Having severe permissions problem in 10.5.5 --

Discussion in 'macOS' started by KaplanMike, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. KaplanMike macrumors newbie

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    No, this isn't the problem with strange messages when you repair permissions. This is serious -- and damn strange.

    My machine starting acting all screwy last night -- start-up was stopped at the gray Apple screen before the gearwheel is visible -- and no amount of repair or start-up options would fix it. I was led to do something I've almost never had to do: reinstall the OS.

    Now, the machine will boot, but it's acting as if I'm not the administrator, which I am. I can't even access the second drive in the machine ("you do not have sufficient access priveleges"). I repaired permissions. I've set up a new admin account. I've checked in the Accounts Preferfence that I'm operating as Admin. When I go to Get Info on the second drive, it tells me I have "Custom" access, and won't let me change the Permissions settings, even after I type in my password.

    I've got a hunch all this -- the failure to boot last night and the permissions problems this morning -- are all connected, but I can't figure out to what. Nothing else in my system has changed in months.

    Suggestions anyone? Please??
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    This sounds like ACLs being on folders they shouldn't. This is fixable with a little Terminal command, once you've found the offending folder(s):
    Code:
    sudo chmod -N /path/to/folder
    Where /path/to/folder is the path to the folder. An easy way to get this is to drag the folder to the Terminal window.

    To check whether or not a folder has an ACL:
    Code:
    ls -le /path/to/folder
     
  3. KaplanMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thought ACL's didn't matter...

    Actually, I was getting those messages, but Apple support docs says it's okay to ignore them...

    I'm not getting them since I reloaded the OS...
    But now I've got an even bigger problem -- one of my two drives is "locked" and won't let me access any of the files!!
     
  4. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    You're confusing the messages you see when you repair permissions with an altogether different issue. Those are NOT related. I know this because I encountered an issue very similar to yours. That command fixed it.
     
  5. KaplanMike thread starter macrumors newbie

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    UPDATE: Things working. For now.

    Based on advice from another Forum post, downloaded MacPilot and unlocked my second drive, and managed to get that working. Whew!
     

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