Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 7:10 AM (in response to motc)
What I don't understand is how this occurred, and why it affected affected so many folders.
Also, I've looked at permissions for files and folders on my MacBook OS 10.5 many times, and never saw the "wheel" name before. But it's there on our new iMac OS 10.8.
One other thing I did with the new iMac, was authorize it to play some iTunes that were originally purchased & stored on a previous iMac (same Apple ID & password as my MacBook). Do you think that might have something to do with the permissions change?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to motc)
I wouldn't think that'd change anything, but wait, seems iTunes may indeed...
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 10:37 AM (in response to motc)
Thank you, BDAqua for the link.
I use my MacBook Pro mainly for creating music (DAW program & plug-ins). I've occasionally had to change permissions on individual plug-ins, but never to a group of folders on this scale.
I'm wondering if there's a way to get my old permissions back, or if I should leave it as is at this point, and add my user name to the permissions on individual folders as the need arises? Don't want to screw everything up, as this is getting a little over my head.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 5:35 PM (in response to motc)
Thanks for your input. One last question:
If I add my name to permissions for the HD folder, with the option "Apply to enclosed items" selected, will my name be added to all the folders that stem off the HD? Or would it be better / safer to do it to individual folders as needed at this point?
Currently Being ModeratedJan 29, 2013 10:47 PM (in response to motc)
Sorry, one more question...
Just to be clear, I should select "Apply to enclosed items" when adding my user name to the HD permissions? (I tried adding my name without selecting the option, but it only changed the HD itself; none of the sub-folders.)
The reason I ask, in researching this I read a post somewhere that cautioned against using that option, though they didn't say why.
Thanks for your patience.
Currently Being ModeratedJan 31, 2013 12:21 PM (in response to BDAqua)
Thanks, actually none of the permissions were changed on my User folder; it was the system folders (HD, Library, Applications etc.), that were changed.
Apparently, the newer Mac OS permissions are set up this way. Again, why my 10.5 permissions were altered is a mystery.
My temporary solution is to add my user name to system folders as needed. After talking with Apple tech support, the long term solution is to back up my computer and do a clean install from the original install DVD, to get the permissions back to the way they were.