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Ownership or Sharing&Permissions info. wont go back to factory Default

It used to be called "Ownership & Permissions" in Tiger. It's changed names as new OS X versions came out. In Snow Leopard, it's called My "Sharing & Permissions" (on mine) under the "Get Info." on each Folder starting at my HD,mounted on Desktop, Mac HD and everything under it, including "Home Folder", Applications, Desktop, etc., will not return to the Factory Defaults. I've tried every type of reinstall. I know it should NOT say I am the Owner, with Read & Write, I am the Group w/"Read & Write" and All Others, "No Access" or "write only(drop Box)" I know the "System" owns the OS, but can't find it anywhere! The last time I looked, after a Fresh Install, total Nuke & Pave, Snow Leopard had downloaded Tiger OS X files overnight into .plist files in Library/Preference/ and, ! That's Not supposed to happen. I wont even boot it up to look before I have a fix or not.

I had already upgraded to Lion before I noticed I was the only person with RW and no access to all others on most files,Folders,Drives. I had taken it apart at 1 time,lost a screw on lower case body, or inside battery area. Might have replaced wrong screws in wrong holes, shorting something and one outside remains empty,too many possible problems. Need full factory defaults back and cannot resolve. I've sent it to Apple for RAM upgrade. Sent it to a different Apple dealer, None are able to fix it. I know a Unix command can do it, or is a paperweight?

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I do not understand your Question. Do you wish sharing to be ''enabled or disabled"?


I just got this mail 5 minutes ago.....sorry,

I generally don't need sharing, never used it. I am just trying to find the correct Default Permissions to System, admin, staff, owner-dutch(me), everyone. I say Sharing & Permissions only because thats what they're labeled as under any Folder / Get info. I don't share anything. The 2 different OS X systems I have aren't smart enough,Lol. My early '08 intel MacBook Snow Leopard 10.5.6 is synching files from my PowerMac6,3 G4 PPC Tiger 10.4.11. There could be many causes, but I need to correct 1 area at a time.

Thank You for the help.



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when you use the Disk Utility to Repair Permissions (a long standing troubleshooting maneuver in OS X) it doesn’t actually repair the permission settings on folders and files in your Home folder! (That’s where your documents and many applications reside.) There’s a second Repair Permissions tool hidden away in Lion!

This tool is squirreled away for some reason inside an obscure password reset feature. Here’s how to use it.

1. Restart Lion, and before you hear the chime, hold down the Command and R keys.

2. You’ll see the Repair Utilities screen. Click the Utilities item in the Menu Bar, then click Terminal.

3. In the Terminal window, type "resetpassword" (mins ")and hit Return.

4. The Password Reset Utility opens, but don't reset the password! Instead, click the icon for your Mac’s hard drive at the top. From the dropdown menu below it, select the user account where you’re having issues.

5. At the bottom of the window, you’ll see Reset Home Directory Permissions and ACLs. Click the Reset button there.

The reset process can take a couple of minutes. When it’s done, exit the programs you’ve opened and restart your Mac.

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