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

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All of my files in home directory have 0620 file permission

I don't the the exact reason why, but all the files in my home directory have 0620 file permission. What I remember is that I setup file sharing in System Preference. Now, when I try to delete ...
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Files created by Windows on Lion SMB shares have 600 permissions

I have File Sharing enabled in OS X Lion, and I'm accessing the shares using Win XP and Win 7 boxes. I can read and write fine, by when I create a new file, the permissions for that file defaults to ...
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Need to create a common workspace between two macs connected wirelessly in a network

I need to create a common development workspace between two macs connected in a wi-fi network. Sort of like a shared folder. But the problem using a shared folder is that there are a lot of ownership ...
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Keychain says “Access to this item is restricted” after upgrading to Lion

I recently upgraded to Lion and since then I haven't been able to use Keychain to look at my stored passwords. When I click on the checkbox to show them it prompts me for my master password, then ...
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Limiting a standard user to use 50 GB of the hard drive

I have added a standard user for my brother on my Mac Mini, and I would like to limit the amount of space he can use on my hard drive, but I can't see where I can set this kind of restrictions. I ...
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Homebrew permission issues

I basically installed Homebrew as described at https://github.com/mxcl/homebrew/wiki/installation. However, my user account ist not an Administrator account, therefore I substituted my user identity ...
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How to get Finder in Lion to set group permissions to read/write by default?

To have group permissions set to read/write by default in Snow Leopard and Leopard, I used /etc/launchd-user.conf to set the umask to 002. This still works in Lion in every app except the Finder. ...
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Can't copy folder with files from external hard drive because of permissions?

I can't copy a folder (with files) from an external hard drive because of permissions problems. (You do not have permissions to the files in this folder.) However, those files were created by me (on ...
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trying to run Apache James (email server) on Mac — getting “Permission denied” error — help?

I download Apache James email server on my Mac. I extracted the zip to a "james-2.3.2" folder. When I run "./james-2.3.2/bin/run.sh" I get a "Permission denied". I tried doing a chmod 755 on the ...
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Drobo has become read only and can't be changed

My Drobo that acts as my media server and Time Machine host for my family's Macs has become read only. While this would normally be a nuisance, it's become a real problem in that I can't change it ...
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~/Sites folder gives 403 error

This is likely a stupid question, and it should be easy, but I'm clearly not seeing it. My local Sites directory seems to have changed permissions since using it yesterday. It's been working fine ...
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X11 application from 'administrator' account

Call me paranoid but my everyday account has no privileges. I have a 'administrator' account who is in wheel. When I want to perform administrative tasks, I open a terminal and do su - administrator ...
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Why do I not have sufficient permissions to restore my Library folder?

My machine with Lion installed failed to wake from sleep the other day, and all sorts of nastiness was in evidence after a power-button shutdown and restart. Not to worry, I thought, I'll use Time ...
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How to set permissions on network interfaces?

At each reboot, the permissions on the network devices /dev/bpf* are changed. As a developer, I want write acccess on these files. This can easily be fixed with a chmod. What is the most elegant ...
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Hierarchal folder permissions problems

MacOS Snow Leopard and Lion: permissions set for a folder aren't inherited by new files copied into it or created in it.
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Can't install Homebrew on Mac OS X Lion

I followed the simple instructions on Homebrew's homepage: Paste this at a terminal prompt: /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)" But I get the following permission ...
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How to create a pseudo-guest account in Lion with FileVault 2?

The guest account always had very limited permissions, unfortunately since activating FileVault on Lion it's deactivated by default. (More about it here: Unable to create Guest Account after enabling ...
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Security problem if Mac Os X file sharing permissions for “everybody” is set to read-only?

What does "everybody" exactly mean in File Sharing in the Sharing Preference Pane in Mac Os X. Sounds as if everybody in the local network could read my files without authentication if its set to read-...
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How do I edit Managed Client preferences without them getting replaced?

Specifically I would like to edit com.apple.applicationaccess.new.plist. (Which is in /Library/Managed Preferences/[username]/), but when I restart the computer my edited preferences are replaced with ...
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What does “Always Allow…” actually do?

That is, what files does it actually change? I am deploying a new version of an application on to multiple machines (100+) and when I test it on a machine, the "You do not have permission to use the ...
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What are the default permissions on the Applications folder in OS X supposed to be?

I was trying to run VirtualBox on OS X when I got the error: Failed to open a session for the virtual machine tinyXP. Failed to load VMMR0.r0 (VERR_SUPLIB_WORLD_WRITABLE). Unknown error creating VM (...
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Xcode problem with directory permissions

I'm trying XCode4. I created a new project, told XCode to put in my ~/develop/ directory, but then I immediately get asked: “Test project” is locked for editing and you may not be able to save ...
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How can a standard user backup everything using Time Machine?

I have concern regarding this behavior. When I use Time Machine as a standard user, it backs up everything (including data of users I do NOT even own). I realize that I still cannot access it, but ...
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Problems saving changes to /etc/sshd_config

I am trying to setup my mac mini as a secure git server, I'm following this very helpful blog post, http://www.tomdalling.com/blog/software-processes/how-to-set-up-a-secure-git-server-at-home-osx. ...
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Can I schedule a periodic file permissions repair?

Can I schedule a periodical file permissions repair? With Automator, maybe?
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How do I install an application for just one user?

How do I install an application for just one user, without using administrative permissions or affecting any other users?
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How do I clean up the simple finder for a parental controlled account?

We gave our son a parental controlled account on the iMac (Snow Leopard) and while we were able to limit the apps, we don't even want him to see the restricted apps. Plus, he is using the "Simple ...
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Xcode not letting me open a specific project

When i try to open a specific project in xcode (i can open my other projects just not the most important one) i get this error I have gone in "Get Info" and made sure my account had complete ...
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Change the permission of multiple files using the GUI

I am looking for a way to change the permission of multiple files using the GUI. I tried to select all the files and hit show info in the right click context menu, but this opens multiple dialogs ...
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How to make items copied into a folder respect its permissions?

I shared a folder of pictures on my OSX 10.6 MacBook with my wife, who accesses it from her 10.5 MacBook. I created an account for her and gave her read/write permissions on the folder (via the Get ...
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AppleScript app started prompting to run or quit. How can I disable this?

I'm not entirely sure why this has started happening since this is completely new behaviour and I haven't done any system updates but I have a nice little toolbar app for my Snow Leopard Finder.app ...
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System Extensions Cannot Be Used Error

When installing certain software, usually anything printer related, I receive this error System extension cannot be used The system extension "/System/Library/Extensions/Belcarra. USBLAN_netpart....
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Why can't I send my files to the Trash?

When I try to delete some items, whether from the keyboard (Command+Delete) or by dragging to the Trash on the dock, I get a message informing me that I can only permanently delete the item. Why is ...
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How to allow a group to access a folder?

I want to allow the _www group to write to a folder. I clicked on the folder to go to the "Get Info". At the bottom there is a "Sharing & Permissions" section with a "+" to add users. However it ...
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Is “ignore volume ownership” the default for non-system partitions?

I realise it is the default for external drives but not sure about other partitions on a users system drive. I don't have separate partitions on my machine so I can't look for myself ;-)
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How can I copy files from my Mac to PC via Microsoft Remote Desktop?

I installed Microsoft's Remote Desktop and connected to a PC. How can I share files between my Mac and PC? When I use RDP on Windows, I can simply add a file to the clipboard and paste it inside the ...
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Deleted hash files; can't login anymore!

I've deleted the two hash files in the folder /private/var/db/shadow/hash/, corresponding to my login account. Now, I cannot login, and don't have any other account on my Mac with sudo permissions. ...
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How to fix a file that's read-only despite showing correct permissions

A file copied from a NTFS share has become read-only, other files in the same folder are OK. Finder's Info says in the Sharing & Permissions: You can only read Name Privilege myname (Me)...
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How to make iPhoto library back into bundle

I recently recovered from a disk failure and while most of my files are ok, I'm having trouble with my iPhoto library. While it appears that the data fro the iPhoto library is intact in the recovered ...
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repaired disk/permissions, now imac won't boot into login

My iMac has been running horrendously slow the past couple days, so I booted into the Snow Leopard CD and ran a disk repair and a permissions repair. Now I can't get past the spinner. It's been ...
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Permissions for new files in shared directory

We just got a new iMac are using the /Users/Shared directory to store media assets (pictures, audio, video) that we want accessible to all users on the machine. After copying over all the files ...
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How to make new certificate recognised?

We have a large number of Mac Minis that are running a piece of software that we have developed and have been distributed to various clients. We recently updated our code signing certificate as the ...
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Seeing current permissions for a file?

How can I see the permissions for a file (e.g. if I want to recreate those permissions for another file using chmod)? For example after I run chmod 644 on foo.txt, what command, if any, can I run on ...
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Why am I getting a “dubious ownership of file” error when Launch Agent runs my .plist file?

I have a Launch Agent configured to run a .plist file for example: /Library/LaunchAgent/foo.plist. Inside this .plist, it is set to run during LoginWindow and Aqua. When I attempt to launch my ...
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Installing mc (midnight commander) without root access?

How do I do that? The normal installers (with .pkg files) ask for a root password. It is possible to run normal mac software without root access, but how do I run and install this shell software?
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Are my permissions for /usr/local/ correct?

I’m using HomeBrew for my port needs (seems a bit “cleaner” than MacPorts). I can install without sudoing (which is great), but the man linking step seems to require it (/usr/local/share/man/man3 ...
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Why Has the “Downloads” folder become Read-Only?

Recently my Downloads folder has become read-only. This prevents Safari form saving any file amongst other annoyances. As you can see from the below image the folder is read-only but I have plenty of ...