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Lion to Snow Leopard file - folder permission issues, back to lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X 10.7 Lion' started by SylarDX85, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie


    I downgraded back to Snow Leopard after I was unhappy with Lion, I backed up all my filed with time machine to my external HDD before I downgraded. I reformatted the mac HDD with a clean install of SL. Once this was complete, I was not able to restore my files from my HDD using time machine, so I imported them all manually.

    Everything looked fine, but when I went to rename any of my pictures, videos or music, it required authentication and authorization for permission to change the files or there location within my mac. I ran disk utility from my install disk, and performed a permission repair, and disk repair from the install disk. Did not work.

    I re-upgraded back to lion to see if this would help and fix the issue, since there as no issue in lion before i downgraded.

    I was wrong, I am still having an issue every-time i try to move a picture,video,document, music from my files to another location, or modify them.

    Can anyone please help? Thank you so much in advance!
  2. macrumors 6502

    Did you change your username? it sounds like the permissions aren't right on the files. The only fix is for you to go in and learn the "chown" command to redefine which user owns the files.

    Open terminal and type "man chown", this will show you how to use chown
  3. macrumors newbie


    I thought about the username issue, but It never changed. I kept it the same.
  4. macrumors 6502

    The files could have been changed to root ownership, repair permissions in disk utility and check who owns your files with "ls -l" in terminal
  5. macrumors newbie



    Okay, when I use the command you gave I get:

    total 0
    drwxrwx---+ 5 AdrianAbeyta staff 170 Jul 31 22:06 Desktop
    drwxrwx---+ 39 AdrianAbeyta staff 1326 Jul 31 22:06 Documents
    drwxrwx---+ 40 AdrianAbeyta staff 1360 Jul 31 22:06 Downloads
    drwxrwx---@ 38 AdrianAbeyta staff 1292 Jul 31 21:11 Library
    drwxrwx---+ 14 AdrianAbeyta staff 476 Jul 31 22:06 Movies
    drwxrwx---+ 4 AdrianAbeyta staff 136 Jul 31 22:06 Music
    drwxrwx---+ 131 AdrianAbeyta staff 4454 Jul 31 22:06 Pictures
    drwxrwxr-x+ 5 AdrianAbeyta staff 170 Jul 30 06:51 Public
    drwxrwxr-x+ 5 AdrianAbeyta staff 170 Jul 30 06:51 Sites

    I chose my name "AdrianAbeyta" as my username, as I reused this as well again.

    When I look at a file from my "Broncos Game" pictures the file line is


    when I click get info on the picture.
  6. macrumors 68020

    By now things are probably pretty fuddled.

    Did you try using Migration Ass't? I got around this issue once by deleting my main user account, then migrating to one with a new name.

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    When I restored Mac back to Snow Leopard, during the setup process, I selected to restore my data from my time machine backup. It gave me an error, and said the OS X was not able to restore the data from the backup.

    Same thing when I got to the desktop, and I attempted to setup Time machine, and restore my previous backups. They show in time machine, but I was not able to click restore on any of the backups.

    I instead went manually with finder into my external HDD and imported them all into the pictures. movies, and music folder.

    Looked fine, until I tried to change the name, move the file out of the folder, etc.. requires a password for everything I modify with those files, and half of the time, I get a Access denied.

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