mkdir foo in my home directory throws up a 'permission denied'. I've checked permissions ls -l drwx------+ 22 Edward staff 748 7 Sep 11:02 Edward And looks fine. I even did an explicit chmod 700 on it, made no difference. Tried changing the permissions from Finder->Info, also makes no difference. I've run disk utility to check permissions and that found some problems but none in my home directory. I've patched OSX to 10.5.8 and re-booted. None of this makes any difference and I have no idea what else to try. Oh, yes I can run mkdir to create directories elsewhere, so the problem isn't that I lack execute permissions on mkdir. At my wits end- help!