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System Wide Permissions Problem

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Jan 28, 2013 10:21 PM

I have a MacBook Pro, OS 10.5.8, which I've been using since 2009, and this is the first time I've encountered the problem described below.

 

I'm suddenly having what seems to be a system wide permissions problem. Tonight I found I couldn't add a new folder (the option was grayed out), and I noticed a pencil icon with a line through it at the bottom of the window. When I chose Get Info for that window, my name was missing from Sharing & Permissions. There was also a new name, "wheel", which I've never seen before. (3 names in all: system, wheel, eveyone.) This affects a lot of folders stemming off the HD (Applications, Library, etc.), but my user folder folder is unaffected.

 

I've rebuilt the permissions several times in Disk Utility, and also repaired the disk after getting an error message when verifying. But the permissions problem is still there.

 

So I'm wondering what in the heck could have caused this, and how can I fix it?

 

I found I could add my name back to the permissions list in one of the affected folders, using Get Info, and this solved the issue for that folder, but there are a LOT of folders with the same issue. Perhaps if I did this with the HD folder, and selected the "Apply to enclosed items" option at the bottom?

 

FWIW, we just bought & set up a new iMac, OS 10.8.2, last week. I looked at a number of folders on it using Get Info, and it seems to be configured pretty much the same way with regard to permissions, which is a little spooky. Don't know if it makes any difference, but I used the same user name, login password, apple ID & password when I set up the new computer as I have on my Macbook. Could that have caused this somehow?

 

Thanks for any help or thoughts.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 28, 2013 11:27 PM (in response to motc)

    Might try BatchMod, it's much better/easier than the Finder for recursive Permission changes, but careful, it's powerful...

     

    http://www.lagentesoft.com/batchmod/index.html

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 10:11 AM (in response to motc)

    I wouldn't think that'd change anything, but wait, seems iTunes may indeed...

     

    http://superuser.com/questions/191955/what-is-the-wheel-user-in-os-x

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 3:35 PM (in response to motc)

    Not likely to get things back the way they were for some reason, a least add you to have rights.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 29, 2013 10:02 PM (in response to motc)

    Everything enclosed wthhin that folder should change rights fpr you... I'd try that.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,805 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:45 AM (in response to motc)

    Well, I'm not sure I'd want to do the whole drive, but the subfolders, like Users folder, then Apply to enclosed items should be fine.

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