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

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A shell script to open files as root in an IDE?

What I'm trying to do: open multiple system (Apache and PHP config) files to edit in my IDE of choice (Coda). The files are owned by the system, so root permissions are needed to edit them. sudo ...
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Why is my USB drive suddenly read-only and how can I make it read-write again?

I have a 1 TB USB drive. I've been using it for months. My main iTunes library is on it. As of yesterday, for no apparent reason, it has become read only. I can't open iTunes. I also tried ...
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Can't open files after changing username

I use OS X Mavericks 10.9.4. I changed my username and this may have caused that I am not able to open any files. I still can see my PDFs and photos in Preview! I get this: File XYZ couldn’t be ...
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Permissions on library files

Since Migration Assistant blew up while moving to my new Mac, I've had continuing problems with permissions throughout the system. I believe the problem is that the Apps can't save into my Library. I ...
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How do I grant a second user complete access to a user's Home folder?

I want a second user (but NOT all users) to have complete read/write access to a user's Home folder – both users should have the same level of access on all files within, even those created by each ...
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Can i leave admin rights in a session?

i have a Mac Mini Late 2012 running with OS X Yosemite. When installing Xamarin, i had to enter often my admin credentials, which leads me to the question : Is it possible to enter my admin ...
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Cant access firewall in system preferences; firewall tab is greyed out

I have tried multiple things to rememdy this issue. I have tried enabling and logging in as root, tried to clone the system preferences app and accessing security and privacy from the view menu and ...
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Parental control popups are constantly showing

So I have account on my iMac (Maverics OS) for children and parental controls are extremely unusable. 1. I created account and did set up whole account and applications 2. child logs in 3. child does ...
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Opening apache conf file with write permissions

I'm trying to open the /private/etc/apache2/httpd.conf file to make some changes. I thought I'd be able to open this with the correct permissions from the command line, so I tried: cd ...
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Ran Disk Utility to Repair Permissions but not sure it's doing the right job

I wrote a script to parse Disk Utility log and output and permission changes that give more access than before. There were 5 results: 2014-09-21 21:42:31 +1000: Permissions differ on ...
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Confusion with sudo and multiple local accounts

I am having difficulties figuring out why certain things are much more complicated on a mac terminal than a standard linux shell.. Say I have two local accounts, one administrator called "adm" and a ...
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Mount an afp volume so that it is accessible by the user 'www'

I run an intranet blog and I want to offload image service to the office NAS, which can be configured to offer access to certain directories over appletalk. Is there a way to mount one of these ...
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Can OS X users get locked on OS X similar to on ubuntu when using git?

I have gitlab connected to my mac but when I do git push -u origin master I get 'Permission denied. Please try later' message which is what pops up when the user gets locked it seems. But here in ...
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How to access the internal hard disk with full permissions?

My Mac does not start anymore. The hard disk is stranded :-( Macs and gravity are not good friends. When starting on a backup disk, I manage to see some contents of the internal disk Macintosh HD, ...
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Is there a command like namei for OS X?

I'm sifting through some incorrect permission issues and discovered the namei command for Linux. Homebrew doesn't currently have a Mac port. namei - follow a pathname until a terminal point is ...
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How do sync programs get around the iOS sandbox?

The various iOS sync programs (SugarSync, BitTorrent Sync, etc.) claim to be able to read files anywhere on the phone. I don't see how data from my application -- in my app's sandbox -- can be ...
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Cannot add permissions to a file share in File Sharing Preferences

I have a freshly built instance of OSX 10.9.4 running on a Late 2009 Mac Mini with two serially connected firewire Drobos. I can add both of these external drives to the Shared Folders list of the ...
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Notifyr keeps asking for admin privileges

I installed Notifyr on my iPhone and it works well, except that it keeps asking for admin access every so often and it's become very annoying. Is there a way I can permanently grant admin privileges ...
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Mac OSX 10.9.4 file Write Access Error on Network on various Applications

I am working on a corporate network. I use a Mac running OSX 10.9.4. Recently I have started to get the following error message when trying to write to a windows share running on an smb:// share. If ...
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How to Undo Deny Access on Keychain

When accessing a secure note on my login keychain (Using the Keychain Access app) I accidentally selected "Deny" on the prompt. Now I have no access to this keychain anymore. All of my applications ...
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How to always allow “[program] wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this.”

I use a program which prompts me often to "make changes" (make a system-level/root-level change). I trust this program and want to always allow it to do so. How is this done? I would expect an "always ...
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Messages Crashes on Mac Upon Startup

Opened messages and the crash reporter immediately opened stating that the program crashed. In the reporter it stated: Sandbox Creation Failed: You do not have permission to save the file ...
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Bootstrap context issues when logging in via ssh with private key

I use ssh to connect to my laptop remotely. Recently, I decided to improve security by using a private key to authenticate instead of a password. I am able to connect and login with my user account, ...
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Can't save files to Windows SMB share

I've been experiencing this since I got my new MacBook... At my job, we work I'm a Microsoft environment. Our servers use SMB3. Our IT deptartment also doesn't officially support Macs. We also use ...
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Same user multiple times - Sharing & Permissions

My account at work (rtonneyck), is a Windows domain account. That's what I use to login too. I noticed the permissions for my Shared windows drive has my user name listed multiple times. Why is this?? ...
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WD MyBook appears as read-only

My WD MyBook Essential with USB 2.0 appears with read-only permissions. I set the drive up on my old Vista machine, and when Vista began crashing, I switched to Ubuntu. I still have the Ubuntu ...
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Cannot set permissions on Parallels volume

I have Parallels Desktop 9 running on Mac OSX 10.9.4. Whenever I try to [sudo] chmod +x a file on the Parallels volume it doesn't do anything. I have to copy the file to a local folder for this to ...
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How to automatically apply permissions to files added to a shared folder

I have a shared folder setup on a Mac Mini Server. It has permissions for our company group to read/write. When a mac user adds a file to the shared folder, it inherits the permissions of the folder ...
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Time Machine permissions changed after reinstalling OS X?

I recently reinstalled OS X on my iMac. I was having problems, so instead of restoring to a backup, I did a clean install of OS X and manually copied - or tried to copy - the files I needed. However, ...
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Why is everything set to immutable and how do I reverse it?

I can't seem to change the permissions (let alone delete) anything in directories like /usr/local (which I should be). My research has indicated that it's due to OSX automatically setting everything ...
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Error: “The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found. (Error code -43)”

I accidentally pulled an NTFS hard drive out of my Mac OSX Mavericks machine several times and realized that I accidentally created multiple entries of many different names in my /Volumes/ folder. Now ...
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Some apps won't launch on Mavericks

Since I've updated to Mavericks from Snow Leopard recently, I've noticed that some apps that I download (not from the App Store) won't launch. When I used chmod 775 on them, I could launch them. It ...
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Enable ~/Sites Folder

I have been following this tutorial in order to setup my local ~/Sites folder. /etc/apache2/users/carloabelli.conf: <Directory "/Users/carloabelli/Sites/"> Options FollowSymLinks Indexes ...
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Cannot update MAC OSX 10,7.5. It has 4 users and after going admin and password told I don't have permission

After going into updates for each user, I give Administrator name and password, it then goes through the motions of an update and asks me to restart, which i do, then tells me I don't have permission. ...
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unable to move files from external usb disk

I have 10.9.4 with a usb external (2tb) disk, formatted with Macos Journalled format. The drive is also a time-machine destination. I am: unable to cmd-drag files to move them to another disk (they ...
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How to fix permissions with Repair Disk Permissions?

I just installed Xcode 5.1 and the latest round of updates. I followed that with a Repair Disk Permissions. For some reason, Apple installs its software with broken permissions. I then ran Repair ...
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sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists

Suddenly started getting this strange error when attempting to run any command via sudo: sudo: unable to cache user root, already exists I've tried different Terminal windows, repairing ...
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Unable to determine the Mac OS X version on the targeted disk (-69831)

I recently moved my home folder to another internal HDD on my MacbookPro (early 2011 OSX 10.9.4). I'm having an issue where in-app file dialogs cannot display my new home directory or its contents. I ...
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Macs running Mavericks break permissions periodically

I work for a college in the UK. We have around 60 Macs on site for which I am responsible for managing. Ever since we upgraded them to Mavericks, we've been experiencing a very strange problem with ...
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Which user's privileges do I use to run MariaDB?

I installed mariadb from Homebrew. It'll be used for CMS access through PHP. I want the DB to start when the system starts up so I added the homebrew/ mariadb-supplied launchctl plist to ...
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Weird permissions

I moved to a new machine, and Migration Assistant failed miserably. I had to move files by hand, and in doing so some mighty strange things started happening. I have finally tracked these down. Many ...
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How do I copy files off a failed system partition without encountering permissions problems?

So I'm about to copy files off a system partition, and I'm afraid I'll have problems with permissions. A bit of background - OS X won't boot (looping progress bar) and Mavericks Recovery's Disk ...
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How do I log into another user's OS from my network OS using terminal?

To preface this: I'm sure this has been asked but I don't know exactly what I'm searching for or what terms to use, so I am going to ask here by explaining my situation. I am logged onto a network OS ...
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Changed the mod for ~/.. directory by mistake, made it 744, can't boot anymore

I ran the following command by mistake: sudo chmod 744 ~/.. and I can't boot my macbook anymore, it freezes with the brown screen and ajax-style spin. What should I do to make it work normally ...
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How to resolve permissions issues when using the drop box and Automator?

Consider the following workflow: A user copies (drag-and-drop) a folder from his Mac to the Drop Box of another Mac. User is logged onto the Drop Box computer as guest. On the Drop Box Mac, an ...
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How to keep a file hidden in Finder, but readable, writable and visible to an app?

An otherwise great app I'm using, annoys me as every time I start it, it writes to 2 files in the root of my user account which are clearly visible. Now, I have used the terminal command "sudo chflags ...
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Mavericks, Minecraft, Mods and Parental Controls

My son loves Minecraft and I have set up an account for him to play and it works fine with Parental Controls enabled. Now he wants to add Mods to the game and I'm having a hard time getting the ...
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Fix “Permission Denied” when copying files

Whenever I try to copy all the content of a usb to my Mac partition it says Permission Denied The command I am using is cp -R /dev/disk1 /dev/disk0s3 My error message is: /dev/disk0s3: permission ...
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“itmstransporter” permission error when publishing iBook

I've created a book using iBooks Author, sent it over to iTunes Producer, filled in all of the necessary details (price, availability, etc) and attempted to submit it. Once I submit it to Apple I see ...
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OS X Server Users Read & Write but can't delete

running OS X Server (Mavericks) I am trying to use file sharing. When I create a Folder and select that for sharing and add users they get read & write access, but when I take a closer look via ...