When I try to ls the ~/Downloads folder on my mac I get a ls: Downloads: Operation not permitted error. My user does have rwx permissions on the folder. I can look at the folder just fine in finder. I use tmux in iterm2. The issue does not exist when I use terminal.app. It does work if I start tmux in terminal.app, regardless of which terminal emulator I use to control tmux. iTerm.app already has Downloads folder permissions in Security & Privacy settings. What is the reason for this?

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I fixed it by removing and re-adding the folder permissions for iTerm.app in the Security & Privacy dialogue.

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