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High Sierra Permissions Problem

John Payne
Well, I finally got bored waiting for reasons to put off installing High
Sierra, so I took the plunge. Everything seemed to go quickly and
smoothly, and that photo of sunlight hitting colorful scrub growth in
the mountains is gorgeous, to say the least. I installed HS over a
partition that had been running El Capitan

BUT ... as soon as I started organizing files, I started getting
requests for my password. Trash a file? Password, please. Move a file?
Password, please. Good Grief! Aha! But I learned a long time ago how to
fix that rascal: Select the HD, Get Info, open the lock at the bottom,
add my name to the users list, and switch permissions to read/write.
Except ...  it didn't work. When I tried to put my name (as admin) in
the user list, up popped a message, saying basically "You don't have
permission to do that". Hmm.

Tried several other tricks, to no avail; Finally, not wanting to
reinstall/clean install (just yet) I checked the Apple Support Forums
(or "Communities", as they want them to be called now). And Presto!,
there was a post or two with the exact problem I'm having (first time
that's ever happened). Apple Support referred the user to article
"Resolve issues caused by changing the permissions of items in your home
folder" Well, not EXACTLY the same problem. but the post WAS the exact
problem I'm having; the poor fellow had spent two hours on the phone
with Apple, and Apple Tech Support was baffled ... "give us a couple of
days to work on it". Hmm. So, I guess I was a little premature after
all. Back to the Sierra partition. Let's see what happens.

John Payne



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Re: High Sierra Permissions Problem

@lbutlr
On 16 Oct 2017, at 14:42, John Payne <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Select the HD, Get Info, open the lock at the bottom, add my name to the users list, and switch permissions to read/write. Except ...  it didn't work. When I tried to put my name (as admin) in the user list, up popped a message, saying basically "You don't have permission to do that". Hmm.

The root of the boot drive is protected by SIP., you cannot claim ownership of it.

You can selected your user folder, set yourself as owner, and apply to all enclosed files and folders.

If there are non-system folders at the root of your boot drive (there should not be) you can take ownership of those. You will always need an admin password to delete from /Applications, but admins will not require a password to copy an Application in.

Where are these files located that are promoting for admin privs?

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