I have been through nightmares with permission problems and all I can suggest ist to go ahead with "Clean Install".
My problems started with Safari freezing after an update and the "genius" staff at "Genius Bar" performed all magic they knew and suggested there being a problem within my "user profile". They suggested me creating a new User and "they" transferred all my files to the new user and deleted the old one. The nighmare got worse because the transferred files had something attached to their tail from 1st user and would not let the 2nd "new" user deal with them. Next advice by Genius Bar was upgrade to Lion as my OS was Snow Leopard. I did this too and nothing changed and all Permission Repairs did no change. I had problems backing-up iPhone, I was unable to deal freely with iPhoto, iCal, etc, etc.
The story is simply too long and I can only suggest, do a clean install and forget the rest.
I did this yesterday and my only worry is; "if I use my back-up from Time Machine, will I again face the same permission problems since the back-ups were from a user now deleted and non-existant?"
Yes it will!
I had a freshly bought MacBook Pro and it all started when I installed from the Time Machine...
The only suggestion I have is to copy and paste one folder, and see if it has any problem. Back then I was so happy with the function of migrating the whole previows computer that I didn't do it "one by one", or by hand each file...
Do try it and let me know, please, I'm considering re-installing the whole system and I'm wondering if that would happen.
The Genius who helped you was nothing of the sort. If you find yourself back in that same Apple Store looking for assistance, and the same Genius tries to help you... RUN! Suggesting that you install a major OS update to fix this is about as dumb as a mechanic wanting to rebuild your car's engine to fix a sticky sunroof.
You've posted this on the tail end of an old, long topic... that's never a good idea. In the future, start your own. However, what you need to do is probably to reset your user folder permissions. Since you are now using Lion, hold down command-R at startup. When the Mac OS X Utilities window appears, choose Terminal from the Utilities menu. Type "resetpassword" (without the quotes) and hit return. Do not change the password in the window that appears... click the Reset button under "Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs".
Thomas A Reed wrote:
The Genius who helped you was nothing of the sort. If you find yourself back in that same Apple Store looking for assistance, and the same Genius tries to help you... RUN!
A "Genius" is just a vendor which sold sufficiently well to get a new cap.
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) dimanche 22 janvier 2012
iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 12 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.2
My Box account is : http://www.box.com/s/00qnssoyeq2xvc22ra4k
My iDisk is : http://public.me.com/koenigyvan
Your guess is right and the problem persist when files are restored from back-up.
I just tried this with Mail restore. It does restore all mail in the Mail Folder in the new User Library of the new Mac OSX Lion, however, it does not make any changes to the preferences saying no permission.
I will now try what "Thomas A Reed" has suggested, namely to "reset password" and see if this works with the Mail restore. If not, I don't know further.
I have not yet tried your suggestion but the way it goes, I will do exactly as you said the next time I switch on the MacBook, and I sure hope it helps.
If not, I will have no other alternative but to create mail accounts again and download mals again but the mails I kept on last Mail and deleted in Gmal & Yahoo are lost for ever. I will post my unique experiences!!
I downloaded BatChmod free and easily after a google search. It worked well and unlocked my files! I no longer have a pencil with a line / slash through it on the bottom left of my finder window for these folders! Yay!
Easily enough, Find the file/folder you're having trouble with, set your Owner to "R, W, X" and then check "Change ownership...", "Unlock", "Clear ACLs" and "apply to enclosed folders". You're done!
I recently upgraded my computer and all my music/video/photo files were kept in an external hard drive "Meda" folder. The folder became locked out when I ported all the backup files on my Time Machine into a OS-Journaled hard drive. I'm not sure if they were initially locked because they were from a Time Machine backup or because I switched computers and lost the permissions somewhere. Since I moved my Time Machine profile over, too, I should've technically still had permissions.
Hello! this appears on mine! Its different on the trash section! Please help! It keeps asking me for the password when I try to put something in the trash and then it deletes it automatically!
drwxr-xr-x 26 501 staff 884 Jan 21 13:33 .
drwxr-xr-x 6 root admin 204 Jan 14 13:41 ..
-rw------- 1 RafaelAvilaS staff 3 Jan 2 2011 .CFUserTextEncoding
-rw-r--r--@ 1 RafaelAvilaS staff 24580 Feb 13 16:05 .DS_Store
drwx------ 10 501 admin 340 Feb 15 00:06 .Trash
drwxr-xr-x 4 RafaelAvilaS staff 136 Mar 17 2011 .adobe
-rw------- 1 RafaelAvilaS staff 3747 Feb 15 00:11 .bash_history
drwxr-xr-x 3 RafaelAvilaS staff 102 Nov 9 23:09 .config
drwx------ 3 RafaelAvilaS staff 102 Oct 22 18:07 .cups
drwx------ 14 RafaelAvilaS staff 476 Feb 14 23:55 .dropbox
drwxr-xr-x 17 RafaelAvilaS staff 578 Sep 27 01:00 .fontconfig
drwxr-xr-x 3 RafaelAvilaS staff 102 Sep 27 00:58 .mplayer
drwxr-xr-x 27 RafaelAvilaS staff 918 May 25 2011 .pseint
drwxr-xr-x 2 RafaelAvilaS staff 68 Mar 17 2011 Applications
drwx------ 15 RafaelAvilaS staff 510 Feb 14 14:59 Desktop
drwx------ 57 RafaelAvilaS staff 1938 Feb 14 23:24 Documents
drwx------ 348 RafaelAvilaS staff 11832 Feb 15 00:10 Downloads
drwx------@ 16 RafaelAvilaS staff 544 Feb 14 15:16 Dropbox
drwx------@ 50 RafaelAvilaS staff 1700 Feb 13 16:13 Library
drwxr-xr-x 4 RafaelAvilaS staff 136 Jan 5 2011 LimeWire
drwx------ 5 RafaelAvilaS staff 170 May 9 2011 Movies
drwx------ 8 RafaelAvilaS staff 272 Feb 24 2011 Music
drwx------ 171 RafaelAvilaS staff 5814 Feb 12 23:32 Pictures
drwxr-xr-x 6 RafaelAvilaS staff 204 Jun 30 2011 Public
drwxr-xr-x 5 RafaelAvilaS staff 170 Jan 2 2011 Sites
-rw-r--r-- 1 RafaelAvilaS staff 303805 Nov 16 20:45 save4e0e.tmp
Thanks for your help!
When I received the late release of Onyx, I applied it.
Here are the permissions applying to items of my Home folder:
Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 15 février 2012
iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 12 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8 and 10.7.3
My Box account is : http://www.box.com/s/00qnssoyeq2xvc22ra4k
Thanks for the sudo "chmod -RN ~" command! -N removed the OSX specific ACL's from the files in my home directory but left the UNIX permissions intact... I can copy, move, and delete files properly now... -N is a nonstandard flag for the unix chmod command, so I didn't even know to check for it.. (sigh)
To everyone afraid to try it.. Don't be... Just make sure you're logged into terminal as the user who's having the issue. You can tell because when you are in the terminal, if you look at the prompt, the user your currently logged into the terminal as will be the item just before the '$'.
If you're logged in under someone elses name, or you "sudo su - ", the prompt will not contain your username, like this:
That being said, I ran the command as root (because I'm a tard) and it caused no ill effects. The root user's home directory is NOT the same as the root directorty of your primary disk so I got a bit lucky there... I don't recommend you attempt it as well though.. ;-)
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