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

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Files synced by Synk Pro have wrong owner on both synchronized Macs – how can I fix it?

I sync some folders within my Home folder between two Macs (running Lion and Mountain Lion) using Synk Pro, a commercial live file sync application. I have the same account name on both computers. ...
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Permissions error when downloading or quick-looking attachments in mail.app after symlinking Mail Downloads directory

Awhile back, I symlinked my ~/Library/Mail Downloads directory to ~/Downloads so that my email attachments would be downloaded to the same location that all my other applications download files to. ...
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Cannot Save/Edit to Mac Share Using Mountain Lion

The problem: Under Mountain Lion (10.8.3) I cannot create new files or save changes to a particular share, which is running Lion (10.7). I can connect to the shared Mac on my local network (in a ...
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Homebrew installed PostgreSQL for use by multiple accounts

I'm using Homebrew to install PostgreSQL (PG) on a MacBook Air. admin user brew installed PostgreSQL. I'd like another (mobile account) user to be able to use the database for Rails development. ...
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Default permissions for new users in OS X Server

I'm creating mobile users in MT Lion Server through Workgroup Manager 10.8. I've set it up so that when the user logs in to the client machine, the network share point auto mounts. This gives access ...
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Is there a best / OSX-specific way to force all files created in a directory to have certain group ownership?

Basically I need any file filefoo that is newly created by userfoo or userbar, both members of groupfoo, in /Users/Shared/SpecialDirectory to have the same ownership that would be achieved by that ...
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Why is it that I can no longer access some folders in my old time machine backups and how can I get access?

So I recently had IT reformat my Mac OS 10.6 laptop to put a 10.8 image on it. When I first got it back I could still access all folders in my old backups, including the Library folder under my old ...
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Networking dead after a disk/permissions repair

After a strange string of events, I'm left with broken networking on my iMac (21" i3, 10.6). It started on Fri. when a co-worker could not get jobs from this iMac, they were saying he didn't have ...
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Something is messing with my disk permissions, which breaks a lot of file-related stuff. Can I find out what is causing this?

This has been happening for months, and I have no idea what's causing it. Something on my Mac keeps mucking with disk permissions, and it seems like a trivial set of stuff Java-related library ...
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No right to open file once copied on the desktop

I'm new to Mac, so I may not have the correct vocabulary. We have a Mac 10.5.x configured to share files with AFP and SMB. We have 4 other Mac as clients, various versions between 10.5 and 10.6. ...
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allow sudo to another user without password

I want to be able to 'su' to a specific user, allowing me to run any command without a password being entered. For example: If my login were user1 and the user I want to 'su' to is user2: I would ...
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Why were my permissions different from the default and what are the implications of “fixing” them?

For some time now my Finder "Get Info" dialogs have been displaying "Fetching...", and I recently decided to fix the problem by following the instructions for resetting my home folder permissions. As ...
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What is the effect of permissions on external drives?

I've set the permissions on files on my removable external drives in ways that seem to make sense to preserve some degree of security. For example, for files that only I should have access to, I've ...
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Require login to be able to see anything on wiki server?

In addition to having wikis, the wiki server built into OS X Server also allows users to host blogs and personal file storage. By default, it appears that these functions are enabled, even if you are ...
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Homebrew: change name of group ownership in /usr/local/ so admins and standard users can brew

I have a local admin user and a few "network" mobile users (without admin privileges) who need to be able to brew on a Mac. So, these 'network' users are not members of the group admin and probably ...
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Move file from HDD to SSD

I've recently added an SSD drive to my Macbook, and I'm using my HDD to store my files. Sometimes I want to move a file from my HDD to my SSD though. Whenever I try to drag it, Finder only allows me ...
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Set parental controls on an Admin account

So this is a strange question, but I'm starting to get really organized and stuff, and I want to make sure my computer shuts off at 10:00 (I'm in high school). The problem is, being the only admin on ...
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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is?

I've recently become nigh on obsessive with cleaning out extra space on my hard drive, and I'm trying to delete a program called "Rowmote Helper." Whenever I try to delete it, it says it can't be ...
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How can I make a folder and its contents automatically owned by two people?

Ok, in the /Users/Shared/ folder I have my DropBox folder. I have read/write permissions set for me and my wife (shared computer). However, if she creates a folder/file in the DropBox folder, I can ...
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How do I create a read-only access for wiki server?

I would like to create a new user account for the wiki server but with read only access to the content. The admin guide says that it can be done but it doesn't say how! Do you happen to know?
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To repair permissions for Lion, is it safe to use Disk Utility in Recovery OS for Mountain Lion?

Background and question I read of someone using a Mountain Lion Recovery System to attempt repair permissions of an installation of Lion. I understand that for repair of permissions of Lion, it may ...
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How can I fix getting permission errors when I try to copy from a mounted drive? [closed]

I'm attempting to install Open Office and when I drag the app over to the application folder. Both by dragging it onto the provided shortcut or if I drag it directly to the folder I get this error ...
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Can't do anything with external hard drive, “.Trashes” is probably the boogyman

I bought an external Samsung hard drive today. But I'm not able to do anything with it. Here are the problems I'm having: I can't put anything on the hard drive. Finder gets stuck at 'preparing ...
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How can I make my microSD card writable?

I have a macbook pro running Snow Leopard. I have Tuxera NTFS drivers. I have a microSD card, in an adapter, in the slot. The "lock" slider is in the "unlocked" position. 'Get Info' tells me the ...
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Permissions on network sharepoint weird OS 10.5.8

In my office we have a RAID array that is an external drive connected to a Server, running OS 10.4.11 Server, and several Sharepoints are defined on this drive. I mount these volumes on my desktop, ...
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Moving a folder with “sudo mv”, how to preserve ACLs?

I'm moving a whole folder from one volume to another (both HFS+), using sudo mv, and thought ACLs would be preserved. However at the end of transfer I see that they haven't been kept, and since mv ...
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iMac hanging on startup

I've got a 2011, 21.5" iMac with a 1TB hard drive (likely Seagate, although I don't think I can check right now). After it froze, I did a cold restart by holding down the power button for a few ...
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What causes chmod to not work on an ssh file in OSX?

I am trying to mount private keys from USB stick. OSx does not allow me to change their permissions, why? How can I change them? In other words, how can I add private keys from random USB stick to ...
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Sharing a single Dropbox between multiple accounts on one Mac - possible?

This seems like it should be easy, but... My partner and I use a single Dropbox.com account to keep all of our joint projects synced up between our computers - and this has been working great for ...
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The document “X” could not be autosaved. You don’t have permission

I have a Mac OSX Lion file share over the AFP protocol in our office and users are having trouble saving to it. Here's the process: Open an existing file on the server Make changes Save changes, ...
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OSX server 10.6 and umask

I'm trying to set up our server so that file permissions make sense. We have a mac mini running OSX 10.6.7. Through our desktop Macs, we connect to shared folders on that server and save files on it, ...
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Set inherited permissions on iLifeAssetManagement?

I have a second user account on my machine that is only used for iCloud syncing for my wife's apple id. In order to consolidate photostream photos I'm going to set up a process to pull new photos out ...
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Folder in root greyed out in Finder but accessible in Terminal

I've just migrated from an old MBP to a new one. I had a folder Transmachina in the root in which I keep a large SVN working copy. I just copied this over with cp -R but on the new machine this folder ...
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Permissions of User directory are wrong after manual restore

I manually restored the files in my User directory running cp from the Mac OS X Mountain Lion restore disk. Now I can not access my files anymore, and ls -l prints this: drwx------ 2 root admin ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file so that I can change it?

I want to edit Info.plist for TextEdit. (Here's why.) I'm running OS 10.7, 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 ...
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Odd permissions issues on Windows Share

I'm handling the IT for a Mac based design studio and they're having weird issues with files on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server. They should have complete access to everything, they can create, ...
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Asking for password when adding new folder in /Users/…/Sites/?

My Mac's hard drive was recently replaced, and I copied my folders over from my old drive to the new one. One problem, however, is my sites folder. Originally, I had them located in ...
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Limit list of apps user can launch?

In Windows it is possible to configure system so, that user runs only some list of applications (for example Word, Excel, PowerPoint...) and user can't launch anything else. How can I configure OS X ...
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File has different owner if examined using `sudo`

I have some files backed up on an external HD, and according to Finder they're all owned by my standard user account. According to Terminal, however, they're owned "unknown" if I look at them using ...
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Migrating to new user account: must chown old account's files… I think

Is there a way to selectively chown the files/folders owned by a particular user, while leaving other files/folders untouched? I'm in the process of migrating to a fresh user account on my machine. I ...
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How to create user only for wiki?

Does anyone know how I would create a user, maybe by email address, that would only be able to access a specific wiki on lion server? I'm trying to allow access for clients (not OS X clients) that ...
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Permission Problems for copied files from NAS

I access my Synology NAS via AFP and can open/edit all of my files directly on it. But when I copy a file to my desktop I can't open it. Finder tells me I don't have appropriate permissions. When I ...
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Network share permissions problems in Mountain Lion

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I have experienced some weird problems with network share permissions. This network share is a Windows server which I login to like so: ...
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Launchctl:Dubious permissions on file: Problem Installing Jenkins

I'm trying to install Jenkins on 10.6.8 and part of this requires that modify the plist launch daemon. org.jenkins-ci.plist which is owned by root. I was using admin and I gave admin permission to ...
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Mountain Lion: Problem With Permissions

I recently tried compiling Textmate 2 now that it's open sourced. Followed all the directions hereand downloaded all the dependencies. Now, when I tried to build (using ./configure && ninja) I ...
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How can I restore file permissions to get my Mac booting again?

Out of curiosity, I set the permissions on my hard drive from "everyone" to "no access". The drive then turned into a blue folder with a red circle on it. I restarted and now I’m stuck at the gray ...
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Parental Controls Always Allow does not work

I have enabled Parental Controls on my son's MacBook Pro (OS X 10.8.1, Mountain Lion) and have restricted the applications his account can use. Everything works fine with the exception of Minecraft ...
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How do I run BeyondCompare in X11 as root?

I used WineBottler to install Beyond Compare on my Mac. It runs within an X11 environment. (It works great, by the way.) But it cannot access many folders to which my user account does not have ...
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How to move the Downloads folder (in Mountain Lion) to another disc

I want the "Downloads" folder not on the system drive but on my second internal drive. In Lion I just deleted the "Downloads" folder and replace it with an alias with the same name (pointing to the ...
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Is there a way to load a LaunchAgent as another user?

From a script run as root I copy a LaunchAgent .plist to /Users/xyz/Library/LaunchAgents. If I load that via launchctl logged in as user xyz it works without problems. If I try to load it from the ...