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

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Gatekeeper preventing from opening files from Finder (launching apps is fine)

Here's what's happening (in Sierra, 10.12.5) try to launch a non-application file which ISN'T a bundle (e.g. pdf, png -- numbers bundles will be fine) -- by double-clicking, or using open in the ...
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Is it safe to chown /opt/local?

Is it safe (no security implications) to chown -R user /opt/local/, so that I don't sudo port install with MacPorts? I don't like the idea of sudoing with MacPorts as it can write things in /Library,...
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How to delete files in /System/Library/Desktop Pictures on Catalina?

I tried to delete files in the default desktop picture directory (/System/Library/Desktop Pictures) on macOS 10.15 Catalina with sudo permission but failed. $ pwd /System/Library/Desktop Pictures $ ...
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What does sudo chmod 0755 /usr/local and sudo chgrp wheel /usr/local do?

I uninstalled Homebrew, manually removed the /usr/local contents. The following possible Homebrew files were not deleted: /usr/local/.DS_Store /usr/local/bin/ /usr/local/etc/ /usr/local/include/ /...
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What permissions do I need to give for my server setup?

I am trying to have a server setup for my web app locally on my MacBook Pro. I have installed Apache, PHP successfully and checked out my web app's code to /var/www location. Now there's a script in ...
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Mac OS X finder and disk utility not responding

My mac had turned slow and buggy - I did a reinstall. After a couple of attempts I succeeded with a "blank" install. I thought it was working fine but now the problems from before keeps popping up: ...
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Bug in BSD: to whom shall I report it?

I found what I think is a bug in the command chown in OS X 11.6. It appears to work contrary to its man page, ignoring the -f flag. T_MaceT 33 ) chown -f T_MaceT foo chown: foo: No such file or ...
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How to keep a file hidden in Finder, but readable, writable and visible to an app?

An otherwise great app I'm using, annoys me as every time I start it, it writes to 2 files in the root of my user account which are clearly visible. Now, I have used the terminal command sudo chflags ...
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Unlock read-only USB key

A free 8GB USB key given to me shows up in Snow Leopard as read-only. $ mount /dev/disk1 on /Volumes/USB DISK (ntfs, local, nodev, nosuid, read-only, noowners) How can I mount it read-write? ...
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Move file from HDD to SSD

I've recently added an SSD drive to my Macbook, and I'm using my HDD to store my files. Sometimes I want to move a file from my HDD to my SSD though. Whenever I try to drag it, Finder only allows me ...
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What's the “@”mark at the file description?

I installed princexml for Mac. With ls -alF, I have -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 prosseek admin 14190120 Jun 8 16:11 prince*. What's the meaning of @ in -rwxr-xr-x@? And when I tried to execute the binary, I got ...
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Cannot change permissions on /System/Library

I am running OS X 10.11.8. I am attempting to change some settings in /Library/Filters/. I am logged in as an administrator (verified in System Preferences > Users & Groups). When I go to Finder > ...
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Info.plist is always readonly

I want to edit Finder Info.plist file that is located here: /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/Info.plist But when I try to edit the file by vi the file is readonly. # vi /System/...
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How can I give an app permanent permission so it doesn't ask for my password every time?

I am using an application called Hostbuddy to manage entries in my hosts file. It works great, the only problem is that is asks for my password every time I use it, which adds up to a lot of ...
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“The operation can’t be completed because the item is in use” when deleting from Samba mounted drive

I have a USB drive plugged into my Asus RT-N66U router and shared over SMB. I originally formatted this drive on a Mac. I have two Trendnet TV-IP572PI surveillance cameras that records snapshots/video ...
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My Desktop seems to be “locked”. How can I fix this?

I am having some problems with my Desktop on a relatively new Lion install. I can't move folders around (when I try, the icon gets the slashed-O "no" symbol and they bounce back where they came from),...
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How to make new certificate recognised?

We have a large number of Mac Minis that are running a piece of software that we have developed and have been distributed to various clients. We recently updated our code signing certificate as the ...
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Installing mc (midnight commander) without root access?

How do I do that? The normal installers (with .pkg files) ask for a root password. It is possible to run normal mac software without root access, but how do I run and install this shell software?
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Move macos user home folders on external drive

I got a shiny new Mac Mini but couldn't afford a 1TB internal SSD to hold all my stuff, so I'm testing ways to leverage an external disk for user storage. I know I can point Photos and iTunes to ...
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Sharing & Permissions has two “everyone” entries, only for applications by Apple

OS X 10.12.6, Sierra My Sharing & Permissions says "You have custom access" and it's showing two entries for "everyone" where the first is set to "Custom". This only seems to be affecting every ...
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How do I give a CGI script permission to access Calendar?

When I run my script from the command line I can use - am actually prompted to use - System Preferences to add ssh-keygen-wrapper to be authorised to access the Calendar. But when I run the script ...
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How to reset to default permissions on El Capitan

During development and debugging I have changed permissions of various files and folders using chown and chmod on my local system (I didnt maintain the list of changes). Now that I have fixed the ...
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Why do I need to “repair permissions” on my Aperture library in order to migrate to Photos?

After installing Apple Photos as part of the 10.10.3 update and attempting to migrate my Aperture library I get an error message about "permissions" on my Aperture library: What does this mean and ...
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How do I access the Volumes directory in Macintosh HD? [closed]

I am trying to get into the Volumes directory. Hidden files are being shown. However, the Volumes folder won't let me access it, it's "greyed out". How can I bypass this?
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How to access other users' files via Terminal in OS X?

I am an admin that wants to access other users' files. How to do this via the Terminal?
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Can't open files after changing username

I use OS X Mavericks 10.9.4. I changed my username and this may have caused that I am not able to open any files. I still can see my PDFs and photos in Preview! I get this: File XYZ couldn’t be ...
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Partition/Volume grayed out but full read/write access

i have a Mac Server and a partition only for files. The volume is grayed out in the Finder sidebar, but if i go to the folder via CMD + G (go to folder) and type "/Volumes/Server_Daten" the volume ...
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Need to create a common workspace between two macs connected wirelessly in a network

I need to create a common development workspace between two macs connected in a wi-fi network. Sort of like a shared folder. But the problem using a shared folder is that there are a lot of ownership ...
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How to make iPhoto library back into bundle

I recently recovered from a disk failure and while most of my files are ok, I'm having trouble with my iPhoto library. While it appears that the data fro the iPhoto library is intact in the recovered ...
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Safari 13 update sets negative com.apple.quarantine -1 making multiple directories inaccessible

Updated to Safari 13 today on Mojave 10.14.6 and suddenly a bunch of my ~/Library/ directories are inaccessible via terminal and other apps (even with sudo). Checking the xattr I see: com.apple....
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iPhone: Game app able to access Photos without permission

I have downloaded a game from the App Store onto my iPhone. My understanding is that apps need to ask for, and be granted or denied, permission to access iCloud, Photo gallery etc. But in this game, ...
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What Is The Relationship between “Users & Groups” and /etc/group?

I want to setup a wireshark group so I can run it without being root. I tried using the System Preferences tool, Users & Groups, to add a wireshark group but I didn't see anything show up in /etc/...
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Prevent guest from reading an external hard drive

I have a USB hard drive connected to my Mac. I want it to be readable only by me, and not by the anonymous "guest" user. I right-clicked on the drive in Finder, and set the permissions like this: I ...
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Impossible for me to open Dropbox in Mac OS X 10.6.8

I'm working with 2 different Mac systems: 10.1 and 10.6.8. I've installed Dropbox since 1 year. When I was working with Mac number one, the Dropbox of my computer number 2 was updated. But this ...
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How can I avoid permission-related failures when importing in Photos.app via AppleScript?

The new Photos.app does not come with Automator support (although there are third-party actions available). It does, however, have some basic AppleScript support, including support for importing a ...
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Enable ~/Sites Folder

I have been following this tutorial in order to setup my local ~/Sites folder. /etc/apache2/users/carloabelli.conf: <Directory "/Users/carloabelli/Sites/"> Options FollowSymLinks Indexes ...
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Permissions issues with shared folder

I have a 27" iMac (Snow Leopard) that has four accounts. Two admins (my wife and I) and two kids. With one of the kids being a restricted account (locked down for 8 year old). Anyway, I also have a ...
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How can I add standard users to the print managers group?

I'm sysadmin for a small company; my users are on 10.6.8 (iMacs) and do not have admin rights for various reasons. The only times this is annoying is when a print job jams or otherwise does not go ...
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Is there a way to see what permissions an ios app store app asks for, except manually opening it?

I am looking for a way to see what permissions an app asks for without opening it. For Android you can view it in the store as seen below. Is is maybe possible to get the info.plist file for an app ...
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Trying to format SD card for raspberry pi, but I get permission denied

I am trying to format my SD card on a mac (macOS Mojave 10.14.6) I am using a card reader hooked up to the computer and the SD card adapter is on the unlocked position. My SD card is a samsung evo ...
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“Permission denied” when running macOS installer from command line

I'm trying to install High Sierra to an external drive, from a system which is running Mojave. I can't run the GUI installer (it warns me about trying to install an older version of the OS), so I'm ...
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List readonly files

I need to list or show or query for the files in a folder (well, technically, on a USB drive, but I can navigate to it in Finder/Terminal) that are marked readonly. All the Google-fu in the world ...
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Can't delete file even when using sudo

Trying to delete the following file: ~/Library/Cookies/HSTS.plist, but MacOS won't let me do it even when using sudo. I just switched to Mac (was using Ubuntu before) and I'm probably missing ...
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What's the right ownership for /usr/local for current macOS and Homebrew versions?

Someone told me that Homebrew no longer requires /usr/local/ to have an ownership such that it can be written by brew commands ... I recall long time ago I have to manually change the ownership ...
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“macOS needs to repair your library” error loop on Mojave upgrade [duplicate]

I’ve been having trouble fixing the “macOS needs to repair your library” loop for the past couple of days and I’m running out of options. The message pops up over and over again, no matter what I do. ...
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How to see 6-digit file permissions?

I have an application that complains about the permissions of its directory inside of /Applications. It wants to be set to 040775. I can fix it by running chmod 040775, but I do not understand what ...
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Unable to modify files directly even after changing permission

Background: I have added an additional SSD to my iMac and made it the startup disk. The old 1TB hard disk is still attached and is now the secondary hard drive. The new drive is formatted to APFS. ...
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How can I share a Google Drive file to anyone on iOS?

On iPhone/iOS, is it possible to share a Google doc (or for that matter, any file on Google Drive) with anyone who has the link provided by the "Link Sharing" feature? I AM able to share with other ...
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Unable to open file in Preview even though I have all permissions

I've been storing image files on Dropbox (uploaded automatically from my phone via their "Camera Uploads" feature). I just discovered that I don't have permission to open them from my synced Dropbox ...
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Updating Keychain entry manually prevents next access from GUI tools afterwards: Always asks for permission

I stumbled upon this using Tunnelblick and Viscosity. Adding a configuration to those VPN tools it is possible in the GUI during the first connect to specify user&pass and save them in the ...

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