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I'm trying to use the find command to find a file on my Mac. However, when I used the command I accidentally denied my Mac permission to search my various folders, including documents and photos. How can I reverse this and give the terminal full permissions to search my computer?

The exact command I was using is: find / -name "file_name".

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There are two things you should do:

  1. Enable full Terminal access by opening System Preferences, selecting the Security Tab, selecting the last tab there, selecting Full Disk Access on the left and adding Terminal.app

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  1. Run the command as

    sudo find / -name "file_name"
    

Assuming the file you are looking for is within your home folder

find ~ -name "file_name"

should also work (and is significantly faster).

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