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

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My Desktop seems to be “locked”. How can I fix this?

I am having some problems with my Desktop on a relatively new Lion install. I can't move folders around (when I try, the icon gets the slashed-O "no" symbol and they bounce back where they came from),...
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Configure sandbox permissions

While trying to modify a property list I was rather surprised to receive the following error sh-3.2# cp com.apple.mDNSResponder.plist com.apple.mDSNResponder.plist.backup cp: com.apple.mDSNResponder....
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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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How to mount a shared folder as disk with `rwxr-xr-x` permissions?

I shared a folder from the host system (OSX) and use mount it in the guest system (OSX). But it is mounted only with rwx------ mode. I granted an rw access for the shared folder for a user in the ...
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What point is there in using an everyday non-admin account on OS X?

This piece of advice is old but is coming back into fashion. I have seen it a lot recently, on a number of Mac websites or forums. "Your ‘everyday’ user account should not be an admin account. It ...
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launchctl gives permission error

I have a user named 'tv' (OS X 10.11.5) and I have these files in /Users/tv/Library/LaunchAgents/ # ls -lsa /Users/tv/Library/LaunchAgents/ total 16 0 drwxr-xr-x 4 tv staff 136 Jun 24 20:46 . 0 ...
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Flash Local Shared Object storage security issue?

I have encountered some strange behavior when navigating through the flash Local Shared Object folders on my computer running OS X version 10.11.5 The behavior is as follows: Navigate to the base ...
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How to use pip after the OS X El Capitan upgrade?

After the El Capitan update, I am unable to run pip install. The error I get is that the "operation is not permitted" when pip tries to create new folders while installing. creating /System/Library/...
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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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Public folders or “All Users” folder in Mac?

I have a web server in OS X Server with an open source digital asset management system installed: ResourceSpace. The main Web Root folder is shared via FTP and with permissions set to "All Users". I'...
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Maximal process supplementary group ids

I've seen that the maximal number of groups per process is 16 /usr/include/sys/syslimits.h #define NGROUPS_MAX 16 /* max supplemental group id's */ However, if I type 'id' command from ...
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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 machine,...
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Permission issue when installing a Mac Service

I have an installer for Mac OS X, which tries to install the program as a service. As usual during the installation process the user has to confirm their password, which allows the install. However, ...
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File Sharing Mac-PC results in Permission Changed and Locked Files

Recently I decided to recycle one of my old Macs into a home-file-sharing-server. The Mac running Yosemite is connected to a router with Ethernet and is running PLEX server. A hard drive is also ...
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Photoshop on mac “could not save [file] because write access was not granted”

I've been seeing this error a lot lately: Could not save [file] because write access was not granted I've checked all the standard reasons why permission to save a file might be denied: The ...
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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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Preview refuses to open pdf file, incorrectly claiming a permission issue

I had to force quite Preview (it became unresponsive after trying to open a 200Mb animated gif), but after re-starting it some files there were open before no longer open. Instead an error box pops up ...
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Missing folder and it's contents on external hard drive. Permissions issues too

I did a deep search to see if I could find an answer. I had posted this incorrectly in the wrong place but then found this group. And I hope some genius can help me. I've had a Toshiba drive that ...
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Why can't I create a directory on a mounted USB drive after mkdir, but finder new directory works?

I'm trying to create a directory on a USB3 mounted hard disk drive and it is failing even though the permissions are open: bash-3.2$ ls -al total 0 drwxrwxrwx+ 2 user user 68 Jun 3 18:24 . ...
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What is daemon user on mac?

I installed XAMPP on mac and it uses the user daemon. I have trouble accessing an external site that I have setup for which I am getting "Access Denied" error. This is likely because daemon user does ...
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Sharing common folder in OS Mavericks and on Windows 8?

I have many PC with Windows 8.1 and a Mac with Mavericks. I have a folder on the Mac that is shared with the PC. "Share" folder which is shared over network . I want help regarding this : 1) I want ...
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Repairing permissions twice gives the same result

If I repair permissions twice in a row, without launching any apps or processes while I do this, the results are almost the same: Why is it that the second time around, the problems seem to be ...
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Confounded by permissions problem on NFS share

I'm setting up an NFS server (Ubuntu) to serve files to several Macs (10.7). The way it's set up, I can log in from any Linux client and read/write over NFS exactly as expected. (I've set up ACL ...
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How to reset to default permissions

During development and debugging I have changed permissions of various files and folders using chown and chmod on my local system (I didnt maintain the list of changes). Now that I have fixed the ...
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SD flash card READ-ONLY all of a sudden

I have a MacBook Air running Yosemite. I have an external SD drive that I save files to frequently. Info on SD drive says it's READ-ONLY all of a sudden? I am the ONLY person that uses this drive ...
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Folder of second hdd unaccessible for other users

I have a Macbook pro with El Capitan and two HDDs. The second drive I wish to use as a sharing area with my wife who has a user on the same notebook. I created a folder and put some files there. She ...
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SSH rejecting key file with extended attributes

In my .ssh/ directory, when running $ ssh-add dev Permissions 0755 for 'dev' are too open. But looking at the dev file $ ls -lF dev -rw-------@ 1 me staff 1675 Feb 3 09:37 dev The @ at the ...
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Home sharing on iPhone: “You don't have permission to access the requested resource ”

I've configured Home sharing to work just fine on my iPad and Apple TV, however for some reason on my phone I get an error pop up saying "You don't have permission to access the requested resource" ...
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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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Can the default permissions on /dev/disk* be changed?

Is it possibile to change default permissions /dev/disk*? In Linux this is done in the udev configuration files; which is the equivalent on OS X? I'd like to give group write permissions so members ...
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Password required to pause / resume printer

We've got several macs (macbook pros + mac minis) in our office. Most of the users are running osx 10.9 and dont have admin access. If they hit pause on the printer dialog they and then try to ...
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Can't create new directory in home folder: What are “default” permissions/ownership?

I do know how to set permissions. But what is the default OS X permission and ownership for one's home directory. I can't create a dir. How is mine different? (See snippet): jbenniMac:~ jbenni$ pwd /...
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Make files in `/usr/local` writable for homebrew

I've been trying to get homebrew working nicely, but it appears everything inside /usr/local isn't writable, and everything falls over. It keeps telling me to recursively chown /usr/local, and I ...
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Permissions on previous backup stopping me from restoring

I have acquired a new Macbook Pro, running El Capitan (10.11.4), I have a USB drive containing the TM backups of my previous Mac (running Yosemite 10.10.5). I have been reading about how to restore ...
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problem with installing Network Storage drivers

i have a problem with accessing to my iomega-ix2 network storage. when i read the manual, i found that i have to download and install certain files (download link is in the bottom) so when i download ...
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Mysterious “Staff” account on my school laptop

There's a account named staff, which I discovered had read permission on my home folder, when I did Get Info on it for an unrelated purpose. So, naturally, I went into System Preferences, and looked ...
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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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Do iPhone apps have permission to make calls without user interaction?

I was reading about a missed call scam just now where the user gets charged even if they don't call the number back. It occurred to me that a malicious iPhone app could make calls to premium numbers ...
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permission denied mkdir /Volumes

I'm getting a permission denied when attempting to create or mount at /Volumes on my mac. I'm an admin and I can do both of those things with sudo, but I don't understand why I have to use sudo on ...
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Wrong file group for various files and folders after restoring from Time Machine

After I change to an SSD and restored my computer form a Time Machine backup, all the files and folders in my users home folder have a wrong file group. They all have the file group set to 503, which ...
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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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Terminal Error: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in malloc_error_break to debug - Unable to Repair Permissions

I'm getting an error when I open Terminal saying: login(495,0x7fff77186000) malloc: *** error for object 0x7f8cdad0b780: pointer being freed was not allocated *** set a breakpoint in ...
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Sharing & Permissions has 2 “everyone” entries, OS X 10.10.5

I was doing some stuff with the system administrator to my computer and we are not sure what we did to have this happen but we now have 2 everyone permissions in nearly every file on my compute. The ...
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Access to MacBook Air backup files

I am trying to access some lost photos from a MacBook Air backup (I no longer have the computer). I am denied acess to pictures folder because I don't have permissions. How can I log in with password ...
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How do I edit an Info.plist file?

I want to edit three lines of file Whenever I try to edit it this comes up I already gave myself permission to Read & Write (I'm 21muffinp) The same thing still comes up, saying I do not ...
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I broke sudo - how do I fix it?

Apparently I can't sudo on my Mac any more. Piers-MacBook-Air:~ piersb$ sudo ls Password: Sorry, user piersb is not allowed to execute '/bin/ls' as root on Piers-MacBook-Air.local. Piers-MacBook-Air:...
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File permissions and saving to `smb` server

Suddenly I have the problem that I cannot save files with Xcode on a server mounted via cifs:// or smb://. [Xcode 6.1; Mac OS X 10.9]. I get the following uninformative error: I also checked the ...
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What happens if you used “rm -rf *” in /Users or /Users/someUser?

Note: Don't type rm or any variation of it into terminal under any circumstances if you are not experienced with the command line Does the Mac OS X block you from using rm in those directories to ...
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Share single dropbox account between two user accounts

I have two user accounts on my MacBook, one for work and other personal. I would like to share the same dropbox account between both user accounts with read & write access. Currently I have access ...
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About Mac computer's file permission

I was trying to install Joomla on my Macbook Air under XAMPP. I successfully installed it, but when I try to open the front-end, I keep getting this mkdir():permission denied error. Two questions ...