Scheduled CHMOD Reset - PLEASE HELP!

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  1. mainstay macrumors 6502

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    I have a mixed office where MS Office files keep getting their permissions saved as read-only. Every once in a while I go in and reset the permissions for a folder with BATCHMOD.

    But for some reason a couple of the systems are doing this more and more frequently and I am sick of hearing how the "server is broken".

    Anyone know of a reliable way to schedule a permissions reset using Automator or...?

    Thanks - as Christmas is here I'd love to try and spend some time with the family, not my cranky customers.
     
  2. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    Can you give more info on the server it is residing on. Resetting permissions on a schedule would not be the best solution as it is just a bandaid for a larger underlying issue.
     
  3. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502

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    good point about the band aid.

    It is a snow leopard server with a shared folder that everyone has access to read and write from (there are other, secure directories, but this common folder is the one with issues).

    When I look at the permissions on a file it shows everyone has read / write.

    When I load this file in Excel, make a change, and then save, I get a:

    Access is denied. Contact your system Administrator

    Some users ARE able to save, but then the file becomes READ only.
     
  4. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    What can happen with Office files is if users as using or editing directly from the share permissions get all funked up.
     
  5. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502

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    band aid, band aid...

    it's a good comment - and appreciated. I re-applied my ACL and for the moment that seems to be working and I believe that to be what the larger underlying issue was.

    I was fixated on the POSIX settings and missed the fact that the ACL wasn't looking right.

    "What can happen with Office files is if users as using or editing directly from the share permissions get all funked up. "

    Do you have any suggestions / commentary on loading Office files directly from a server in such a way that the permissions do NOT get messed up?

    I wouldn't want them to be copying them to a local system, working on them, and then sending them back to their original location...

    I have set "everyone" to "full control" for now...

    Oh PLEASE let me get some down time for Christmas... I'm about to start showing up at this customer's office with a shotgun soon... =)
     
  6. Mattie Num Nums macrumors 68030

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    I haven't found any sure fire way unfortunately. Re-ACLing will def. help though. I tell my users never work directly from the share drive. At first they kicked and screamed but after a few months of not calling me I realized they were happy that things worked now.
     
  7. mainstay thread starter macrumors 6502

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    so the problem persists.

    word and excel files saved onto a shared mac sharepoint with ACL of Everyone = Full Control often gets READ only permission.

    I am new to Automator and cannot find a way to simply get it to select the top folder (data) and then propogate Everyone = Full Control every night at 10 PM.

    Does anyone have ANY insight into this?
     

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