Lion Privileges Problem

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by drsarg, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. drsarg macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    Hello, I have been looking at various forums as a solution to my problem, but none of it seems to work. Therefore I have created this forum in hope that somebody does know the solution to my problem.

    Basically I have a problem on my MacBook Pro with Lion and saving/deleting files. I first of all noticed it when I tried to put a file in the Trash, it asked me for my password. I asks me for my password when deleting a file from Documents, Desktop, Pictures, Music etc.

    There are some strange details about this problem though. First of all, I created a TextWrangler document and saved in Documents. It saved fine and I was able to move it to the Trash without asking for a password. However, if I edit a TextWrangler document that was created before the problem and try to save it, I get a message saying that "This operation couldn't be completed, because an error occurred" and that "You do not have sufficient privileges to perform this operation (MacOS Error code: -5000)". Even though this application is not an Apple one, I think that it is under the same problem.

    So here is what I have done to try and fix it. I started by changing "Sharing & Permissions" for my home folder, by read and write set with "Apply to enclosed items". I then tried the Disk Utility on Macintosh HD, by Repair Disk Permissions. This also did not work, so Verify Disk Permissions and Verify Disk were tried. I then restarted the PC and ran the Command + R menu, "resetpassword" was typed in Terminal. I chose my username and hard drive, then clicked on the Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs button, again on restart the problem stayed.

    I have now created a new user account as an attempt to fix it. This account is part success, part failure. For example, if I created a new file and put it in Trash, it does not ask for password. However, I transferred the files to my new user account by the old users shared folder, I have now dragged files in the Documents folder but whenever deleting one it still asks for my password :(

    So how do I fix this!? The only thing I can think of is to reapply the priveleges in the new user account, as maybe there is a way to delete properties on the files so that it resets the privileges?? But I don't know how this would be possible.

    One other thing that may help. I use Parallels Desktop 7. The other day I was trying to save a file using my Windows 7 virtual machine, but it failed due to Privileges so I guess this is part of the same problem. As well as this, Safari has not been saving history or bookmarks I add - although this could be different, it might be the same problem. However, on the new account Safari saves bookmarks and history fine.

  2. drsarg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    I was just wondering if anyone knows a solution without reinstalling the whole operating system. Maybe somebody has a suggestion that I missed while completing the steps above?
  3. blatopilot macrumors regular

    Sep 24, 2011
    Try holding SHIFT before boot up to get into safe mode. Same issue?

    Tried re installing with CMD+R? I have little experience with parallels so hopefully someone else can help.
  4. drsarg thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 13, 2010
    I know this is a very late reply but is useful for others with the program. What I did is move my files to my shared folder and then copy them from that shared folder to another username. I then changed the privileges of all the files so that I was the owner and I therefore no longer have a problem. However, I still cannot access one of my external hard drives.

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