fff77186000) malloc: *** error for object 0x7f8cdad0b780: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in ...
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Sharing & Permissions has 2 “everyone” entries, OS X 10.10.5

I was doing some stuff with the system administrator to my computer and we are not sure what we did to have this happen but we now have 2 everyone permissions in nearly every file on my compute. The ...
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Access to MacBook Air backup files

I am trying to access some lost photos from a MacBook Air backup (I no longer have the computer). I am denied acess to pictures folder because I don't have permissions. How can I log in with password ...
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I broke sudo - how do I fix it?

Apparently I can't sudo on my Mac any more. Piers-MacBook-Air:~ piersb$ sudo ls Password: Sorry, user piersb is not allowed to execute '/bin/ls' as root on Piers-MacBook-Air.local. Piers-MacBook-Air:...
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File permissions and saving to `smb` server

Suddenly I have the problem that I cannot save files with Xcode on a server mounted via cifs:// or smb://. [Xcode 6.1; Mac OS X 10.9]. I get the following uninformative error: I also checked the ...
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Share single dropbox account between two user accounts

I have two user accounts on my MacBook, one for work and other personal. I would like to share the same dropbox account between both user accounts with read & write access. Currently I have access ...
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access mount drive that was created by another user

I'm working on 10.11 instance with multiple users, and one of the standard privileged users have created mount drive. Now I'm trying to connect the same drive from terminal command line on different ...
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How to set default ownership of a shared folder?

How can I set default ownership of newly created files and directories of a shared folder to the original directory owner? The original intention is letting B read/write A's shared Google Drive ...
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About Mac computer's file permission

I was trying to install Joomla on my Macbook Air under XAMPP. I successfully installed it, but when I try to open the front-end, I keep getting this mkdir():permission denied error. Two questions ...
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Editing com.apple.atrun.plist on El Capitan

I am running El Capitan on several computers and would like to be able to use at to run scheduled jobs in the background. Enabling at requires editing /System/Library/LaunchDaemon/com.apple.atrun....
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What happens if you used “rm -rf *” in /Users or /Users/someUser?

Note: Don't type rm or any variation of it into terminal under any circumstances if you are not experienced with the command line Does the Mac OS X block you from using rm in those directories to ...
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give read&write permission to only 1 file in folder

I am trying to manually modify preferences file located at /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration/preferences.plist To modify it, I need to give it read&write permission. I did that. The ...
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Can't Open or Edit Microsoft Documents in Shared Folder

I recently bought a Macbook Pro - It's my first Apple purchase. My partner and I both have an Administrator login. We have put a number of documents (both Apple and Microsoft) into the shared folder. ...
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Accidentally granted myself all directories on my mac

so I was working late last week and accidentally granted my user the ownership of all the files on my mac, with this command I think: sudo chown -R / I have been fixing it to make apache, sudoers, ...
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Hardening Time Machine Security

In face of the news that there is now a ransomware for mac in the wild I thought about the security of my time-machine backups. Permissions First, I had a look at the permissions of the files that ...
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Change encrypted internal HD permissions to prevent password prompts

I have an iMac (running OS X 10.11.3) with a dual disk setup. A ssd for the OS (with Filevault turned on) and a HDD for storage that is formatted OS X Extended and Encrypted. The intention is to ...
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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 /Applications/Safari....
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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 ...