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Mac Server 10.6 - some users accounts have no rights on Home folder - help???

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Hi All,


I have been having this problem with a few user accounts run from our OS 10.6.7 Server.


The user accounts are not able to move/delete files or folders. Unable to delete their trash - when logged in to any of our mac minis (10.6.8).


Permissions on home folders on server look fine and comparable with accounts that do not display these probelms. I have tried forcing chown just in case, but no difference.


Any ideas on what I could try next?



Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.6.7), Mac Server
  • Don Roedl Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)

    Hello - Can you give more detail on what happens when a user attempts these actions? Is there a permissions error? Also, If you do a 'Get Info' on the user home and nested folders, what do the permissions show at that point?

  • Don Roedl Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)

    Ok, lets see....So you have a mix of accounts with homes. Some have privileges to make changes to files, others do not. Question: When you attempt to throw out a file from the desktop, and the authenticaion window comes up, which login does it want? Is it the logged in network user, or the admin of the local workstation?


    Also, If you were to create a brand new 'test' user, and log in as this user from one of the minis, does that user have rights to make changes to his files?

  • Don Roedl Level 2 Level 2 (210 points)

    Hello Shane,


    I think the quick remedy here would be to just create new user homes for the affected users on the server. Move the users current home folder to the root level of the drive so you can access the files for movement. Then create a new home via WGM. This lets the server assign fresh permsissions to a new home. That should remedy whatever is wrong with the current homedir. Then move the users files from within the folders of the old home (don't move the users old folders, but the files from inside the folders to the corresponding folders) back into the newly created home and propogate permissions or use a utility like BatchMod to copy down permissions on the new folders inside the new homes. If that doesn't work for some reason, then follow the same procedure but delete the user account first also, and recreate it. Perhaps use a slightly different short name. This will assign a new UID to the user. You may never know what happened to the old homes, but at least you will be done with this problem.


    Also a note. Sometimes when you move the users ~Library files, you may encounter a problem with finder sidebar in an open finder window, depending upon the OS. If this happens you will know right away as the sidebar will seem frozen. If encountered, simply delete the users plist and then relog in as the user.


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