Forum Question: Permissions in Lion

Gary since updating to Lion, I noticed two new unfamiliar things at least. For one my NAS drive connected to an Airport Extreme has a “unknown” in the “Sharing and Permissions” and I can not seem to add or make changes. there are two user accounts, my wife and I. for some reason I can read and write to it, but my wife can not. Also noticed on my Main HD I have like this: “system”:read/write, “wheel”(?):read only, and “everyone”:read only. The one I do not understand is the “wheel” and I believe on my Snow Leopard, I had administrators listed in the “permissions”. Any thoughts as to what Lion is doing?

Comments: 9 Responses to “Permissions in Lion”

    7/30/11 @ 10:31 am

    Really hard to diagnose from here.
    wheel is a group that contains the root user. Not sure how that affects this particular item, though.
    By NAS do you mean some sort of third-party NAS solution, or just a plain hard drive connected to your TC via USB? If so, then you use AirPort Utility to set its permissions, I think. Perhaps you have permission and your wife’s account doesn’t?

    7/30/11 @ 10:44 am

    With my boot HD in snow leopard it used to say Admin: read/write now on Lion it does not have Admin but just wheel: read only. The “system” still says read/write. Just odd in what I am used to.
    Yes it’s a vanilla HD connected to a AE. if I plug the HD directly to Mac I get the “usual” “me” read/write privileges but once I connect back to AE it shows that “unknown”. I have file sharing for NAS on AE set to access by AE password. The thing is it seems only one person at a time can be connected. If I am connected to it, when I log into wife account she had no privileges even though the password is in her keychain. What I have to do is disconnect NAS and than reconnect in whatever User Account inam in currently but again the other has no privileges, until of course I disconnect and reconnect with the other user. Very weird. I upgraded to lion using Migration. Thinking of just manually migrating to get things straight.

    7/30/11 @ 10:46 am

    And when I say “disconnect NAS” I did nor mean physically. I mean unmount it

      7/30/11 @ 10:57 am

      Strange. I don’t have a setup like yours, so I’m afraid I can’t be of much help.

    7/30/11 @ 11:06 am

    Ok thanks. But just real quick when you do an Command-I for your Boot Drive on Lion, do you have the usual “me” read/write, “Admin” read/write?

      7/30/11 @ 11:08 am

      I have:
      system: Read & Write
      wheel: Read only
      everyone: Read only
      And that is on a brand new MacBook Air with Lion pre-installed.

    7/30/11 @ 11:15 am

    Lion must change the Boot Drive permissions. On Snow Leopard I had
    System read/write
    Admin read/write
    Everyone read only
    Like I said if the Boot HD is not broke no need to fix. It’s just what I am not use to and trying to understand Lion’s permissions on Boot Drive. Snow Leopard’s made sense to me, this does not.

    7/30/11 @ 11:17 am

    Sigh of relief to know you have the same set of permissions on your Lion Boot Drive though:).

    7/30/11 @ 11:50 am

    Apparently Apple has changed the AFP in Lion so I am reading.

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