Permissions on root directory/Macintosh HD?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Hastings101, Apr 22, 2011.

  1. Hastings101 macrumors 68020

    Hastings101

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    #1
    I noticed that after a software update this morning I can no longer write to the root directory of OS X without giving my password. I don't usually use it for anything anyway but I'm wondering why this suddenly kicked in?

    Get info permissions:
    System - Read & Write
    Admin - Read Only (used to be Read & Write)
    Everyone - Read Only

    I just want to make sure that nothing's wrong with my OS X install :)
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    #2
    Strange.
    I checked on my MBA with 10.6.7 and I have'

    System / read&write
    admin / read&write
    everyone / read only.
     
  3. talmy macrumors 601

    talmy

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    #3
    A quick check on my MacBook (which I have with me at the moment) and my home Snow Leopard Server show Admin group being Read Only. This seems to be very reasonable since there is no legitimate reason to be creating new files or folders in the root directory. External drives are all Read&Write in their roots.
     
  4. Hastings101 thread starter macrumors 68020

    Hastings101

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    #4
    Thanks for sharing, just wanted to make sure some setting wasn't messed up or something. It's weird that on some Macs, like the guy above's and mine before the update, Admin is read/write though. You'd think there'd be a standard for that directory or something.
     

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