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buswell_9 Level 1 (0 points)

Im getting fed up of typing my password every single time i want to move files or delete them, It has only started happening since i upgraded to OS X Lion, any ideas how can i stop this?


Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)

    Your .Trash is probably owned by root not you (this happened to me using Migration Assistant)

     

    To put it right run /Utilities/Terminal and issue the command

     

    sudo chown your_user_name .Trash

     

    Authenticate with your admin password and it will then behave as normal

     

  • Michael JS Cox Level 1 (35 points)

    Just had the same thing happen to me, starting today, after the cat walked over the keyboard--at least, that's the only thing I can think of, other than updating Motion, FCPX and Compressor. So thanks for the tip...and for anyone like me who isn't used to the Terminal or entering into it, if there's a space, you leave that space, so that my entry for the above was exactly this:

     

    sudo chown michael .Trash

    and then my password...it works.

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    Did what you said not knowing that I had Utilities anyway or what to do with it!  Followed your guide and hey presto I can now move to the trash without the passwod.  Thanks.

     

    Rutland

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    Michael

     

    I used your 'sudo chown' etc to fix the deleted file into trash, on my new Lion OS, and it worked.  Brilliant.  Thanks very much. Now I find another glitch elsewhere.  If I try to move a document or file etc onto the hard drive icon with Lion I am now asked to authenticate and have to type in my password each time for it to move on to the hard disk.  I didn't have to do that with Snow Leopard.  What is the answer please?  Is it another set of words into the Utilities folder?   If so what are they and what do I do?

     

    Thank you.

     

    Rutland

  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)

    Not for the faint hearted but it drove me nuts not being able to manage the /Applications folder and Utilities, if you really want to take ownership then:

     

    Select Applications and Get Info

    Click the Padlock bottom right and enter the admin password

    Click the + bottom left, it will open your contacts list

    Select your name/normal login account

    It will be added as Read Only, change that to Read & Write

    Hit the little Gear icon at the bottom and select Apply to Enclosed Items

    Let it work through it might take a while

    Close the panel

     

    Be warned this means you can also delete things that could be important so be careful ...

     

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    Michael

     

    Thanks for that.  Unfortunately despite carrying out your ideas to the letter.  It doesn't work for me.

     

    If I want to move any file/doc/picture to the HD it still says 'doc etc can't be moved because Mackintosh HD can't be modified'   It gives me the option to authenticate or cancel.  Obviously by clicking authenticate and putting in my password it allows me to put it into the HD.  A pain of course.  But it does work.

     

    The other gliche I find on Lion is that if I go to the HD and bring up a doc or picture out of it, it has the name that I have given it, say' xyz', at the top of the item with 'locked' in grey letters next to it.  If I then try to add or edit the item it says

     

    'You don’t have permission to write to the folder that the file 'xyz' is in.  You can duplicate this doc and edit the duplicate.  Only the duplicate will include your changes.'  It gives me the option to cancel or duplicate.  If I click duplicate the duplicate doc appears with the same name 'xyz' with copy in black next to it.  I can then amend/edit it and once saved it has 'xyz' with edit next to it.  All very weird.  I didn't get any of this on Snow Leopard.  Is this a new feature of Lion?

  • iVmichael Level 6 (13,725 points)

    It sounds to me like you don't have admin permissions on that username ? check what it shows in System Preferences/Accounts ?

     

    It won't hurt either to run Disc Utility and Repair Permissions on the volume as things might be mixed up ...

     

    With external drives you can Get Info on them and then check 'Ignore Ownership' which would fix things like this but that's not what's going on here.

     

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    Original message sent to myself in error.

     

    Message was edited by: Rutland

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm afraid nothing works to solve it.  I've just tried your latest idea. Repairing, volume and I am listed as administrator.  I'm the only one that uses my machine anyway. What is puzzling is that if you look at each doc (inside the computer in the info bit it, if you see what I mean) it doesn't have the locked box ticked.  Yet it does say locked on the screen picture of the doc as my earlier e-mail.  If you try to edit it.  Anyway thanks for trying.

  • Bangkokerr Level 1 (0 points)

    Trying to simply send things to trash without having the type password every time.

     

    Tried the Terminal command and get this:

     

    Last login: Mon Apr 30 20:09:29 on ttys000

    MacMini:~ david m$ sudo chown david m .Trash

    chown: david: Invalid argument

    MacMini:~ david m$ sudo chown david m .Trash

    chown: david: Invalid argument

    MacMini:~ david m$ sudo chown david m .Trash

    chown: david: Invalid argument

    MacMini:~ david m$

  • hmoore45 Level 1 (0 points)

    I don't have any info on this, but am having the same problem. I just got a new MBP, which is awesome. We have had Macs for years and never seen something like this that requires such a complex fix. Usually, it would be an easy Sys Prefs adjustment for rights. If anybody at Apple is reading this, PLEASE address this in the next update. It's getting annoying to authenticate every time I want to move a file to another folder.

  •  Rutland Level 1 (0 points)

    Had the same trouble on my iMac when I upgraded to Lion.  Basically it wiped my name off as the Account Holder/Administrator list.  Hence it didn't recognise me.  Try to see if it has wiped you off.  If so put yourself in again as Acount Holder/Administrator.  I upgraded my wife's Macbook to Lion and it didn't affect hers.  Best of luck.

  • hmoore45 Level 1 (0 points)

    In Users and Groups Sys Prefs window, I am still the Admin. Is there another place this can be defined?

    Thanks.

  • lantzn Level 1 (130 points)

    What about creating a new user account with admin rights to see if everything works as it should.  If it does, move your files to that account and dump the original.

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