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

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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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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 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 ...
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How do I remove file access for unknown user (as reported by Finder's File Info)?

File Info, under Sharing & Permissions, says "You have custom access" and lists: Name Privilege joe (user) Read & Write staff (group) Read & Write everyone Read only ...
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Odd Problem: Duplicate user with identical name listed twice

I restored files onto my new computer using Time Machine (from my old computer). I manually restored specific files and folders. The user name was the same on the old MacBook Pro and the new MacBook ...
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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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How to move file from one users account to another? Permission denied.

I'm trying to move the file of a virtual machine from one users account to the other. So basically I want to move /Users/joe/Win7.vm to /Users/jane/Win7.vm but I can't figure out how to do it through ...
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file not behaving as it should, permission problems

I cannot delete or move a file owned by me which I have read write permissions. Could anybody help me figure out why? The file is owned by me in group staff and perms are set to 644. The file is ...
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How do I create an easily accessible directory outside of /Users/<my username>?

I want to sync/backup my entire Home (/Users/) directory to other computers using Bittorrent Sync. Right now my Home directory contains my DropBox folder, which (at 17GB) I do not want to be part of ...
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Changed /Users folder permission at boot time [duplicate]

Some application (or script) changes the permission of my /Users folder from 755 to 777 at every boot. So, when I change it back to 755 (or repair perm with DiskUtility) it is good until the next ...
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Why is the diagnostic message history not writable as normal user?

When I use normally the OS as a plain user I get frequent console messages like: 20/05/14 08:21:28,194 SubmitDiagInfo[5376]: Launched to submit Diagnostics and Usage 20/05/14 08:21:28,735 ...
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How to fix permission denied for home folder with Apache in Mavericks?

I recently activated the apache that ships with OS X Mavericks. I followed some tutorial to set up the web-server, however. When I browse to my home-filter at http://localhost/~nazeem, I get the ...
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Block an application's read/write access to a specific file in OS X?

The premise is this: I have an app which has been set in its code to only run on OS X versions 10.4 to 10.9.2. (When I try to install it, it gives a message "This version of ____ is for Mac OS X 10.4 ...
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Permissions of /Users keep changing back to drwxrwxrwx

I use the Disk Utility to repair it. But the permissions change back after reboot. Permissions differ on “private/etc/aliases”; should be lrwxr-xr-x ; they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ ...
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Understanding the 'staff' user group

It's known that all users are members of the 'staff' group. If you setup a standard user and create any file, a list of that file in the terminal with 'ls -la' shows the user group to be 'staff'. ...
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How to inherit ACL's/permissions automatically when creating new folder using Finder?

We are using an Iomega file storage which is connected to our network. Our Windows Domain Controller is creating a share to this file storage, so our Windows users can easily access the share using ...
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necessary access permissions

I have just installed a ssd drive into my iMac mid 2010 formatted the drive and installed Maverick and migrated only my applications from the old system drive which is now in a dock station. all when ...
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Duplicate PERMISSION SCHEMES in “Get Info” window for HDs /in OSX -on new /newer Macs

I am running Mavericks (booted from external drive): from a super-fast solid-state HD (Thunderbolt v1 cabled); I reinstalled the 10.9.2 OSX a while ago - due to permissions rebuilds /other weirdness, ...
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Applications assume Home folder to be /home/{user}

All my apps have started identifying Home folder as /home/{user} rather than /Users/{user}. This is causing them not to be able to launch as they can't be launched due to inability to write/read from ...
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Dropbox asking for permissions to wrong folder after changing account name

I just got a new macbook and is now installing apps to it. After setting up Dropbox and everything else, I decided that I wanted to change the account name (which was previously "mac") to my name. ...
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When I changed permissions on an NTFS drive, all files are hidden in Finder. How do I make them visible again?

I have a Seagate external hard drive which is formatted in NTFS. The hard drive came with this Paragon NTFS driver. It works great, but when I clicked "Apply Permissions to Enclosed Items" in the ...
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User /System Permissions none.(Set to 000)

A previously called friend of mine (As for now, after this he is no longer called that way) was messing up with my computer without my knowledge , and ultimately he set the System folder permissions ...
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Can't write to ~/Library, even though permissions look OK

I'm totally stumped on this one — a Macbook Air, 10.9.2. As far as I can tell, I should be able to write to my Library directory. Everything I can see suggests I should be able to: [njvack@zot ...
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Finder folder permission asking

some folders on my mac asks your my password to rename, add, delete files in a folder. I checked the folder privileges in Get Info to compare with normal folders, it was the same but the result is ...
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TextEdit refuses to modify a file in /Users/Shared owned by another user despite mode 666

I have a text file in /Users/Shared that I would like to be editable by all users on my Mac. The Get Info window shows that everyone has read and write access, and when I open the file with TextEdit ...
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Permission error on postinstall from App Store

I'm trying to install an application using the App Store on Mavericks. The download succeeds, but the install hangs at the very end of the process. I've been through the standard procedures ...
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Run sudo From Non-Admin Account

Okay, so I'm gearing up to get a new machine so I'm looking at how I can organise things better. Now, currently I use an admin account as my main login account, but I know that that's probably not ...
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Weird Permissions/ Sandboxing issue: installer.app is not entitled for system.install.apple

There is a serious ownership/ permissions/ entitlements fault in my 10.7 install. What happened: 1) After swapping the stock drive for an Intel SSD of the same size in my Mac Mini 1,2 (2006 -ish?), ...
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Can't chmod or chown a file in TimeMachine backup directory

When trying to restore a certain directory from TimeMachine (TM) I'm getting the error The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access problem_group_file.png. Looking ...
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Mavericks: User no longer owner of Home folder and content

One of the Users (called: The_Problematic_User) of a Mavericks installed MacBook Pro is no longer owner of the Home folder and content. Here's what we've tried to no avail: restart computer and log ...
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Permissions For Mounted Backup Disk

I just dropped a new SSD into where the optical drive was on my macbook pro. I did a clean install of 10.9, and i left the old drive as is without running migration assistance. My Old HD is now ...
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Why is permission denied on this folder?

I'm trying to understand why I do not have access to a sub-folder in my "Downloads" folder. The folder in question has the following rights: drw-r--r-- 29 laurent staff 986B Feb 20 14:06 Example ...
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OSX Mavericks Root User

I know it is possible to enable root user and then logging in as the root user. But is it possible to get root access with your admin account in OSX Mavericks? It is kinda annoying to always type the ...
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Permissions won't let me delete a file on a shared school server

I'm on OS X Mavericks. When I click on Get Info it doesn't even have a drop down of selections for permissions. It just says read/write but it really won't let me do anything. I can't delete nor edit ...
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trust self signed certificates from employer

I manually set the permissions to each individual from my employer to Always Trust, is there a way to just Always Trust my companies self signed cert? The biggest problem is email attachments, they ...