Submit Hint Search The Forums LinksStatsPollsHeadlinesRSS
14,000 hints and counting!

Create a universally shared read/write volume System
Coming from a UNIX world, I imagined that all file permissions were sacrosanct! So, how to have a "jobs" volume, where the different users of the computer could read and write each other's files without always getting 'insufficient privilege' messages? The shell 'umask' doesn't work, because the Finder is not a shell!

But lo and behold, the Finder can *ignore* permissions! Select your volume, File -> Show_Info, and click 'Ignore privileges on this volume' in the Privileges section. Presto, you can now read and write other people's files on that volume!

Check out the original Knowledge Base article (106604) for more details...

[Editor's note: Also see this hint, which discusses how the Ignore Privileges flag is used with removable drives.]
  • Currently 0.00 / 5
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  (0 votes cast)

Create a universally shared read/write volume | 5 comments | Create New Account
Click here to return to the 'Create a universally shared read/write volume' hint
The following comments are owned by whoever posted them. This site is not responsible for what they say.
No such option
Authored by: sjonke on Jul 30, '02 10:53:03AM

I just tried this and there is no such option available. I get the usual privileges panel with everything disabled (and no sign of any "ignore privileges" option, disabled or not) because the volume is owned by "system". Is this only the case if you have made yourself the owner of the volume instead of system or are logged in as root? In an case I hope it isn't normally available even to admins. It sounds like bad news, no?

[ Reply to This | # ]
Re: No such option
Authored by: hayne on Jul 30, '02 01:11:18PM

I suspect that this option is not available on the boot volume - the one containing the OS in use.

[ Reply to This | # ]
No such option
Authored by: sevenoftoine on Jul 30, '02 01:58:58PM

Hmmm, good point. The 'Jobs' volume in question is a separate partition I made. I'll have to go and check who the owner is, though I don't recall explicitly manipulating it, i.e. it's pretty much a straight, raw, HFS+ partition.

[ Reply to This | # ]
No such option
Authored by: flixen on Jul 30, '02 06:09:34PM

O, but it does work, on non system partitions and disks

[ Reply to This | # ]
No such option
Authored by: jail on Aug 01, '02 02:40:06AM

i have two hard drives, on the boot disk the option isn't available, on the second hard drive, it's available. this is about the most usefull thing out, i wish i could use it on all drives with superuser access

[ Reply to This | # ]