Installed 10.5.6 over 10.6 and now my accounts and files can't be accessed

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  1. hierobryan macrumors 6502a

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    I've been running the 2nd to last developer release of 10.6 for a while. I just now accidentally downgraded to 10.5.6, then installed the latest developer release of 10.6 (10A432) over 10.5.6, and now I can't access any of my old files. All the folders have that red "permission denied" icon on them. When I try to open a folder it says "The folder can't be opened because you don't have permission to see its contents." All my files are there, I just can't use them. How do I get access to my files?

    thanks.
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Do you have a backup? Only option I see is a clean install of either Leopard or SL.
     
  3. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    Can't you change permissions from Get Info? I think you'll probably just need to enter your administrator password and give yourself permission to read write the folders.
     
  4. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I figured that out right before you posted.

    Is there any way I can select a group of folders and apply the same permissions all at the same time? Or do I need to do each folder one by one?
     
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    Set it to whole Home folder
     
  6. hierobryan thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I don't understand:confused:
     
  7. jzuena macrumors 6502a

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    You can click on the little gear at the bottom of the Get Info window and select "Apply to enclosed items" to recursively change permissions on all of the enclosed files as well (see attached picture).

    Or you can do it from terminal: chmod -R u=rwx /directory/to/start
     

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