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I have now found out on two separate occasions that the set user ID bit is very important, even for GUI apps where you might not expect it to be. This is because some GUI apps require to be root in order to get their work done.

I have had problems using both NetInfo Manager and Disk Utility after copying them over from another machine and thus not having their set user ID bit set. In the case of Disk Utility, the situation is worse because there are several executables in the application package, all of which need their set user ID bit to be set in order to get anything done.

The solution to this is use chmod to set the set user ID bit on the executables stored within each package. In fact, you can just to set the set user ID bit for everything in the package. This can be done as follows in the Terminal:

[For NetInfo Manager]
sudo chmod -R 4775 /Applications/Utilities/NetInfo

[For Disk Utility]
sudo chmod -R 4775 /Applications/Utilities/Disk

NB: This relies on everything in the application package already being owned by root. If this is not the case, just do the following:

[For NetInfo Manager]
sudo chown -R root /Applications/Utilities/NetInfo

[For Disk Utility]
sudo chown -R root /Applications/Utilities/Disk
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