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Old Jun 21, 2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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How to disable Authentication when moving files/folders on my mac

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I am using mac OS X Snow Leopard and having an issue with excessive authentication prompts! Every time I move or copy a file/folder my mac opens the authentication window

I am the only user on my computer and do not want to authenticate every single time I move a file! Please help
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Old Jun 21, 2010, 09:25 PM   #2
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You are clearly moving files to places that require authentication. Being an admin doesn't mean you get unlimited access to the everything on the machine without question.

Where are you moving files to and why? If you are moving them to a place that wouldn't normally require authentication, then there may be a permission issue, but I don't think that is the case.
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 04:47 PM   #3
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After reviewing some previous threads I think I might have a better idea of what my problem is?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthre...move+documents

I had a clone HD put onto my new computer and it seems that it has become an authentication nightmare. I'm moving files that shouldn't regularly require authentication.

For example: download images from email and create a folder on desktop. To move the files/folder I have to copy them elsewhere authenticate. I can't just drag files/folders. Then since I had to make a duplicate folder instead of just moving it I have to delete the original on the desktop and have to authenticate to delete it in the trash.

The above mentioned thread offers a solution but I don't know how to use terminal? HELP!
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 05:20 PM   #4
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Terminal is not that scary. Open Terminal and type the following

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sudo chown -R YourShortName .
Replace YourShortName with your username, which is generally the same as what is written on the home folder in Finder in the sidebar. Usually has a house icon. Then enter a space afterward and a dot. The dot represents the current directory you are in, which will be your home folder.

After entering the command, it will ask for your password. As you enter it in, there will be no feedback, no asterisks, just keep typing and hit enter when it's in. it'll take a little time to run depending how many files are there.

If any errors come up, copy and paste them into a post here. the command itself changes the owner of the files (ch=change, own=owner). The -R means it's recursive so everything in your home folder will have its owner property changed to your username.
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 05:54 PM   #5
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Ok that is what terminal looks like when I open it. Should I enter the code below the existing text? Or should I erase the existing text in the terminal and replace it with the one you mentioned?
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Old Jun 22, 2010, 06:47 PM   #6
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That's just the prompt. You won't be able to delete it anyways.
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 12:28 PM   #7
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Terminal is not that scary. Open Terminal and type the following

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sudo chown -R YourShortName .
Replace YourShortName with your username, which is generally the same as what is written on the home folder in Finder in the sidebar. Usually has a house icon. Then enter a space afterward and a dot. The dot represents the current directory you are in, which will be your home folder.

After entering the command, it will ask for your password. As you enter it in, there will be no feedback, no asterisks, just keep typing and hit enter when it's in. it'll take a little time to run depending how many files are there.

If any errors come up, copy and paste them into a post here. the command itself changes the owner of the files (ch=change, own=owner). The -R means it's recursive so everything in your home folder will have its owner property changed to your username.
I did this and now I don't permission to do ANYTHING!

If I even try to save a word document it tells me I don't have permission.

What the hell do I do?!?!!
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 01:37 PM   #8
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Come on people.

If someone is not comfortable or used to using the terminal, Don't recommend using commands with "-r". The side effects are way too nasty!

I consider "rEmOVE -Recursively" the command that should not be discussed. Its almost equivalent to taking a hammer to your hard drive!
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Old Jul 31, 2011, 01:41 PM   #9
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I did this and now I don't permission to do ANYTHING!

If I even try to save a word document it tells me I don't have permission.

What the hell do I do?!?!!
Run Disk Utility, select your drive, then hit the Repair Permissions button. It might also be helpful to know what folder you're having issues with. Using suggestions that were meant for other people's situation can be problematic if you don't fully understand the steps involved.

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Old Oct 28, 2011, 08:07 PM   #10
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Authentication Issue/Terminal Fix

Like an idiot, I copied/pasted the instructions for the Terminal fix and then entered my password and hit enter without changing the name to my hard drive name. I re-pasted the instructions in and correctly entered my info, put a space in after the period, and entered my password correctly The response I got was "mycomputer:~ myname$ sudo chown -R MYHARDDRIVENAME .
Password: chown: .: Operation not permitted".

I ran the repair permissions under the disk utility and this is the response I got:

"Warning: SUID file "System/Library/CoreS...has been modified and will not be repaired."

Same goes if I try to run a verify permissions.

Is my only recourse a system restore?

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Old Oct 28, 2011, 08:48 PM   #11
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Don't worry, the "Operation not permitted" means no command was executed. The errors in Disk Utility are normal and can be ignored.

Mac OS X: Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions messages that you can safely ignore
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Old Oct 28, 2011, 09:05 PM   #12
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Like an idiot, I copied/pasted the instructions for the Terminal fix and then entered my password and hit enter without changing the name to my hard drive name. I re-pasted the instructions in and correctly entered my info, put a space in after the period, and entered my password correctly The response I got was "mycomputer:~ myname$ sudo chown -R MYHARDDRIVENAME .
Password: chown: .: Operation not permitted".
The other thing you failed to do is read the instructions properly. You aren't supposed to enter a HARD DRIVE NAME. You're supposed to enter a SHORT USER NAME.

I mention this not so much for your benefit, but for the possible benefit of others who come after you and may think they're supposed to enter a hard drive name.
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Old Oct 28, 2011, 09:36 PM   #13
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The other thing you failed to do is read the instructions properly. You aren't supposed to enter a HARD DRIVE NAME. You're supposed to enter a SHORT USER NAME.

I mention this not so much for your benefit, but for the possible benefit of others who come after you and may think they're supposed to enter a hard drive name.
I need clarification on "short user name." From the instructions I read, I assumed I had to put in the name that appears under the main file folder at the top right corner of my desktop.

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Don't worry, the "Operation not permitted" means no command was executed. The errors in Disk Utility are normal and can be ignored.

Mac OS X: Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions messages that you can safely ignore
I can ignore the error, but I'm trying to fix the fact that I can't drag/drop a file from my desktop into my main hard drive file folder. It asks me for authentication (which it's never done before), and when I click "authenticate" the box just disappears (doesn't let me enter my password) and the file remains on the desktop.

I ran "verify disk" on the disk utility and got this message:

Invalid directory item count. (it should be 1209 instead of 1210)
Invalid directory item count (It should be 197 instead of 196)
The volume was corrupt and needs to be repaired.

It recommends I put my OS X cd in and start the computer up with it, then use disk utility to repair the disk.

All of this crap stemming from trying to get a Western Digital My Passport to work properly so I could transfer files from my WD MyBook to the My Passport. Obviously somewhere in there I changed something I shouldn't have.

Thanks for all your advice.
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I need clarification on "short user name." From the instructions I read, I assumed I had to put in the name that appears under the main file folder at the top right corner of my desktop.
Where did you read that?

The instructions posted with the command-line were:
Replace YourShortName with your username, which is generally the same as what is written on the home folder in Finder in the sidebar. Usually has a house icon. Then enter a space afterward and a dot. The dot represents the current directory you are in, which will be your home folder. ((Underline added))
You must also take into account when that was written: 2010. Before Lion. So if you're running Lion, it may look different.

If you're unsure of what your short username really is, or you think you might accidentally cause more damage, then post the output from this Terminal command line:
Code:
id
Copy and paste the output into a post, exactly as Terminal shows it.


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It recommends I put my OS X cd in and start the computer up with it, then use disk utility to repair the disk.
Have you done that?

Your disk has damage that needs to be repaired. If you continue making changes to the disk before doing repairs, the damage may get worse. You could lose data.

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All of this crap stemming from trying to get a Western Digital My Passport to work properly so I could transfer files from my WD MyBook to the My Passport. Obviously somewhere in there I changed something I shouldn't have.
If you expect someone to help with that, you'll first have to explain what you did. You should also explain what the My Passport was doing that was improper, which lead you to do something to make it work properly.

We can't read your mind. We can't see what you've already done, because we weren't there. We can't see your files or your disks. All we know of your problem is what you tell us.

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