I keep my apps organized in the /Application folder by arranging their icon manually. But in El Capitan, SIP prevents the modification of this folder privileges so I cannot set it to read and write for my user and change the presentation options nor arrange icons manually.

I do not really want to disable SIP because of all bugs that seems to happen by doing it (even if I quite manage OS X since a while).

How can I manage to arrange my Apps icons without having to disable SIP?

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    Can you please tell me what bugs will occur when disabling SIP? I have it disabled and I don't have any problems Jun 9, 2016 at 19:37
  • All I can see in Related sidebar for example ;) — but if you tell me that everything's fine disabling it, that could be an option. Even if I'm looking for how not to do it.
    – Joan
    Jun 9, 2016 at 20:16

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You don't. That's what System Integrity Protection is all about. But keep in mind you can disable it, do your changes and reenable it again. Both steps are described in How do I disable System Integrity Protection (SIP) AKA “rootless” on OS X 10.11, El Capitan?

  • If I disable it, allow my user to read/write /Apps folder and re-enable it, user still gonna have read/write permission on /Apps folder?
    – Joan
    Jun 10, 2016 at 23:37
  • I guess so. (Educated guess!)
    – bot47
    Jun 11, 2016 at 8:26

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