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Take Control of Permissions in Mac OS X
Oct 13, 2005

Take Control of Permissions in Mac OS X: Tiger Edition

Solve quirky problems, increase privacy, and share files better by managing Mac OS X permissions.

This 10.4-Tiger-focused ebook is no longer for sale, though if you really need a copy, please get in touch with us. You may instead wish to purchase Take Control of Permissions in Leopard or Take Control of Permissions in Snow Leopard.

More Info

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?

Has anything changed with permissions since this ebook was published in 2005?

In terms of Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger and earlier versions of Mac OS X, honestly, no, nothing has much changed, and the ebook is still current for those versions of Mac OS X.

However, we’ve created another ebook about 10.5 Leopard—Take Control of Permissions in Leopard, so if you need help with permissions in Leopard, you should purchase that ebook instead of this one. And, for 10.6 Snow Leopard, there’s Take Control of Permissions in Snow Leopard.

  1. Third-Party GUI Tools Update

    This ebook discusses three third-party tools: FileXaminer, Super Get Info, and XRay/XRay II. Today, only FileXaminer remains. Super Get Info has been discontinued. XRay has Leopard and Snow Leopard issues the author is not intending to address. The sole survivor, FileXaminer, now has a 14-day trial. (The previous trial period was 7 days.)

    Posted by Adam Engst (Permalink)

The Author

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.