For some time now my Finder "Get Info" dialogs have been displaying "Fetching...", and I recently decided to fix the problem by following the instructions for resetting my home folder permissions. As expected, this resolved the issue, but now the permissions on all of my files are

-rw-r-----   1 MyName  staff   ... FileNow

whereas before they were

-rw-r-----   1 MyName  MyName  ... FileBefore

and I wonder: Why were they different before? Is there some common operation that causes permissions to change from the default, to what I had? Was the default perhaps different in earlier versions of OS X? Are there security implications of this change?

  • Note that staff isn't even a group I'm in (I'm in admin). I'm not sure what the implications of that are, or who ends up in that group.
    – orome
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 20:30
  • that is because you have admin rights. a normal user is in staff
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 20:54
  • ALso note that the Apple note to rename users only includes OSs up to Lion - so not ML - take note of what details are on a article - I don't know what if anything ML has changed or if the note just has not een updated..
    – mmmmmm
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 20:58
  • @Mark: Good point. I followed these (same) instructions, which mentioned ML explicitly.
    – orome
    Commented Feb 5, 2013 at 21:11


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