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

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Add apps to “Files and Folders” permissions?

In macOS Catalina, is it possible to add apps directly to Security & Privacy -> Files and Folders? The plus icon is greyed out, even when the preference pane is unlocked. I know that the option ...
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This “weird group trick” makes MacBook Pro login, apps, and systems run slow slow slow … but why?

Edit  In response to Tetsujin's comment, further details now are provided for reproducing the slowdown, and for reverting back to normal speed. The usual caveat  Experimenting with system-...
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High Sierra Group ACLs Broken?

So far as I've been able to determine, group ACLs appear to have no effect at all in macOS 10.13.3. Given a group "editors" with members "joe" and "jane" who belong to no other groups, and a folder "...
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Mac OS Sierra connected to SMB share keeps forgetting permissions at the folder level

We have a Mac running 10.12.6 It connects to our SBS 2011 Server shares using SMB (CIFS makes no difference to the issue). For some reason Finder keeps forgetting that the user has permissions to ...
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Can't change permissions on new files

I have a laptop running 10.12.5. I copied a folder of photos from a DVD to the Desktop. Here's what happens next: I can open the folder on the desktop and see the files listed. I can see the ...
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Why is SpotlightNetHelp denied file-read-data for root?

I'm getting many of these two similar errors on my console. 10/21/15 11:06:29.737 AM sandboxd[140]: ([368]) SpotlightNetHelp(368) deny file-read-data / 10/21/15 11:07:11.000 AM kernel[0]: ...
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Which app is asking for elevated permissions by “Apple wants to make changes”?

I have an associate who is getting elevated permissions pop-ups on their Mac with the message “Apple wants to make changes”. I suspect this may not be a legitimate request. How do I determine which ...
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OSX File permissions and inheritance when copying files

OSX: High Sierra I have 2 drives mounted. The drive I am copying files from has permissions of 700 and when I copy them to the second mount (NFS) I want them to have 755. How can I get inheritance to ...
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How ask for administrator password before mounting any disk or image?

I have a place with some mac computers and I don't want anybody mounting anything. Is there a way to ask for administrator's password before mount an USB or image?
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App (or OSX) changing Accessibility setting by itself

Dropbox requests (though doesn't seem to require, i.e. it runs without) accessibility/control computer permission (under Security -> Privacy). Removing permission manually (requiring admin password), ...
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permissions keep changing in git repository, anyone can tell me why?

This started happening about 2-3 weeks ago. I'm on Mac OS X Yosemite - 10.10.5 I have a git repository for a pretty big project ( there are three developers on the project), and every now and then ...
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Get rid of the “Instruments wants permission to analyze” prompt, from command line, in Yosemite

In our jenkins build automation environment we have several OSX nodes, now all updated to Yosemite, where we run ios simulator tests. The problem is that on any newly introduced node simulator tests ...
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Why is the diagnostic message history not writable as normal user?

When I use normally the OS as a plain user I get frequent console messages like: 20/05/14 08:21:28,194 SubmitDiagInfo[5376]: Launched to submit Diagnostics and Usage 20/05/14 08:21:28,735 ...
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How do you reset access permission for Apple Configurator 2 on a Mac mini?

I am trying to install my app as an .ipa file on an iPhone device attached to my Mac mini. I used Apple Configurator 2 menu Actions > Add > Apps..., then selected the button Choose from my Mac.... The ...
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Can't run a Node script unless I use sudo

I'm on Mac Mojave 10.14.6. I develop Node applications and I mistakenly did a sudo npm install for a project I worked on. It was a bad idea because then all Node scripts needed to be run as sudo. At ...
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usr/local/: Can't set user=0/group=0 for usr/localFailed to set file flags

I have been trying to install gofortran with the command: tar -xvf /Users/usr/Downloads/gcc-7.3-bin.tar.gz -C / I immediately get the error: x usr/local/: Can't set user=0/group=0 for usr/localFailed ...
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Add an App and give it permissions to access Downloads in Catalina

How do I give an app permission to access Downloads in Catalina? The app does not appear in the list of apps. I unlocked the settings which you can see in the screenshot below but the + button is ...
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How is iOS updating all my apps without permission?

iPad is at iOS 12.3, iPad is WiFi only. iPhone is at iOS 12.4. Both have got automatic download and updates turned OFF in settings → iTunes and AppStore. Yet in the last weeks both devices, without ...
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Setting Strict File Permissions and ACL’s for a KeepassXC keyfile on Mac OS

I use keepassXC on mac for my password manager. I use the keyfile feature with it, which requires a keepassxc created keyfile to be read in order for the database to be unlocked (veracrypt utilizes ...
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What are .backup files and how do I remove them?

I'm working on removing hidden files from a directory, but keep running into issues with .backup files. I keep getting permission denied notifications even when using sudo. I'm not sure where they ...
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How to ensure that you retrieve all permission attributes (including ACLs) of a file or folder from the shell?

I would like to retrieve ALL permissions (including ACLs) and attributes of files and folders (both) from a folder and its accompanying files on a drive. Most frequently one sees ls -le being used to ...
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File and directory permissions while migrating a Mac using Target Disk Mode

I am getting a replacement Mac today and I am concerned about the reliability of the Migration Assistant in High Sierra. Both times I've used High Sierra's Migration Assistant there have been timeouts ...
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Troubles with com.apple.cmio.AppleCameraAssistant

I've got a problem with the Daemon com.apple.cmio.AppleCameraAssistant. After some researches on my side, I've finally found the problem on why UserEventAgent took so much of my CPU. Because of this:...
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Cloned a Time Machine backup but the clone has on somes file different permissions

I cloned a Time Machine backup folder Backups.backupdb from one volume to another following Apple's instructions. The contents of both folders look very similar (same amount of files, same file size, ...
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Permissions on Time Machine backups

I have two external USB3 disks, each with a Time Machine (TM) backupDB directory. When both are mounted, backups alternate. Both disks are browsable by Finder from admin account. But the backup ...
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Is adding root to the user group staff safe?

So it seems my library folders are owned by my user, and staff is the user group. When I run commands in sudo, I get warnings from programs like pip that root doesn't own the folder/file. To avoid ...
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Cannot open/save files on El Capitan. Is this a permissions problem?

I have some issues with my file system on my MacBook; I am running OS X El Capitan with an SSD. For instance, if I make a screenshot, save the file on my desktop, and then immediately try to open the ...
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Yosemite 10.10.5 umask issue

I'm having issues with setting the default umask on our Macs for users. I run the following the commands to set the default perms to 775: sudo launchctl config user umask 002 sudo launchctl config ...
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How do I change the ownership of files backed up with Time Machine

I have a Mac which was reinstalled from scratch, and the owner accidentally changed her username when installing it. Current user id is "Jane" but old time machine backups were made when her user name ...
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Saving /private/tmp

Something on my Mac keeps deleting the /private/tmp directory. I first noticed this was happening as I was investigating high CPU usage. The Console was full of errors like the following: 1/10/15 10:...
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Persisten change of device ownership

I've got several partitions on my HDD, one of which I intend to use as a shared home partition between a native Linux installation (yet to come) and a one in a VirtualBox which I recently installed. I ...
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Files copied from Windows to Mac have very limited permissions

I have a shared folder on my Windows 8 computer, and I connect to it on my Mac. When I copy a file from the Windows to Mac (while I'm on the Mac), the file has very limited permissions. "gary (Me)" ...
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Why is Tor-Vidalia failing to access folders on OSX to create a hidden service?

I'm running OSX 10.7 and following the instructions linked below am failing to start hidden services. I keep getting this error: "Error creating directory ...". It's either No such file or directory (...
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Network share permissions problems in Mountain Lion

After upgrading to Mountain Lion, I have experienced some weird problems with network share permissions. This network share is a Windows server which I login to like so: smb://DOMAIN;USERNAME@...
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How to set permission for an external hard drive formatted in Hfs+?

i've formatted an external hard drive in HFS+ using Ubuntu, and i've copied into 600 gb of data's. Now, i've connected it to a Mac OsX Lion and shared it to a lan with 4 mac's. The problem is that ...
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sendmail fails complaining: create file maildrop Permission denied

When trying to use sendmail from a script, it fails with postdrop: warning: mail_queue_enter: create file maildrop/690025.14220: Permission denied Output from ls -la /var/spool/postfix looks like ...
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What permissions to host website for OS X Server?

I am trying to install Dropplet on my Mavericks Server. I have created the site in Server and copied the files to the root directory. When I go to configure it, I get the following error, "It seems ...
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Change chmod from /sbin/shutdown

I'd like to change the rights of the shutdown executable from 751 to 750, because I'd like non-admin users to have no right to shutdown their Macs. Except I have the chmod error: Unable to change file ...
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How can I completely erase a “read only” USB drive?

I have a USB drive that appears to be stuck as a "read-only" device. I have tried to format it as MS-DOS (FAT) Master Boot Record using Disk Utility, but I get the following I also have followed all ...
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Repair Disk Permissions in Terminal seems to hang

OK, I tried following (OS X Yosemite) the instructions here https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203538 And I went into Terminal and typed in the following diskutil resetUserPermissions / id -u But ...
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Can I create a user that only has Network permissions?

I would like to create an account that only has permission to modify the Network preference pane in the System Preferences (in it's entirety). Is such a feature feasible? Comparable to Windows, where ...
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Why do files and dirs placed in httpd document root have group changed to _www?

This is a bit technical: I do localhost development on Mac High Sierra and other Mac systems on my local network. I have been working on content management code in php. Recently I have come up with ...
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How to automatically apply permissions to new files added (via Windows PC) to a shared folder on Mac Mini (not server)

I have a shared folder setup on Mac Mini (not server) running on Catalina. I am able to access the folder via Windows PC connected on same network but when I create a file (say a css file) using ...
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Why can I now open the same file on 2 iMacs without it saying "read only'

My work colleague and I have an issue with file permissions since he upgraded his iMac. Basically, he stores the main files on his Mac, I then connect and can access his files. Before he got the ...
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Folder permission denied on server folder

I'm using a Raspberry Pi as a remote PLEX server, connected to my pi is an external hard drive with all my media saved on it. This all works great except when I try to open the external hard drive ...
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Sharing and Permissions - always shows “Fetching” instead of the user name

I am a basic Mac user, so please bear with me. I have a WD MyCloud EX2 to store large files and videos - over 10000 files, so searching is critical for me. The WD NAS, the iMac are connected via ...
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Can not create files on samba share for Time Machine

OS 10.14.2 / ubuntu 10.04/ samba 4.9.2 My ultimate aim is to use a samba share with Time Machine. I have built an up to date version of samba (4.9.2) which has the necessary support for Time Machine ...
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Spotlight solution stops TextEdit files opening

After running the solution for Spotlight re-indexing takes too long or doesn't work I can't save or open TextEdit files on any drive. I get the error: The document “anyfilename” could not be opened....
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How to have two owners access the same files

I'm trying to give full access to two different users in the same directory. When I run Laravel via Apache, it uses the _www user. When I run Laravel via PHPUnit (on the command line), it uses my own ...
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Items can’t be copied to “folder name” because you don’t have permission to read them

When trying to copy files to a network drive (external hard drive via Router by way of SMB) from MacBook Pro, I get the following: Items can’t be copied to “folder name” because you don’t have ...