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

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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 ...
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Hibernate mode 25 for filevault messing with apps on wake

I recently started using Filevault 2 to encrypt my hard drive. I read that due to security vulnerabilities, it was recommended to change the sleep settings via sudo pmset -a destroyfvkeyonstandby 1 ...
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Moving Application to other folder

I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mountain Lion. Now when I open my application folder via the Dock there are different programs present, e.g. Automator, which I moved to the "Utilities" sub-folder ...
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Why can't I chmod to make a file executable without sudo?

On OS X 10.6.8, I made a small script file in my home directory and tried to make it executable. Surprisingly, I found that chmod had no effect until I ran it as super-user. I own and have write ...
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Mac App Store update issues after migrating to Retina MBP

I had a 2011 MBP and I just purchased the new RMBP. I used the startup migration assistant to port all my data, easy. But I'm getting weird issues, when I opened programs for the first time I was ...
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Permissions issues with shared folder

OK, I'm a certified Apple fan-boy but there are at least a dozen (or more) things that just REALLY annoy me with Apple. One of the big ones is multiple users using the same Mac. For example, I have ...
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What permissions do I need to give for my server setup?

I am trying to have a server setup for my web app locally on my MacBook Pro. I have installed Apache, PHP successfully and checked out my web app's code to /var/www location. Now there's a script in ...
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Whenever I try to delete a file in Finder I get “Finder wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this.”

I can't figure out why Finder isn't letting me delete files under my home directory without providing my password. Here's a listing of some files on my desktop: ~/Desktop steve 526$ ls -l@ flower* ...
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How do you set file permissions in Lion?

I just loaded Lion on my Mac and now cannot access certain files. How can I change the permissions of a certain file? I've tried to find the HD in Finder but it doesn't show up.
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How to correctly share a folder?

I would like to share a folder within a small lan (5 client mac). I have a partition with a folder 'Office' inside. I would like to assign to all folders and files the same ownership ('UserOffice') ...
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What's the “@”mark at the file description?

I installed princexml for Mac. With ls -alF, I have -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 prosseek admin 14190120 Jun 8 16:11 prince*. What's the meaning of @ in -rwxr-xr-x@? And when I tried to execute the binary, I got ...
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iTunes permissions on second drive

I upgraded my mac to use an SSD for System and Applications and moved Users to a second HDD. iTunes will not allow me to authorize. Here are my paths: /Mac/... (System, etc) /Volumes/Pig/Users/ ...
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How to set permission for an external hard drive formatted in Hfs+?

i've formatted an external hard drive in HFS+ using Ubuntu, and i've copied into 600 gb of data's. Now, i've connected it to a Mac OsX Lion and shared it to a lan with 4 mac's. The problem is that ...
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How to resolve permissions errors on OS X Lion after Homebrew install

I just upgraded from Snow Leopard to Lion and am trying to get Homebrew installed. However after the installation, I run brew doctor per the installation instructions, and see a series of errors ...
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Data on file exchange partition is owned by 1000 and locked. How can I unlock this in OS X?

I have created a file exchange permission that both OS X Lion and Ubuntu 12.04 can write to and read from. This partition is formatted as... Apple_HFS Exchange ...with journaling disabled. I have ...
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How do I prevent access to a folder on a non-boot drive

My /Users folder is on the boot drive. On another drive, I have a folder (F) that I want to protect by providing no access to other users. How can that be done without encrypting F?
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Best practice for installing applications for multiple users?

I have a MBP with Lion (10.7.3) on it and there are two user accounts on it, I use them to seperate work and private stuff, but when I install apps, I generally want to use/upgrade/remove them using ...
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Permission of external disk under Mac OS

I plug an external disk to the laptop whose system is Mac OS, but I can't create files/folders, or rename files in the disk... The Sharing & Permissions is You can only read. Does anyone know how ...
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Mercurial command line client not found

I have the latest version of Mercurial installed on a fully patched Lion and the Mercurial client cannot be accessed from the terminal ("command not found"). The command line client is installed in ...
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How to remove group membership from user using the Lion Terminal?

How to remove a self created daemon user named '_denyhosts' from group 1025(workgroup), 403(com.apple.sharepoint.group.2), 404(com.apple.sharepoint.group.3) and 405(com.apple.sharepoint.group.4) using ...
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Setting user & group in a new installation (Mac)

Our product is an Audio Units that needs to be installed in /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/Components/ In order to allow automatic updates, we need to create the Audio-Unit bundle (ourapp.component) with ...
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Cannot repair permissions on systemsetup (open error 1)

I've been noticing some issues with my Mac lately and decided to repair permissions (with Disk Utility). However, after getting through a few files I am presented with: Open error 1: “Operation not ...
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Mysterious permission denied

I am trying to save a file but get the error message saying file could not be saved. This happens only after the first time I save a new file. That means, if I create a new file saving works. BUt if I ...
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Changing User permissions - Seagate Hard Drive

All of a sudden, my hard drive has stopped working. I can only view its contents but can't store anything new now. I also can't change its permissions. What is the issue?
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How Should I Correct the Owners and Permissions in an OS X Lion User Folder?

My issue is that I've seriously busted all of the owners and permissions on my user folder and subfolders and it's causing lots of issues using lots of applications. The initial cause was that I had ...
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How do I set the default file permissions for GUI apps in Lion?

I've set my umask in my .bashrc file to 007. Any files created on the command line after loading my bashrc file respects this setting. I want to be able to set the umask to 007 for any files created ...
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What does “@” signify in unix file permissions?

I have a file with the following permissions on my MacBook Pro: -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 101K Feb 29 17:09 apachectl What does the @ stand for? I can't execute the file and this is the only ...
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Homebrew permissions & multiple users needing to brew update

I'm using Homebrew to manage package installs on Lion (Lion Server actually but this shouldn't matter). Homebrew was installed under one user. Now a different user would like to add a package and ...
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I know how to repair disk permissions. But… Who broke them?

One of the common Mac troubleshooting steps everyone always seems encouraged to try first is to "repair disk permissions" in Disk Utility. This process usually finds random odd problems, fixes them, ...
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Can't save files in my own directory due to insane permission error

I was working on my mac and saved a file. Continued to work on the file. One hour later, when I tried to save that file, I saw the message "The document could not be saved. You don't have permission". ...
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How do I repair permissions of a specific directory?

I want to repair permissions of a user defined directory along with it's subdirectories. How can I do this? So far, I've looked for options in finder and tried to drag the folder into Disk Utility. ...
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Global vs user Applications Folder

What is the difference between keeping applications in the global /Applications vs ~/Applications for a single user system on Lion? Does the applications in the global location get extra ...
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The document “x” could not be saved. You don’t have permission

I am getting the following error: The document could not be saved. You don't have permission The error is not helpful at all because it does not point to where I don't have permission. To save ...
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Changing file permissions on 10.6.8 after restore

A friend has a Macbook Pro that had the drive crash. A new hard drive was installed in the system and the OS was reinstalled. However, when they restored from their backup (using Retrospect), the ...
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Xcode Install problem

After installing Xcode and I try to open it I get blocked with a message "Scanning for Plug-in failed" and that I may not have appropriate permission..I was logged-in as an administrator. Do I need ...
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Mac OS X finder and disk utility not responding

My mac had turned slow and buggy - I did a reinstall. After a couple of attempts I succeeded with a "blank" install. I thought it was working fine but now the problems from before keeps popping up: ...
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Does not boot (endless spinning)

A friend of mine has forgot her password to a newly bought Macbook Pro, Lion. I've reset the password like described here by booting to single-user mode and deleting /var/db/.AppleSetupDone The Mac ...
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trouble deleting files from an external drive

When I try to delete folders/files from my External drive I get the below error after being asked to enter my admin password: The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to ...