4 Replies Latest reply: Feb 9, 2010 2:28 AM by Bankim J. Tejani
sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Everytime I start MacOS 10.6.2 on either of my two Mac Pro's, I get the following error:

"Insecure Startup Items Folder Detected"
Items in the Startup Items folder (“/Library/StartupItems/”) have not been started because the folder does not have the proper security settings.

Although I have not sensed or found anything that was not working, the error is getting very annoying. Does anyone know, or know where I could find, the correct permissions for the StartupItems folder and it's contents?

Mac Pro, MacBook Pro, Mac Mini Server, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: StartupItems Folder Permissions
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    both that folder and the files inside should be owned by the system and have group wheel on them. the permissions on the folder should be 755. do you have anything in that folder? running "repair permissions" in disk utility should fix permissions on it.
  • 2. Re: StartupItems Folder Permissions
    sysx Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Thanks for the information. I was not very comfortable to dive right into the Command Line Interface, but I was able to use chmod & chgrp to fix my problem on the MacBook Pro. Still need to finish fixing the Mac Pro, but I am confident you solved my problem.

    I did have some folders and files (some hidden) in my StartupItems Folder that needed repair, but I resolved some of them by just discarding them since I had no ill effects from not having them running prior to the repair. So far so good.
  • 3. Re: StartupItems Folder Permissions
    Nikaya Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same problem, but I have no idea how to do either of the things mentioned above. I suppose I am only mildly computer literate...but I definitely need the "...For Idiots" version of the fix-it. What on Earth is "chmod or chgrp"...and how do you use them?
  • 4. Re: StartupItems Folder Permissions
    Bankim J. Tejani Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Open a terminal window (Utilities->Terminal.app)

    chown - changes ownership of a file/directory
    chgrp - changes group of a file/directory
    chmod - modifies permissions of a file/directory
    sudo - enables you to take a super user role for the proceeding command

    You can use any of the above commands with a "-h" flag to get help on using the command. The following sequence of commands will set the directory correctly:

    cd /Library/
    sudo chmod 755 StartupItems
    sudo chown root StartupItems
    sudo chgrp wheel StartupItems

    You can verify by using: ls -la
    In the results you should see:

    drwxr-xr-x 4 root wheel 136 Feb 8 18:39 StartupItems

    You may also find this intro to command line for Mac (GUI) users helpful:
    http://db.tidbits.com/article/7003