In my Lion local web sharing folder, I noticed that I cannot change any of the files without typing in my password.

I also noticed that there's a folder called postgresql there.

I don't remember having these behaviours before with Snow Leopard, are these new changes that Lion OS brings?

  • Does ls -lad ~/Sites/ start with drwxr-xr-x 5 yourname? If not, you can restore the default owner with sudo chown $USER ~/Sites/ or permissions with chmod 751 ~/Sites/.
    – Lri
    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:34
  • Or do you mean /Library/WebServer/Documents/?
    – Lri
    Sep 8, 2012 at 12:34
  • @Lri I mean /Library/WebServer/Documents/. Thank you for helping.
    – Hope4You
    Sep 8, 2012 at 13:16
  • I noticed that my Documents folder gives me read access only. Is this new since Lion? Also is the postgresql folder new since Lion?
    – Hope4You
    Sep 8, 2012 at 13:32

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The permissions of some folders did change to more restrictive on Lion. I don't know about 10.6, but /Library/WebServer/Documents/ is owned by root and has 751 permissions on 10.8 as well.

I don't have any postrgesql folder by default on 10.8, but 10.7 might have had one.

Files are normally meant to put be to ~/Sites/ and accessed from http://localhost/~username/. The URLs can be made shorter by adding virtual hosts.

You could change the owner back to yourself with sudo chown -R $USER /Library/WebServer/Documents/.

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