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Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by zzlaz, Feb 11, 2005.

  1. zzlaz macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2005
    my office has ten computers on a lan. 8 macs and 2 pcs. one of these machines (dual G5) has two hard drives to store all our files.

    i am a longtime pc user and somehow the MAC permissions are not so clear to me. at this point, we are using a single admin user account on the 'fileserver' machine. seems like a very bad idea to me, but that's how it was when i arrived here.

    anyways, i assumed i could just create accounts for each user, assign them permissions to a group unix style and that would be that. but ... the permissions in the new account dialogue seem to refer only to applications, and when i logged with the account i created for myself across the network i can still only mount the public folder. and you can't (easily) create custom groups can you?

    terribly simple i know, but thanks in advance.
  2. jeremy.king macrumors 603


    Jul 23, 2002
    Fuquay Varina, NC
    Any reason you are not running OS X Server? This makes life a bit easier with what you are trying to accomplish.

    If you must use plain ol OS X, you should be able to create the group using NetInfo Manager and I believe you can assign users to that group in there as well.

    Then the next thing to do is execute a chgrp/chmod on the shared folder (recursively, mind you) using Terminal. To learn about these commands type man <commandname> in terminal such as

    man chmod


    man chgrp
  3. zzlaz thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2005
    OS X Server will run on your standard dual G5 right? But if I can use unix commands with netinfomanager that should solve the problem also. thanks.

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