I'm no stranger to OSX and a while back I upgraded to Yosemite at rollout.

I'm a web developer an I'm encountering a strange behaviour with file permissions ever since upgrading. For example, I'm using the command line to pull in files through Git or Composer. Previously, when I did this, I was automatically the owner of these new folders and files and had read/write access.

However, when I perform the same operations, I'm no longer the owner and have to go about chown and chmoding various folders in order to get going.

I haven't heard of anyone else experiencing this. Any ideas?


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    Out of interest, who owns the the files when you pull, what permissions are they and what do you expect them to be?
    – forquare
    Aug 9, 2015 at 21:52
  • I'm not sure who owns the files. They are publicly available in repositories hosted on Github etc.
    – Chris J
    Aug 10, 2015 at 17:41
  • sorry, I meant when you pull and the file isn't owned by you, who is it owned by? When you pull a new file what is the output of ls -l <file>? And what do you expect it to be?
    – forquare
    Aug 10, 2015 at 18:00

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I found the solution which was much more localised.

I needed to chown -R my composer directory. For some reason, I wasn't the owner. After running this command, the issue was resolved.

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