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Allowing and restricting which users can perform what operations of particular files

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Preview signature annotation: Without the owner password, you do not have permission to create or modify annotations in the document

I need to download a banking form and email it back. After opening the PDF in macOS Preview, I attempt to sign it via Tools > Annotate > Signature This gives the error: Without the owner ...
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How can I make a folder that two users will have full read/write permissions for all files and subfolders, including new ones? [duplicate]

I have a folder that I need for two different user accounts to be able to fully access. Both user accounts need to be able to read and write to all of the files within this folder, including its ...
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Unable to Drag and Drop files/directories from local Mac (High Sierra) to remote Mac (Mojave) via screenshare

I have a user who cannot drag and drop files from her local Mac (High Sierra) to her remote Mac (Mojave). She can copy and paste text but not transfer files. It comes up with a small grey forbidden ...
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Others can't edit a file after creating a file and copying it to Mac Server 5.7.1

Monterey Mac Server 5.7.1, client is on macOS 12.3.1 Monterey, has been given staff read/write access by the server. Creates a file and drops it on the server, copies. Another user with the same ...
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Installer is getting failed while running post install script

The installer is getting failed while running the post-install script with error: *** Couldn't posix_spawn: error 2 We are importing the certificate in the post-install script for validation. ...
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How to create a directory with same access protection as Documents

How can I create directory with same access protection as for example Documents has by default? The Documents directory can't be access by an arbitrary process by default. A random NodeJS script like ...
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My username for remote ftp access is different from my macos username and Finder will not let me edit the files

I can connect to a remote ftp server in Finder using the syntax ftp://username@host/path and then supplying the password. I get to see the files in the remote directory and can read them. However I do ...
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A few apps constantly asking for location permissions, even though I grant them access every time

TLDR; How to identify and troubleshoot security prompts that repeat on macOS Monterey 12.3.1 on an Intel MBP? Fantastical.app (from the Mac App Store) and TV.app (the apple app) will ask multiple ...
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Has the move to /opt/homebrew/ on Apple Silicon improved Homebrew security?

I would like to use homebrew on my new M1 mac, but I am concerned about some of the potential security vulnerabilities associated with /usr/local/. Basically this: https://applehelpwriter.com/2018/03/...
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iOS resetting an apps location settings to while in app after I manually set it to always

My wife's iPhone has an app installed (Home Assistant Companion app if it matters). I went into the iOS settings, and for the location permission it asks for I set it to "Always", however, ...
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Owner and group of an hdiutil attached disk image

It's known that a disk image attached with ignored owners (vsdbutil -c prints disabled) will have owner and group to match whatever user is accessing the disk. However, the following bit from diskutil'...
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Can't enable FileVault with secure token

I set up a new Mac Mini M1 (macOS 12.3 / build 21E230). The main user is non-admin, and the admin is a hidden account. I can't enable FileVault. If I press the button, nothing happens. I tried to ...
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Grant cron permission for Calendar access

A script in one of my cron jobs needs to access my Calendar, but in order to grant this permission I would need to add cron in the following list: As you can see from the window, I experimented a ...
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Can't use System Events when using Launch Daemons and Agents

I'm writing a little Go program that uses osascript (based on mac2mqtt): func getCommandOutput(name string, arg ...string) string { var outbuf, errbuf strings.Builder // or bytes.Buffer cmd := ...
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macOS: Documents folder not accessible from SSH

Using SSH from another computer into macOS Monterey using my own user and chdir to ~/Documents I get: % ls -al ~/Documents total 0 ls: /Users/user/Documents: Operation not permitted When I SSH to ...
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You do not have permission to open the application “Anaconda-Navigator”

It all started because I had an alias of Anaconda in the Applications folder, so I searched the Original Anaconda, moved using Cmd and drag it in the Applications folder, in order to have the Original ...
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How do I delete a bundle with nasty ACLs?

Why is this happening please? I cannot delete this file. Every time I empty my trash it gives multiple errors about this stupid file. Rebooting does not help, cannot delete, move, rename or change ...
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iOS Simulator gives 'You dont have permission error'

I am currently on macOS Monterey 12.2 and have started an iPhone 12 iOS 15.0 simulator. On this simulator, if I drop files from desktop or a folder inside desktop, I get an error saying, 'The file ...
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"You Have Custom Permissions" on my external USB

2018 Macbook Pro running Catalina. I have an external 1TB USB drive (Samsung) partitioned into two equal partitions, where I keep mostly media files for work (videos I edit, some graphics, etc.). I ...
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How can I stop getting notifications about signing into my Google account?

I've tried configuring my laptop to sync my calendar and contacts, but not my mail, with my Google account. Now I've started to get notifications asking me to log into my Google account, but when I ...
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ACL different behavior between single 'chmod +a' vs many 'chmod +a'

About ACL on MacOS Having the /Volumnes/192.168.1.77 directory and applying: sudo chmod -R +a "group:developer allow list,add_file,search,add_subdirectory,delete_child,readattr,writeattr,...
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Random "The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission." messages despite having permissions

Since I got a new computer, I'm getting the following message all the time: The document could not be autosaved. You don't have permission. This means my documents aren't being autosaved for some ...
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"ls" works, but "ls -l" gives me "Operation not permitted"

There are several folders on my system (Monterey 12.2.1) on which I can successfully run ls, but if I run ls -l on the same folder I get "Operation not permitted". I am running these ...
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Is not possible create directories and files at /Volumes with permissions granted

In Linux Ubuntu for example within the /mnt directory I created two directories - for example: alpha and beta - it to be used to mount some remote directories later. For the same machine exists two ...
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Why does File Explorer bring up permission errors, when I try to delete files from my iPhone on my Windows desktop?

I have the same glitch as this question. I must delete .jpg and .mov on my iPhone. After I plug in my iPhone to my Windows desktop with USB, I can click on them, then press Delete, on Windows Explorer....
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Force macOS to accept app - "cannot be opened because the developer cannot be verified" [duplicate]

I installed Lyx and TexStudio on my Mac. I get this message when I try to open both: Is there a way to override this? I can understand why Apple does this but would like to override if possible. Here ...
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Change ownership of files to remove need for multiple permissions

In my home (/Users/) folder I have many files migrated from previous installations, with different Owners and Permissions set. /User shows I have three Users set in addition to Guest and Shared. I ...
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Why is my Catalina installation throwing up errors about SecurityAgent / login keychain overnight, and showing a grey lock screen?

This is a slightly difficult issue to describe precisely but I'll do my best. About six weeks ago, my installation of Catalina (10.15.7, MacBook Pro 13" 2020 / MacBookPro16,2) started to exhibit ...
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How to remove "non-existent' file from an APFS directory?

About midnight, I closed my MacBook Pro (16-inch, 2019), which puts it to sleep.  The only apps open were TextEdit and Finder (as far as the Dock shows).  Nothing was in the Trash (according to the ...
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Trash file inaccessible through Terminal?

Having come from a Linux environment, I am accustomed to using the command line, as in MacOS's "Terminal". In particular, I know about permissions, "sudo" and such. But I am unable ...
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What are "netbiosd" and "rapportd"? Why are they asking for incoming network connections? [duplicate]

I was asked to allow/block netbiosd & rapportd, but I do not know what they are, so I block both of them. What are they, and blocking them is okay?
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Where to put a bash script that I want to run only from my user? [duplicate]

I am a new macOS user and I want to create a bash script that I can add to the PATH and run as a "normal" command (cd for example). I'm the only user of the Mac and so I'll be forever, but ...
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File ownership issues on PC shared folder

I have a shared folder on my Mac that I use to transfer files from a PC. However, when the files come across, they only have the ownership of the PC user account and 'everyone' has no access. My user ...
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Accidentally changed permissions on /var

I did something stupid and accidentally changed the ownership of the entire /var folder recursively chown -R username /var I have seen a few other people fix this by going to recovery mode or single ...
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Small Mac Server Overwrites Permissions when Saving Directly to the Server

I have instances where I have files open on Photoshop and if I try to save them my Permissions are revoked I have to manually go change the read/Write permissions for that Enclosing folder and apply ...
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sudo ownership and permission changed and shows `sudo: /usr/local/bin/sudo must be owned by uid 0 and have the setuid bit set`

I made another admin account in my MacOS Monterey for my programming job. Then I had to change ownership of Homebrew directories to make it work. sudo chown -R $(whoami) /usr/local/Homebrew/ /usr/...
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Mac Book Air M1 2020 - Display Link is asking randomly for screen recording permissions when device is locked

I have connected my Mac Book Air M1 2020 to a PRIPC1 IPC-Computer USB-C / USB 3.0 Docking Station with Display Link to connect my to external displays. So far it worked pretty well. I went into the ...
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MacBook 5,2 on 10.13.6 has no recovery, single user mode, or admin account

I wanted to do a clean install of El Capitan, because my system was very slow. So then, I tried booting into the recovery partition, and I got a "prohibited icon". When I boot into macOS, at ...
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Permission on macOS messed up

I wanted to do npm install -g. As it didn't work due to permissions I took the approach suggested from the accepted answer in https://stackoverflow.com/questions/47252451/permission-denied-when-...
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Equivalent of AppleScript "with administrator privileges" in shell

Recently I have had to make some changes on my Macbook that required me to not only have just sudo privileges but root privileges. When I searched how to do this the answer which seemed most ...
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HTML on USB stick can not be rendered after editing

I received a bunch of HTML files recently on a USB stick (FAT32), which were created on a Windows system, but with LF-line endings. I checked them in my browser (Firefox) on MacOS 10.14, and since on ...
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How do I do a find or du without getting permission denied errors

Typical example: sudo du -xm /System/Volumes/Data | sort -n -o .all-du Password: du: /System/Volumes/Data/Library/Caches/com.apple.aned: Operation not ...
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Password required when deleting files from Macintosh HD

I'm trying to uninstall my Wacom drivers from my Mac and each time I try to delete any, it asks me for my password. I think this is what is annoyingly preventing me from removing them all in one go ...
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What are the default Permissions for the Photos Library?

Specifically for Mojave, though I don't expect it will have changed over the years. As part of my ongoing investigation into why iTunes refuses to sync my photos to any iPhone I own - iTunes Photos ...
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App's permission and user's permission

Do apps work within the permissions granted to the user running it? Or can it read files for which the executing user does not have read permissions?
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Disable App Store For Non Admin Users on BigSur

On a new Mac OS 11 BigSur I would like to restrict App installation to just the administrator of the computer and not allow any non administrator users to install or even see the App store. I know ...
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Is there a terminal command or Permissions setting that can switch my default Desktop drag-file behavior from Copy to MOVE?

On my Macbook Pro, "move vs. copy" is the default behavior when dragging files from Desktop to other folder destinations. On my Mac Pro 5.1 (2010), I know that prior to my upgrading to ...
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How can I enable File Sharing & Remote Login from a utility or script?

I would like to leave File Sharing and Remote Login off normally, but be able to remotely turn them on if and when I need them. The commands to do this are easily found online. sudo launchctl load -w ...
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permission denied to add current directory to path

I am trying to install NGC CLI on company's Mac following the instructions given here. https://ngc.nvidia.com/setup/installers/cli When I try to run the third command there, which is echo "export ...
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Difference in permissions between executing a .app double clicking in finder, using 'open -a' in terminal, and './application.app/.../executable'

I have created a bundle application that uses temp files inside of a folder, a third party library takes care of creating temp files, using them and remove them. The folder containing the temporary ...
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