WHAT? Cannot write to applications folder?

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  1. Mindflux macrumors 68000

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    Running Disk permission repair, never seen this before.
     
  2. JNB macrumors 604

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    What's your User permissions? Did you authenticate (as root?)
     
  3. Mindflux thread starter macrumors 68000

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    My username is an administrator.

    I authenticated (with my user password) and I can write to applications then.

    I tried to modify the permissions for the applications directory, but finder beachballs and restarts. There are two 'unknown' users listed.

    The user "system" and the group "admin" are missing from the Applications folder permissions. I'm not sure how that happened?
     
  4. JNB macrumors 604

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    So you're saying this is not what you're seeing, right?
     

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    Right, but I fixed it. I had to chown the directory back to root:admin and set the permissions to 776.

    Wonder how the heck that happened.
     
  6. suraj macrumors member

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    I'm having the exact same issue. Did repairing permissions solve the problem for you? Disk Utility has been stuck verifying permissions for a while now.
     
  7. suraj macrumors member

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    Repairing permissions didn't fix it for me.

    Anyone have any suggestions?
     
  8. choreo macrumors regular

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    I have been researching this Unknown User thing in Leopard all weekend. From what I can tell it stems from MIGRATING to Leopard. The Migration process changes your primary User ID from 501 to usually 502. Therefore Disk Utility does not see a problem - YOU are just no longer in possession of the 501 master account - nobody is.

    I have tried several of the suggested "fixes" on the Apple forums (using Terminal etc.) and they have either failed in my case or worked until a restart. I think this is wreaking havoc underneath with several processes.

    This is a known issue and Apple needs to issue a fix - would probably take a standalone utility? There is no excuse for someone who has gone to the time and expense of maintaining pristine backups not being able to successfully migrate their system. They might as well just come out and say "The only way to run Leopard is to reinstall EVERYTHING from scratch". That would have kept me from buying it right there. In other words, their Migration Assistant is worthless IMO. Lots of uses have this Unknown User all through their systems and just don't know it yet.
     
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  10. choreo macrumors regular

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    It appears that the 10.5.2 Combo Update fixed my issue?
     
  11. suraj macrumors member

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    I don't seem to have the problem either.
     

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