Skip navigation

There is an "unknown" user in my folder info windows

572 Views 3 Replies Latest reply: Nov 19, 2012 10:50 PM by BDAqua RSS
keraunoscopia Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
Currently Being Moderated
Nov 16, 2012 9:53 AM

Picture 1.png

 

Who is this mysterious "unknown" user? I can never change his (or her) Privileges. The icon, currently grayed out, is of a user behind a timepiece, a Lépine by the looks of it.

 

How can I get rid of him (or her) without actually defenestrating my laptop?

MacBook Pro 17", Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2.4 GHz 2GB
  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,510 points)

    This means that the Group ownership field has a Group ID that is not contained in /etc/group, so the Finder just substitutes 'unknown'.

     

    There are 4 billion possible Group ID numbers, but only a handful are ever used.  Somehow you have stored a file on your system that is using a Group ID that does not contain a name in /etc/group

     

    For example, if you received a ZIP file (or any other container file) and unpacked it, it is possible that the Group ID from another system was used when creating the file on your Mac.

     

    You can use Applicaitons -> Utilities -> Terminal to change the group owner

     

    sudo chgrp staff "/path/to/the/file.name"

     

    Or you can just ignore this, as it is most likely harmless

     

    Message was edited by: BobHarris

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)

    I'm pretty sure you can ignore it... did you ever migrate thing from another user or OSX version to this Mac?

Actions

More Like This

  • Retrieving data ...

Bookmarked By (0)

Legend

  • This solved my question - 10 points
  • This helped me - 5 points
This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. Apple disclaims any and all liability for the acts, omissions and conduct of any third parties in connection with or related to your use of the site. All postings and use of the content on this site are subject to the Apple Support Communities Terms of Use.