Public folder frustration

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Bronek, Jan 28, 2011.

  1. Bronek macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2011
    Help. I am new to Macs. I am setting up my new iMac and i am having frustrating problem with the "Public" folders. I have 2 separate accounts and I cannot see the content of the public folder when I switch users. I set all permissions under "system preferences" "users". Everything is set to share and "read and Write" and it still does not work.
    Any ideas?
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Do you mean you can't see the contents of the Public folder of user account 1 while being logged into user account 2?
    If that is the case, then that is the norm. You only have write access to another user account's public folder, only the user itself has read rights.
  3. PurdueGuy macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    Not true. If you are UserA, you should be able to see the contents of "/Users/UserB/Public/" You have write-only access to "/Users/UserB/Public/Drop Box/" so you can put files in UserB's area.

    This is how my directories permissions appear, and what I can/cannot read/write:
    Mini:~ UserA$ whoami
    Mini:Public UserA$ cd ~/Public/
    Mini:Public UserA$ ls -l
    total 0
    drwx-wx-wx+ 3 UserA  staff  102 Dec  2  2009 Drop Box
    Mini:~ UserA$ cd /Users/UserB/Public/
    Mini:Public UserA$ ls -l
    total 8
    drwx-wx-wx+ 5 UserB  staff  170 Feb 10  2010 Drop Box
    -rw-r--r--  1 UserB  staff   19 Jan 28 19:41 test.txt
    -rw-r--r--  1 UserB  staff   15 Jan 28 19:47 test2.txt
    Mini:Public UserA$ cat test.txt
    Can you read this?
    Mini:Public UserA$ cat test2.txt
    It's readable.
    Mini:Public UserA$ echo "UserA wrote this" > test3.txt
    -bash: test3.txt: Permission denied
    Mini:Public UserA$ echo "UserA wrote this" > Drop\ Box/test3.txt
    Mini:Public UserA$
    Mini:Public UserA$ ls -l Drop\ Box/
    ls: : Permission denied
    Mini:Public UserA$  

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