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Old Feb 23rd, 2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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New HDD, Permission issues

Hi All,

I recently installed a new hard drive in my MacBook and now it seems that some of my permissions are messed up. For example, iCal won't open. When I click it, nothing happens, then its 'not responding'. When I hit 'Get Info' it tells me that 'system' is the owner whereas it used to say 'andrew'

Any ideas on how to fix this?

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Old Feb 23rd, 2007, 03:19 PM   #2
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Please ignore.....seems a reboot made it normal again? Odd....
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Old Feb 23rd, 2007, 03:21 PM   #3
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Old Feb 23rd, 2007, 06:44 PM   #4
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Have you ever used one of the many programs that 'Repair Permissions'?

Some of the favorites are:

Macintosh HD > andrew> Applications > Utilities > Disk Utility

Or others like Onyx, AppleJack, MacJanitor, TinkerTool...


This might save you in the future from other permissions problems you may not be known yet.
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I have 4 HDDs and multiple user accounts on my mac and have permission problems all the time. Often they are are causes of Application crashes. Be careful with ONYX etc. Especially Applejack. I find them to be the cause of permission issues. After a 'Cleanse' by one of these applications I always check each HDD by opening it in the finder and checking the bottom left corner of the window. If you see a pen with an x through it your permissions are screwed up. It is normal to see this on the root your system drive if you are in a non admin account. If you want to restore access in the 'get info' box you have options to reset permissions in the "Ownership and Permissions" tabs. When I encounter wiered applications crashes this is often the cause.
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Permissions in any OS, in order to use thrid party applications to maintain permissions, the optimal install for these applications is before the hardware/applications are ready for daily usage or before "going online". But after ALL APPLICATIONS ARE INSTALLED. Permission based repairs are taken from a baseline snapshot so to speak, so all repairs to the permission files after the fact are ccompared to original snapshot " user correct permissions. If third party applications are installed at a later date your system needs to be 100 % correct or you will/can experience permission errors until a new baseline is established and stored.

But hey what do I know.
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