What are "permissions"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by superspiffy, Aug 6, 2007.

  1. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

    Feb 6, 2007
    As a recent switcher from the world of Windows, what are permissions and what does repairing permissions actually do?
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Permissions specify who (which accounts) can do what to each file - read it, write it, run it, etc. They're like the "Security" tab items when you get the Properties of a file in Windows.

    Sometimes they get out of whack, and repairing them ensures the right accounts can do the right things to each of the files.

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