Permissions not right! (write?) Help!

whyrichard

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Aug 15, 2002
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Hey,

Somehow my permissions on my home folder are not right. Ever since SL i've had problems with these somehow...

I try to change my entire home folder to:
my user: read/write
everyone: no access

and i apply to all enclosed items, with me as an owner, but still many folders have the permissions:
system: read/write
system: read/write
everyone: no access

!!!

how do i fix this? i can't go through all the folders manually and switch them all... how did this get screwed up? Why are there two 'system"?

repair disk permissions comes up with nothing...

Should i reinstall everything from scratch?



thanks,

r.
 

Infrared

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Mar 28, 2007
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Should i reinstall everything from scratch?
It would be better to create a new account, copy across the
files you need and delete the old account. But there may be
things to try before you get to that point.
 

whyrichard

macrumors 68000
Original poster
Aug 15, 2002
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... hmmmm.... last time i did that i had to change the permissions of all the files that i copied from one account to the other...

how best to do that?

r.
 

milbournosphere

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Mar 3, 2009
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San Diego, CA
Chmod?

Have you tried a chmod on the home directory in the Terminal?

i think the command you want is: chmod -R 700 /Users/[your user name here]

This should apply the following settings to the your home directory:
User: Read, Write, Execute
Group: No access
Everyone: No access

I'm not quite sure what effect this will have on the hidden folders present in your home directory, but it already sounds like things are messed up so it's worth a try...

If all else fails, thank God for Time Machine!
 
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