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

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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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Questions about permissions, specifically across machines

I've got a couple of external HDDs and I've noticed the permissions on them are differ, which has got me wondering how a few things work. On the hard drive that seems to be normal, it has the ...
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OS X 10.11 Not able to change the folder permission

I have root permission but still I am not able to change the folder permission sudo chmod -R 777 /Applications/Safari.app/Contents/MacOS/ chmod: Unable to change file mode on ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is adding root to the user group staff safe?

So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group. When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file. To avoid ...
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I get a permission denied error when trying to run pip

I am trying to run the following command: pip install -U pip setuptools However, I get this error output: Requirement already up-to-date: pip in /Library/Python/2.7/site-packages Collecting ...
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SMB share can't rename files/folders

On occasion cannot rename or delete files & folders on a Windows Server 2012 R2 SMB share from a Macbook. Mac OS X 10.10 build 14A389a The SMB share has granted "Everyone" with Full Control ...
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How to give access to my user and _www

I am new to mac and running a website through apache server. The code for my application is being accessed by the _www user, so I set the ownership to _www user but then when I try to edit a file from ...
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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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File can't be moved by root on OS X

I tried to move a few files to a subfolder on OS X. One refused to move. It said Operation not permitted. I tried again as root: $ sudo mv file subfolder/ mv: rename file to subfolder/file: Operation ...
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LSOpenURLsWithRole() failed for the application /Applications/darktable.app with error -10810

Darktable mysteriously stopped working on me yesterday. I tried restarting my iMac, deleting and re-installing darkable and finally after going through some forums I tried running through the ...
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User permissions problem after restoring from Time Machine to a new user Mac OS X El Capitan

My old MacBook Pro died so I did a restore from a Time Machine backup to an iMac. I did the restore to a new user so the info already in the iMac would not be lost. Everything went smoothly and I have ...
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How Do I Reset the Sharing & Permission Setting on a MacBook?

When you select the "Get Info" option, the mac will bring up a pop-up with the various attributes of the object selected. In the "Sharing & Permissions" section, you can set the access level. ...
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How to figure out what is causing the ownership of /usr/local to change from my-username to root

I use homebrew as a package manager for certain web development app. To keep brew up-to-date I run update brew every couple of days and also run brew doctor. Usually, this is fine and brew tells me ...
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Cannot open Terminal on mac (“Not allowed to use” error message)

I cannot open Terminal at all because of this error message. (Probably the rudest error message I have ever seen on a computer.) This mac was originally a school computer and the permission to use ...
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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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Is there any way to run Network Link Condition from a Standard User account?

There is a known issue in Network Link Conditioner where if you install it in the normal way (Xcode > Open Developer Tool > More Developer Tools > Install Hardware Tools) it will run from an Admin ...
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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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su returns `permission denied'

When I su admin, I get shell-init: error retrieving current directory: getcwd: cannot access parent directories: Permission denied What is the correct/best way to give the user admin access to ...
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Unsuccessful attempt to repair permissions with OnyX on El Capitan

I'm trying to execute the maintenance script in OnyX and I keep on getting the same errors at each pass: Permissions in the X11 folder are constantly being repaid (i.e. OnyX is showing that it ...
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Chrome won't quit! (Mac Yosemite)

I tried normal quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit, and it closes and immediately re-opens. I tried force quit from the Activity Monitor, and it closes and immediately ...
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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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Info.plist is always readonly

I want to edit Finder Info.plist file that is located here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Info.plist But when I try to edit the file by vi the file is readonly. # vi ...
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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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Cannot open/save files on El Capitan. Is this a permissions problem?

I have some issues with my file system on my MacBook; I am running OS X El Capitan with an SSD. For instance, if I make a screenshot, save the file on my desktop, and then immediately try to open the ...
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How do I ignore ownership on an external hard drive without using Get Info?

I have been trying to set my external hard drive to ignore ownership in permissions, but I can't seem to do it. I am trying to enable the ignore ownership option because I am trying to run Xcode from ...
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Why is “com.apple.quarantine” extended permission being added to downloaded files?

Recently I found downloaded files were not accessible through my web browser when viewing a site running inside a VirtualBox server. I noticed downloaded files have the extended permission ...
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Installing Adobe Reader without granting full administrative privileges

I agree with the OP of the question How can I open a .pkg file manually? that it is not so nice to grant administrative privileges to software that you do not trust "completely". The following ...
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Changing configurations for Jrnl

Greetings to the apple community. I'm a newbie to mac and the terminal and I have no previous exposure to Linux. I have only casually used computers. However I've been wanting to step up my game and ...
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What does sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local and sudo chgrp wheel /usr/local do?

I uninstalled Homebrew, manually removed the /usr/local contents. The following possible Homebrew files were not deleted: /usr/local/.DS_Store /usr/local/bin/ /usr/local/etc/ /usr/local/include/ ...
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Can't write to /usr/lib

I upgraded to OS X El Capitan and tried to install a new app (MPLAB X from Microchip) but I got an error because it couldn't copy a library to /usr/lib even when it asked for root password. I tried to ...
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bit lost wrt to permissions and users

So I am installing postgresql and it mostly works, kinda. I have a user postgres that was create by the postgres createuser commmand. I understand that the intent is a do-nothing user that can just ...
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Keychain: Beachball When Visualizing Password

I can use the passwords in the keychain when opening a program, but if I try to display the password in the keychain entry I get asked for the root password. When entering the root password the ...
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How can I make all files created in a shared directory inherit the permissions and ownership(If possible) of the directory it was created in?

Is there a way to set inherited permissions automatically on shared files, so everyone can work off the same shared directories? I've spent hours searching for solutions and talking with Apple support ...
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How to fix 403 in Mac OS X built-in Apache?

I'm trying to set a local environment on my new MacBook Air 13": built-in Apache with my own DocumentRoot, PHP, and MySQL. I usually update /etc/hosts just to run my local websites with a pretty ...
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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: ...
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How do I remove multiple owners from a file/folder?

While trying to set up MAMP/PHPStorm, I CHOWNed the OWNER of my Sites folder to _www from myUser. Since this did not resolve the problem I was experiencing, I attempted to CHOWN myUser ...
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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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Accidentally changed owner of /var system folder recursively to myself

Long story short, accidentally I ran sudo chown -R myusername /var/ and now my mac won't boot anymore (after entering user password for hdd decryption loading bar is slowly filled and after it gets ...
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Trying to replace volume sound in OS X to what was present before. Encountering permissions problems even as root. Help?

I'm trying to get the old volume feedback noise on my MacBook. I have a copy of the sound file but the system is refusing to let me replace it, even as root. I found this article that also explained ...
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Permissions errors thrown, but permissions appear to be correct

On my HD, I have a bunch of files that I've generated via Python scripts (or otherwise). When I run "open foo.png" from terminal (or via finder), I get a popup that says The file “foo.png” ...
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Safe to change permissions/ACLs for `~/.ssh/known_hosts`?

My initial problem: I am using git with SSH for authentication. Each time I push/pull, I get The authenticity of the host […] can’t be established, and after confirming to trust the host, I can ...
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Strange bug with Google Drive on Mac OS X?

It seems as though for random files after what seems to be a random amount of time, the file permissions are somehow changed. I have the app set up on a PC as well (running windows 7). This is ...
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File permission problems after migration to iMac

I used the migration assistant to transfer files from my MacBook Pro (2011) to my iMac. Both computers run Mavericks. Now I'm not allowed to modify files which originate from my 'old' computer because ...
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/usr/bin Permission change

I am trying to set up Java on Xcode and it needs to access /usr/bin/java at some point. But I cannot get hold of this folder and I get this message: The folder “java” can’t be opened because you don’t ...
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Grayed out folder won't open in finder

I've never see this before. Here's the facts: It appears to be grayed out in the finder I can not open it by clicking I can move the folder The permissions are set to 777 (overkill i know) I can ...