"Applications" menu command - "item cannot be found" - owner/permissions? (10.6.8)

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  1. MacOSExustio macrumors newbie

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    I'm getting a "item can't be found" error when I use the "Applications" Go menu command. I have a suspicion the problem has to do with the user/group/permissions of the /Applications folder.

    I had to reinstall OS 10.*5*.8 because I didn't have Snow Leopard CD at the time, and managed to get the strange screwed-up-"custom-access" problem that was fixed in 10.6.8 (I hope - that's what I read on a couple of sites.)

    Disk Utility Repair doesn't seem to repair things in the User directories, so I used Terminal to reset the owner/group for everything that was data to "jswitte:admin" which got rid of the "custom access" problem.

    But I also reset the user/group for "/Applications" which I'm guessing caused the "item can't be found". I just set the user/group back to "root:admin" just now, but that didn't fix the problem.
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Jun 15, 2012
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    Did you use the Finder's Get Info, or the Terminal?
    Did you change the ownership recursively?

    Show the output of the following Terminal command:
    cd / ; ls -lae ; echo "done"
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    West Suburban Boston Ma
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    monkeying around with permissions in system folders is always a good way to cause a mess. Often you need a complete reinstall to clean it up.
     

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