Does OS X Ask for your password if you delete/move files from your Library?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by marty1990, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. marty1990 macrumors 6502

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    Bit worried about this. Still used to Windows where it doesn't ask for your password... just comes up with that popup window to say OK or Cancel. If I were to go into the Library (which is basically the OS, right), and I accidentally moved or deleted something, it would ask for my password before I did anything, right? Only, I had the Library up trying to figure how to delete a couple of fonts from my trash can (if I recall, it was just an empty folder, a rar file, and two ttf's), and am being a bit paranoid in case I deleted something important. I don't think I did; but OS X asks for a password if you touch anything in the Library, right?
     
  2. marty1990 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    So it doesn't ask for a password when touching any important files?
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    It depends on the file and what kind of account you are using. Try it out for yourself.
     
  4. marty1990 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yeah, I don't particularly want to try it out in case I screw it up.

    How would I know if I accidentally deleted something important? Would the the whole OS mess up?
     
  5. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Again it depends on the file. There are some files (not critical OS files) that still require a password to remove like the airport or network plists. Those files just recreate themselves on a restart.
     
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