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Old 04-10-2012, 08:22 AM   #1
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Permission denied Terminal

Helping a friend yesterday on his mac (MBP 17" 2008 - SL 10.6.8 ) i went into Terminal to do something and on opening it I got the message - " you do not have permission to access this application " maybe not the exact words but.....

His user has admin access. I went to get info & all looked right in Sharing/permissions. It said " you have custom access ".

I set up a new user a/c also with admin access & had the same problem.

Can anyone please advise on what might be wrong here.
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Old 04-10-2012, 08:57 AM   #2
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I went to get info & all looked right in Sharing/permissions. It said " you have custom access ".

Does it say "system: read & write; wheel: read only; everyone: read only"?

That's what mine says. If yours is different, you may be able to change it there.
However, the Finder is limited in how it applies and reads file attributes.
What you need to do is go into the Terminal.... oh.

This might be a case where Repairing Permissions may actually help. Failing that, you may have to download some other app -- another Terminal or a File Attribute editor to get a better insight into the ownership and permissions and the ability to change them.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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Does it say "system: read & write; wheel: read only; everyone: read only"?

Yes it does.

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you may have to download some other app -- another Terminal or a File Attribute editor to get a better insight into the ownership and permissions and the ability to change them.

Hmmm - I do tend to try to keep my Terminal use to a minimum, as my knowledge on that level is fairly sparse.

Maybe this is a case where doing an archive & install might be in order. Bit like using a sledgehammer, but at least, i imagine, that should reset everything to default.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:21 AM   #4
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Failing that, you may have to download some other app -- another Terminal or a File Attribute editor to get a better insight into the ownership and permissions and the ability to change them.

I can highly recommend iTerm/iTerm2

http://iterm.sourceforge.net/
http://www.iterm2.com/
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:34 AM   #5
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FileBuddy may be a GUI alternative to using the Terminal.
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Old 04-10-2012, 09:40 AM   #6
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I shall try FileBuddy. I shall get my friend to bring his mac back here & will see how i get on. Thanks all.
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