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 not have access to this folder. I can't see this user among user users. I have looked everywhere.
Where I can access/change permission to this user?

I came to know about Daemons and Agents on mac. Are they related?
How would I add this user to directory. Because when I click get info a folder, this user (daemon) is not listed.

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    Why not grant the user permission on the files in question? Also, what does the installation guide for XAMPP recommend for your version of the software? – bmike Jan 6 '14 at 0:31
  • It uses XAMPP user. It does not have any particular recommendation. I can probably run XAMPP under my own administrator login but I want to know how to set permission for this deamon user and what actually it is. – mac_user Jan 6 '14 at 0:34
  • You say "accessing an external site " because "does not have access to this folder" How is an external site a folder? – Mark Jan 6 '14 at 1:06
  • External site outside XAMPP's htdocs folder. By default pages are severed from htdocs but you can setup external folders that serves pages as well. External folder: Any folder other than htdoc folder. – mac_user Jan 6 '14 at 2:17

Ref : XAMPP on Mac OSX: Why running as 'daemon'?

In /Applications/XAMPP/xamppfiles/etc/httpd.conf change

User daemon
Group daemon


User YourName
Group YourGroup


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