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

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Permissions of /Users keep changing back to drwxrwxrwx

I use the Disk Utility to repair it. But the permissions change back after reboot. Permissions differ on “private/etc/aliases”; should be lrwxr-xr-x ; they are -rwxr-xr-x . Permissions differ ...
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Change the permission of multiple files using the GUI

I am looking for a way to change the permission of multiple files using the GUI. I tried to select all the files and hit show info in the right click context menu, but this opens multiple dialogs ...
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Cannot change permissions on com.apple.Boot.plist

I am trying to set the permissions on the Boot.plist file (Located in /Library/Preferences/SystemConfiguration) and it won't let me. I have clicked the lock and entered my password in Finder, and when ...
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How do I grant root access to user files in Mojave?

I upgraded my laptop to Mojave. For years, my backup strategy has included using rsync (MacPorts rsync 3.1.3) to copy files to a file server. This stopped working properly, now showing some errors ...
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Use Apple's Server Admin Tools to Force Inherit Permissions

We have our work drive (let's call it Drive2014) and we have our archive drive (Drive2013). Every file on Drive2013 is read-only and must remain that way. When I drag a file from Drive2013 to ...
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The document “x” could not be saved. You don’t have permission

I am getting the following error: The document could not be saved. You don't have permission The error is not helpful at all because it does not point to where I don't have permission. To save the ...
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Problems saving changes to /etc/sshd_config

I am trying to setup my mac mini as a secure git server, I'm following this very helpful blog post, http://www.tomdalling.com/blog/software-processes/how-to-set-up-a-secure-git-server-at-home-osx. ...
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Can I schedule a periodic file permissions repair?

Can I schedule a periodical file permissions repair? With Automator, maybe?
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Cannot ls ~/.Trash in the Terminal in Catalina (operation not permitted)

Ever since buying a new Mac, which has forced me to upgrade to Catalina, I cannot view the Trash folder in the Terminal. ls ~/.Trash just gives ls: .Trash: Operation not permitted. So does sudo ls ~/....
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Editing the /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist file

I need to vim the file found at /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist but the permissions will not allow it. Even when I run sudo vim /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/com.apple.pfctl.plist ...
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Mac external drive, file rights

I have a mac that just received an external drive which I formatted and plugged in. When I am logged in as a normal user it all looks fine. But when I am logged in as root the system recognizes ...
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Trying to delete a program that's not open, but says it is? [closed]

I've recently become nigh on obsessive with cleaning out extra space on my hard drive, and I'm trying to delete a program called "Rowmote Helper." Whenever I try to delete it, it says it can't be ...
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What are all the available ACL attributes in Mac OS 10.13 High Sierra?

In Mac OS, file and folder access permissions are managed in a layered way with basic unix (POSIX) style owner/group/everyone read/write/execute modes along with, recently added access control lists (...
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Limit list of apps user can launch?

In Windows it is possible to configure system so, that user runs only some list of applications (for example Word, Excel, PowerPoint...) and user can't launch anything else. How can I configure OS X ...
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Mysterious permission denied

I am trying to save a file but get the error message saying file could not be saved. This happens only after the first time I save a new file. That means, if I create a new file saving works. BUt if I ...
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How do I install an application for just one user?

How do I install an application for just one user, without using administrative permissions or affecting any other users?
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Why does the Terminal app need access to Contacts?

In Security and Privacy, Terminal has access to Contacts. It also has access to Calendars, Reminders, and Photos. Why does Terminal have access to them? I do not know of any Terminal feature which ...
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How does macOS store Unix file permissions in ZIP files

I am trying to extract a ZIP file in Java which was created on a Mac using the built-in archive functionality of the Finder. As the ZIP file contains an application bundle, it is important to retain ...
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Permission needed to change icons of native Apple apps

Okay so here's my problem. I want to change the icons of the Dashboard, Launcher, Quicktime, Notes, Mail etc. But when I paste my icon to the top left mini icon in the preview window (on the Get Info ...
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Homebrew mutt(1) file permission weirdness

I just installed mutt ('brew install mutt') running as myself (uid=501(john)), no sudo. It seems to have worked, but now I've got a couple of weird permission problems. When I run mutt, email always ...
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Permission of external disk under Mac OS

I plug an external disk to the laptop whose system is Mac OS, but I can't create files/folders, or rename files in the disk... The Sharing & Permissions is You can only read. Does anyone know how ...
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Does “Full Disk Access” include access to ”Files and Folders" Privacy settings?

In MacOS 10.15 new settings have been introduced in Security & Privacy that allow the user to determine access to files and folders for specific applications. For example access to the 'Desktop' ...
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What is the Apple Watch to iphone pairing animation called?

I need to build something similar for my own app and am heavily inspired by this animation. I despise QR codes and would love something like this and am comfortable designing it from scratch. Just ...
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Has Unix directory usage or policy changed in High Sierra?

I understand that macOS has its own policies about how various standard Unix directories are used, and that these are (or at least have in the past been) documented in the "File System Programming ...
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Limiting a standard user to use 50 GB of the hard drive

I have added a standard user for my brother on my Mac Mini, and I would like to limit the amount of space he can use on my hard drive, but I can't see where I can set this kind of restrictions. I ...
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How to rework a “System Events” command in AppleScript, so that it automatically works in all applications?

With the following AppleScript code within a "Run AppleScript" action in a Service: tell application "System Events" set theSBounds to {{572, 64}, {332, 515}} set position of window "Google ...
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AppleScript – Pages export to PDF fails due to Sandbox permissions

I'm trying to create an Automator workflow to export selected Pages documents to PDF. So far, everything goes well, except for the final export step. on run {input, parameters} repeat with ...
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Can't change permissions on RAM disk

Why can't I set root as folder owner? diskutil erasevolume HFS+ "VTest" $(hdiutil attach -nomount ram://1165430) cd /Volumes/VTest/ mkdir TDir sudo chown root:wheel TDir/ ls -l drwxr-xr-x 2 user ...
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Accidentally changed owner of /var system folder recursively to myself

Long story short, accidentally I ran sudo chown -R myusername /var/ and now my mac won't boot anymore (after entering user password for hdd decryption loading bar is slowly filled and after it gets ...
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How to always allow “[program] wants to make changes. Type your password to allow this.”

I use a program which prompts me often to "make changes" (make a system-level/root-level change). I trust this program and want to always allow it to do so. How is this done? I would expect an "always ...
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Mavericks - Tell application “Preview” open PDF - strange permission issue

I have recently moved a large research collection of PDF files, from a Snow Leopard 10.6.8 TimeMachine disk, to my new rMBP (to the internal flash storage). I did this manually, not through the ...
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Gray folder with circle next to it

I've got the strangest problem with some of my folders on an external drive. They folders in the root of the drive show up, but they are grayed out and I can't click them. However if I change viewing ...
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Can't install Homebrew on Mac OS X Lion

I followed the simple instructions on Homebrew's homepage: Paste this at a terminal prompt: /usr/bin/ruby -e "$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/gist/323731)" But I get the following permission ...
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Xcode problem with directory permissions

I'm trying XCode4. I created a new project, told XCode to put in my ~/develop/ directory, but then I immediately get asked: “Test project” is locked for editing and you may not be able to save your ...
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List apps with access to your Apple ID

Since you can now login to certain OSX/iOS apps using your Apple ID credentials rather than with an application-specific account, is there a way to list all of the apps you have granted access to and ...
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OS X Yosemite Hard Disk Errors even after Repairing them

Basically, I do a lot of C programming (for class) so I use gcc a lot on my mac. Recently since two days, whenever I ran it, the entire computer is getting frozen, and a force restart is necessary to ...
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Confounded by permissions problem on NFS share

I'm setting up an NFS server (Ubuntu) to serve files to several Macs (10.7). The way it's set up, I can log in from any Linux client and read/write over NFS exactly as expected. (I've set up ACL ...
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Files created by Windows on Lion SMB shares have 600 permissions

I have File Sharing enabled in OS X Lion, and I'm accessing the shares using Win XP and Win 7 boxes. I can read and write fine, by when I create a new file, the permissions for that file defaults to ...
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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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Can't write to ~/Library, even though permissions look OK

I'm totally stumped on this one — a Macbook Air, 10.9.2. As far as I can tell, I should be able to write to my Library directory. Everything I can see suggests I should be able to: [njvack@zot ...
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Changing XAMPP directory/file permissions

On my old Windows setup I used a symbolic link to store my htdocs folder in my Skydrive folder and still work with XAMPP. I've just bought a MacBook and trying to accomplish the same thing but seem to ...
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Permission Problems for copied files from NAS

I access my Synology NAS via AFP and can open/edit all of my files directly on it. But when I copy a file to my desktop I can't open it. Finder tells me I don't have appropriate permissions. When I ...
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Make folder private so other users can't access

I've just noticed that the contents of some new folders that I created under my users/[myname] folder, are visible to other users. The original ones all have the 'no entry' sign. How do I make these ...
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Why Has the “Downloads” folder become Read-Only?

Recently my Downloads folder has become read-only. This prevents Safari form saving any file amongst other annoyances. As you can see from the below image the folder is read-only but I have plenty of ...
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Catalina not allowing to change read/write permissions despite having SIP disabled

Currently Running: macOS Catalina 10.15.1 Issue: Ever since I upgraded to Catalina, macOS is not allowing me to change read and write permissions on system protected files, hence, I am not able to ...
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Changing read permissions on /private/etc recursively

I was trying to make my /private/etc folder and all its contents world-readable. 'Permission denied' messages from a number of internal files and folders were a recurrent theme whenever I did a find ...
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Allow non-admin user to sudo without access to admin account data

I need to lend my MBP to a friend for a few days while their laptop is out for repair. I would like to not have to erase my account to do that. I have set up another User Account for them without ...

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