2 Replies Latest reply: Jun 25, 2012 4:04 PM by mdavenport
mdavenport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I put my iTunes and Pictures folders under /Users/Shared so that I can sync my library and pictures to both my wife and my iPhones (we have 2 logons).

 

This is what the permissions are at by default to the /Users/Shared folder

 

/Users/Shared
- System - R&W
- wheel - R&W
- everyone - R&W

 

This is what is set at /Users/Shared/Pictures after I added myself and my wife (nothing else was changed)

 

/Users/Shared/Pictures
- me - R&W
- wife - R&W
- wheel - readonly
- everyone - R&W

 

However when I add new photos into subfolders of this folder, the permissions are not inherited from Pictures, instead this is what I get:-

 

/Users/Shared/Pictures/test
- me - R&W
- wheel - readonly
- everyone - readonly

 

So as you can see the wifes permissions are not their and everyone has changed from R&W to readonly.

 

I have tried CMD+I and running the setting "Apply to enclosed items".

 

This seems to fix it but then next time I add another subfolder to /Users/Shared/Pictures the same happens again.

 

Any ideas? It seems as inheritance isn't working (or not at least how I expect it to)??

 

Thanks in advance.

  • 1. Re: Permission inheritence
    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,840 points)

    File permissions are not heritable (except in a limited sense that doesn't help you.) Access-control lists are, but to set those you need to use the shell or a third-party utility such as "TinkerTool System." A simpler way to accomplish what you're trying to do is to put the shared files on an external drive, or a separate partition of the boot drive, and to set the flag to ignore ownership on that volume (it's set by default.) Another option is to put the files on a disk image, but then they won't be backed up by Time Machine except when the image is unmounted.

  • 2. Re: Permission inheritence
    mdavenport Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hmmm, that feels a very limited option..

     

    Surely others must store their iTunes library for example in the /users/shared area and both people have permissions to update etc..?

     

    Hope there are some other workable options.  Best take a look at TinkerTool..