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I will not go into what I did, or why I did it, but my primary Home Folder is now unattainable, showing a red dot with the minus symbol, on the lower righthand corner of the folder.

I’ve already tried various ways to rectify the situation, without success.

Is there a quick and easy, safe and simple, way to regain access to my primary Home Folder?

What I have noticed so far.

1/ With a Safe Mode start, the Login Window appears to be normal. The primary and other users are shown.

2/ If I select the primary user, the desktop window opens with only the spinning wheel shown. The only way to get out of it, is to do a shutdown with the power button.

3/ In the Users & Groups preference pane, the primary user is shown, but there is no login items option shown, only the Reset Password option.

4/ In the Users Folder, the folder for the primary user has the red dot with the minus symbol.

5/ If I try to replace that particular folder with a Time Machine backup of the most recent folder without the red dot, ‘The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred. (Error Code - 8003)

6/ Get Info of the of the problematic folder inside the Users folder, Sharing & Permissions: You have unknown access.

iMac Retina 4K, 21.5 inch, late 2015
10.13.4
 

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If you're logging in from an administrator account, you can reset the permissions on the folder. The Terminal command in the last step is particularly important, as that's what propagates the fixed permissions.
 

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If you're logging in from an administrator account, you can reset the permissions on the folder. The Terminal command in the last step is particularly important, as that's what propagates the fixed permissions.
Tried it again, but the only Administrator Account that I'm able to repair permissions on, is the one that is working. Even Terminal shows permission repair complete for the account that I'm presently using. But access to the other users folder which I want to use, is still impossible.

Again, so far I have found absolutely no way to repair permissions on the users folder with the red dot.
 
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