Solve quirky problems, increase privacy, and share files better by managing Mac OS X permissions.
Permissions problems got you down? Turn to Unix expert Brian Tanaka's unique guide to the permissions that control access to your files, folders, and disks. Learn how to keep files private, set Ignore Permissions, repair permissions, and delete stuck files. Advanced concepts include the sticky bit, access control lists, bit masks, and symbolic vs. absolute ways to set permissions. Take control of permissions via the Finder, with Mac utilities, and using the command line.
Read this ebook to learn the answers to questions like:
Why do so many problem-solving sites suggest that I repair permissions?
Why can't I always access my own files when I boot from an external drive?
What should I do if someone tells me to "set the permissions to -rw-r--r--"?
What are promiscuous permissions, and should I be informing the vice squad?
What Mac utilities can change permissions, if I don't want to learn Unix?
How do I use the Unix command line to control permissions?
What's an access control list, and why should I care?
Brian Tanaka has worked for a variety of companies including the Well, SGI, Intuit, Nintendo, and RealNetworks. Today, his own company, Martingale-Oak LLC, provides Unix and open source technologies consulting. His articles have appeared in Linux Journal and Sysadmin Magazine.