What are "permissions"?

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

  1. superspiffy macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    As a recent switcher from the world of Windows, what are permissions and what does repairing permissions actually do?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

    jsw

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    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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