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Permissions problem "custom" being created

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Steve Gran Calculating status...
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Feb 25, 2008 11:54 PM
I'm have some very annoying problems with permissions. When I try to copy files over to my MacBook (using file sharing) I get the following message:

+You may need to enter the name and password for an administrator on this computer to change the item named "filename"+

I click Continue but then I get:

+The item "filename" contains one or more items you do not have permission to read.+

However I am logged in with my one and only account (which does have administrator access). What's worse, the file then is given a "Custom" privilege along with my "Read & Write" privilege. So it now has two privileges for this file with the same username (Me) but one is Read & Write and the other is Custom.

I have tried to run Repair Disk Permissions but it shows nothing is wrong. I should also mention that I can copy over files from my MacBook to the iMac but ANY file I try to copy over to the MacBook from the iMac gives me this same problem.
iMac 20" Core2Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Neville Mayfield Level 4 Level 4 (1,305 points)
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    Feb 26, 2008 2:50 AM (in response to Steve Gran)
    Steve,
    I'm not sure why you are getting a custom permission. One thought about the copying - have you allowed in Sharing preferences on the iMac 'File Sharing' by ticking the box for this item? If you haven't this could be the problem.

    You should also check that 'Allow access for all users is ticked.

    Neville
    Macbook Pro 2.2, 160GB, 250GB WD ext, Mac OS X (10.5.2), eMac 1.42MHz, 160GB, 1.5 GB, Superdrive, 100GB Lacie ext
  • Király Level 6 Level 6 (9,470 points)
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    Feb 26, 2008 9:28 AM (in response to Steve Gran)
    Permissions on your home folder are borked. Many of the folders should have ACLs on them, and the ACLs are missing.

    Boot from your Leopard DVD, choose Reset Password from the menu, and use the utility to reset the permissions of your home folder.
    eMac (1.25GHz USB 2.0), 768MB, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Merlik Calculating status...
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    Feb 26, 2008 1:05 PM (in response to Steve Gran)
    I have the same issue on a bunch of my files. I ran repair permissions from inside leopard, reset them using the disk, and they are still messed up. I have manually gone through and set enough of them to access properly for the system to be usable but after spending 2-3 hours on the phone with apple support they don't even know what is causing this. I'm glad it isn't just me.
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Neville Mayfield Level 4 Level 4 (1,305 points)
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    Feb 27, 2008 12:17 AM (in response to Merlik)
    I have to admit that what's happening to you guys is beyond me. I think it would be wise to report this through Apple's feedback process. You get to this by clicking on the Contact Us at the bottom RH corner of these pages. On the page that comes up go to the lower RH section and choose the appropriate feedback option. Give Apple as much detail as you can so they can set their real guru's to the task and hopefully a subsequent update will correct the problem.

    Neville
    Macbook Pro 2.2, 160GB, 250GB WD ext, Mac OS X (10.5.2), eMac 1.42MHz, 160GB, 1.5 GB, Superdrive, 100GB Lacie ext
  • Xander314 Calculating status...
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    Mar 18, 2008 5:05 AM (in response to Merlik)
    Thank goodness I'm not the only one! Apple Support was no help for me either. I really hope this get fixed soon. It makes everything such a pain.
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Matari Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 19, 2008 3:58 AM (in response to Steve Gran)
    Hi
    My new macbook is giving me hassle with regard to permissions too. I downloaded the latest copy of skype this week and when i tried to install it into my applications folder i couldn't because i did not have adequate authorisation apparently. I had to delete the old version, before the applications folder would accept the new one. Today I installed a canon printer driver and was denied access. If i delete something using appzapper i have to put in my password. In fact I seem to be unnecessarily blocked all over the place. It is almost as if the macbook does not recognise me as an administrator - and similar to someone else on the forum, there is only one user account on the macbook which is ME! I am also glad that I am not the only one suffering this.
    MacBook Pro/Macbook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Tony Diaz1 Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 19, 2008 7:47 PM (in response to Matari)
    Permissions and file sharing have been all whacked up since OS X debuted. When I first put 10.5 on one of the Mac's I was blown away, all the computers instantly showed up on the shares.

    Sleep the Powerbook, the icon drops. Wake it up, the icon shows back up. Wow!

    Well, that still works. But the message I get is that bit about you may need to enter an administrator password.. and well, it never asks and it never copies.

    Please bring back OS 9 Filesharing that just worked.

    ..and fix the flippin' Finder! Ugh.

    None of the suggestions in this thread have fixed this issue. No permissions errors were found, I set it to "everyone" read & write, and applied to all enclosed items. No dice.

    -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 tdiaz staff 0 Feb 4 20:30 test-16.pdf
    -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 tdiaz staff 0 Feb 12 13:31 test-17.pdf
    -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 tdiaz staff 141519 Feb 12 13:52 test-18.pdf
    -rwxrwxrwx@ 1 tdiaz staff 104974 Feb 12 14:02 test-19.pdf

    Maybe SMB will work better...

    Message was edited by: Tony Diaz1
    Powerbook 17 1.5GHz, 15 1.67GHz, DPG4 1.25GHz ,MacPro Mac of the Month Club, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Brian Harmann Calculating status...
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    Mar 20, 2008 6:50 AM (in response to Tony Diaz1)
    ok, if it is one file run: sudo chmod -a# 0 file

    if you have files all over your home directory, run: chmod -R -N ~

    That fixed it for me. I had the custome flag on over half my home folder items...all good now
    MBP 2.33, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Daniel Warne Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Mar 20, 2008 8:34 PM (in response to Steve Gran)
    Here's the answer...

    http://briancray.com/blog/entry/fix-your-apple-os-x-leopard-home-directory-permi ssions/

    Fixed everything up for me. (Though he only ran it on his home directory -- represented by the tilde symbol ~ in the commands listed, whereas I had to run it on the Applications folder as well by replacing the ~ with /Applications.)
    MBP 15" 2.6GHz C2D, 250GB, 4GB, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • nbidgood Calculating status...
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    Apr 27, 2008 1:42 PM (in response to Daniel Warne)
    I was having this problem with "custom" permissions throughout my iTunes Music folder.

    AppleCare was clueless and just referred me to the support discussions - I should have just come here first.

    The chmod fix worked, thanks!
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • griffdb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Apr 29, 2008 8:18 PM (in response to Brian Harmann)
    Excellent on the chmod -R -N ~

    Thank you.
    MacMini 1.83 GHz Intel, 2 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.1), Airport Extreme n-compatible
  • heyp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jun 27, 2008 12:00 PM (in response to Steve Gran)
    I have custom access on my internal hard drive and Users folder. How do I get rid of this?
    Mac OS X (10.5.3)

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