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

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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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Getting loads of Open error 5's when using Terminal to repair permissions

My GF's MBP running on Mavericks broke down 2 days ago. First I tried to copy the contents of her HDD to an external HDD but got the I/O error time after time. Then I tried all the basic things like ...
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Why can a user on OS X open some directories of other users?

I run OS X Yosemite (10.10.3). From the sysadmin account, I created a standard account. This account can't open standard directories like Documents or Pictures in the admin’s user folder. It can ...
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Curiously removed permissions

I have a severe permissions' issue. I hope there are some really clever people out there, who might know how to solve this using the Terminal, expert-level hacking or in some really simple way so I at ...
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How Should I Correct the Owners and Permissions in an OS X 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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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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Cannot edit /etc/fstab to let NTFS drives write

I have Mac Os X 10.9 Mavericks. I want to write to NTFS drives. I followed the instructions here. The following command was not allowed to run: $ sudo echo "UUID=7575C85E-F6F7-4ABD-B7FB-6180B795DD81 ...
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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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Modifing a preference via applescript changes file group

I recently request help about modifying firewall settings via command-line (see my previous question). Everything is working, but I have noticed that whenever I use this command in an applescript, the ...
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OSX default file permissions when copying/saving files

Every time I save a file from a web browser or copy files from our local server to my machine, the default permission "for everyone" is set to none. I'm a web developer. Files that are non-readable ...
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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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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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Cannot open jpegs in preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5

When I try to open JPEG in Preview since upgrading to OS X 10.9.5, I get the message: "The file couldn't be opened because you do not have permission to view it. To view or change permissions, select ...
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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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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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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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Mac as a kiosk: How to effectively whitelist apps with Parental Controls?

I have various Mac Minis that I use as kiosks. I set them up to have an admin account and a user account managed with Parental Controls, which the machine auto-logs into and runs my native app full ...
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atd stopped working on OS X 10.10.3

I'm using OS X Yosemite, just updated to 10.10.3 and the at command and related (atq, atrm etc) have stopped working. Has atd been disabled in the latest 10.10.3? If so how do I investigate and ...
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Why can I open an app from Contents/MacOS/app but not by clicking the icon?

I have an application that is fully functional when opened from Show Package Contents > /Contents/MacOS/app however when I click the icon in the Applications folder the icon just keeps bouncing. ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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Copy recursively files and folders, but preserving everything while gaining ownership?

I would like to copy files and folders recursively from an external drive to my internal SSD. However, when I drag and drop, and, subsequently, when I use the copied files, I am always asked to enter ...
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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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How do I edit a 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 have ...
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How can I recover write permissions on an external drive after I upgraded my OS from 10.5 to 10.6.8?

Permissions were corrupted on one of my external drives shortly after upgrading my iMac from 10.5 to 10.6.8. Disk Utility recognizes the drive but will not allow permissions repair. How can I repair ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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How do I unlock a .plist file in /private/var/db/receipts so that I can change it?

I want to edit some com.myApp.plist. I'm running OS 10.10.3, 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 save it with ...
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Why do I need to “repair permissions” on my Aperture library in order to migrate to Photos?

After installing Apple Photos as part of the 10.10.3 update and attempting to migrate my Aperture library I get an error message about "permissions" on my Aperture library: What does this mean and ...
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Is it possible to use `tmutil delete` or another command to prune one file from multiple backups?

I'm having problems clearing our a backup drive. I want to get rid of a couple large files so I can preserve the other incremental backups. I can't use the tmutil delete command on entire backups ...
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Use Apple's Server Admin Tools to Force Inherit Permissions

We have our work drive (let's call it Drive2014) and we have our archive drive (Drive2013). Every file on Drive2013 is read-only and must remain that way. When I drag a file from Drive2013 to ...
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AFP can't write because of locked volume

I'm trying to write contents to my shared folders on my Raspberry Pi over AFP. However I keep getting the same error/warning regarding permissions and locked volume: I'm fairly sure permissions are ...
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Permission denied problem on just one NTFS folder

I have an old (Maxtor One Touch) 300G drive that years ago I used for backing up files from a Windows PC. It's NTFS. On my (MacBook Pro, Retina, 15-inch, Late 2013, Yosemite 10.10.2) system I can ...
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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 ...
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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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iMac OS X Yosemite parental control keeps asking for permission while I already granted permission by always allow acces

I've setup up parental controls and granted unrestricted access to Youtube for example. But for some reason it keeps asking for permission for additional Url's to function properly. Is there ...
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Unable to overwrite some file formats via Share Drive

I have some files on a SMB-mounted shared drive. Filesystem is NTFS. Case 1: PSD (Photoshop file) I edited the Photoshop file in Photoshop CS5.5 (also tried Photoshop CC), select File > Save. For ...
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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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OSX Partition won't mount. Permissions seem wrong

OS X was spinning and spinning when trying to shutdown so I held down the the ⌽ Power button to force shutdown. Current Situation: I cannot boot to OS X directly, I first have to boot to single ...
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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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How to get correct file permissions from Macports pip installs?

Macports sets up the ownership of its Python site-packages directory as root.wheel with world-readable permissions. Python packages instally via port install have the same # ls -l -d ...
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Can't delete files from remote Buffalo drive, “Permission Denied”

There are several files on a remote Buffalo drive that I can't delete. I'm using a Mac (OSX 10.9.5) and Finder reports the drive's filesystem as "SMB (NTFS)". I have tried from the GUI and from ...
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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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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [closed]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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How can I fix read-only permissions on the whole file system?

I was not able to save my screen shot, since it was giving me a error that file can not be saved because i do not have permissions. Then probably I made a mistake & right clicked Macintosh HD> Get ...
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Is it safe to `chgrp` of home folder from 'staff'?

I want to be able to share items from my home folder with another testing user account on the same machine. By default, the group of nearly all items in ~ is staff ... of which the only member is ...
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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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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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This “weird group trick” makes MacBook Pro login, apps, and systems run slow slow slow … but why?

Edit  In response to Tetsujin's comment, further details now are provided for reproducing the slowdown, and for reverting back to normal speed. The usual caveat  Experimenting with ...
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ACL doesn't give write permission over AFP unless duplicated

I have a Mac Mini running OS X Mavericks 10.9.5 with Server 3.2.2. My server set up has a single share point that 5 iMacs access via AFP using a domain name and individual accounts. Each iMac is ...
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Why can I not create a directory on my external hard-drive?

When I try to make a new directory on my external hard-drive I get a message saying that it is a "Read-only file system" LU06296APPLE:~ fortinok$ mkdir /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ ...
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About repairing permissions in the mac mini

If one uses several different programs including the mac disk utility to repair permissions on the computer maybe 3 or 4 times in one day can this 'hurt' the computer or can one use these utility ...