Messed up permissions/privileges, bizarre, unable to fix...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by interfuse, Jan 4, 2010.

  1. interfuse macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2006

    I have an external HDD with 2 partitions. One is bootable with 10.6.2 on it.

    Somehow while booted off the external drive, the permissions of the computer's internal drive and the 2nd partition of the external have been messed up, and I am unable to correct the permissions.

    The only way I can access the partition is if I logon as Root user. How ever, even as Root user I am still unable to change the privileges via Get Info. When I change it to Read & Write, it just changes back to "Custom". Please see screen shot attached.

    Any information would be appreciated, as this is really starting to drive me nuts.


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  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Odds are there is an access control list somewhere that is causing this behavior. Since ACLs can be inherited, unlike UNIX permissions, the way to find where it's set is to start with a troublesome folder, and keep going up the directory tree until you find a normal folder, or reach the root of the drive.
  3. interfuse thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 18, 2006
    The root of the drive is locked & has those bizarre privileges.

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