In my Linux installations (Ubuntu and Debian), under the home of my user I only have files whose owner is my user and group owner is my primary group.

In my OSX 10.8.5, under the home of my user (username enzotib, primary group staff), I also have files whose owner or group owner (or both) is different. This is the situation:

Number of files   Owner   Group owner
      280        enzotib     admin
       29        root        wheel
       10        root        staff

Is that normal?
Can I (or should I) change something with chmod?

  • What is the problem you're facing? – Rob Feb 20 '14 at 8:58

This is normal, to some extent. It really depends on what you have in your home directory. My home directory contains root user files from applications that require system-wide privileges for updating, such as Adobe Air and Parallels Desktop. Under normal circumstances there's no need to change groups or owners of these files.

If you're worried about the groups and users of OSX's own files in your home dir, run Disk Utility and repair permissions. This will fix the groups/users of OSX's own files, including the ones in your home dir.

  • Thank you, I run the "repair permissions" from disk utility. It modified something out of my home, but nothing changed in my home, so I suppose it is all ok. Also, many messages remained of files that are drwxr-xr-x and should be -rwxr-xr-x (should be a file and not a dir?). – enzotib Feb 20 '14 at 11:58

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