Granting access to a subfolder(but not containing folder)

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by maler23, Dec 5, 2014.

  1. maler23 macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2014
    Done a search for this(here and on Google) but can't find an answer:

    I have two user accounts on my computer. We'll call them Alpha and Zeta.

    For user Alpha, I have a subfolder called Voiceover in my Documents folder.

    I would like to grant user Zeta access to subfolder Voiceover ONLY

    I granted Zeta Read and Write access to Voiceover but since Zeta does not have access to the containing folder(Documents), Zeta can't seem to access Voiceover.(or at least that's my guess)

    Do I have to grant access to a containing folder(e.g Documents) in order to grant access to a subfolder(e.g Voiceover)?

    I hope that makes sense :)


  2. jbarley macrumors 68040


    Jul 1, 2006
    Vancouver Island
    Maybe try an alias link to the subfolder in question from outside of the Documents folder.
  3. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    You have to grant execute access to the containing folder. This will allow the user to find the subfolder without being able to read or write to the containing folder. You can grant this access at the group or world level in Terminal using the chmod command, e.g.:

    chmod g+x containingfolder


    chmod a+x containingfolder

    The chmod command also allows you to create very specific access control lists, but you probably want to look at the man page for chmod before you play with that.

  4. maler23 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 5, 2014
    Thank you both for the responses! What I ended up doing(which I think was the same idea as using an alias) was:

    -Granted access to Zeta for the containing folder(Documents) and the subfolder Voiceover in Alpha.
    -In Zeta, I added the Voiceover folder to my sidebar.
    -In Alpha, I removed access to Documents but left access to Voiceover.

    Result: Zeta has access to Voiceover but not Documents.


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