Removed Wheel Permissions from HD

Thegoldenlion

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I removed wheel permissions from the entire mac partition of my hd. Resetpermissions through recovery terminal has failed. Hd is too full to complete macOS reinstall. Help.
 

DeltaMac

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OP has not returned since posting several weeks ago.
Your linked thread basically says that reinstalling macOS does the trick (which it should :D )
OP apparently was trying to do that.
But, the OP's drive was too full, as he stated. The fix is to make enough space on the drive to allow the reinstall.
Hopefully, the OP has fixed his issue by now.
 
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madrich

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OP has not returned since posting several weeks ago.
Your linked thread basically says that reinstalling macOS does the trick (which it should :D )
OP apparently was trying to do that.
But, the OP's drive was too full, as he stated. The fix is to make enough space on the drive to allow the reinstall.
Hopefully, the OP has fixed his issue by now.
Thank you for your oversight comments. I am a novice. When I saw they "wheel" permissions listed on my MBA I thought I had been hacked, so I deleted it. My MBA would not restart and it became stuck. I found the above comments and reinstalled El Capitan OSX . I thought I would lose all my data, but I did not. All is as before; including the wheel permissions is back. I will leave it alone.

Do you know why my data was not erased with OSX reinstall?
 

DeltaMac

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You would not lose your data as a result of a simple reinstall of OS X, unless you made a choice to go into Disk Utility, and erase your drive first.
There's no reason to do THAT, as you simply screwed up your system by removing a major piece of the system (the "wheel" user --- used internally by the system)
And, reinstalling OS X does a re-load of all the system components. It checks during the install that all components are complete, and in the correct location.

If you have spent some time around MS Windows, it is similar to a repair install of Windows - a good first step in getting Windows to work properly when you have problems with a Windows system.

So, reinstalling OS X basically "repairs" the install of OS X that was already in place, including all your own files, settings and apps that you might have added to your Mac system. THOSE parts are not affected, just the basic system is reinstalled.
 
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madrich

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You would not lose your data as a result of a simple reinstall of OS X, unless you made a choice to go into Disk Utility, and erase your drive first.
There's no reason to do THAT, as you simply screwed up your system by removing a major piece of the system (the "wheel" user --- used internally by the system)
And, reinstalling OS X does a re-load of all the system components. It checks during the install that all components are complete, and in the correct location.

If you have spent some time around MS Windows, it is similar to a repair install of Windows - a good first step in getting Windows to work properly when you have problems with a Windows system.

So, reinstalling OS X basically "repairs" the install of OS X that was already in place, including all your own files, settings and apps that you might have added to your Mac system. THOSE parts are not affected, just the basic system is reinstalled.
Thank you again. I appreciate your help.