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10.3: Move and trash root-owned files from the Finder Desktop
If you are familiar with the old OS X way of modifier keys with dragging, you will know that holding down the Command key will force an item to be moved (as opposed to copied).

In Panther, if you are an administrator dealing with a root-owned file that you have no write access to, you can move around and trash the file by holding down the Command key as you drag.

This is a most excellent and useful trick that will save many a trip to the Terminal!

[robg adds: In testing this, it became very obvious that the purpose of the Command key has changed in the Finder. No longer can you Command-drag to move something; in fact, on two machines, I couldn't use Command-drag at all -- holding Command and attempting to click on something fails. Instead, click and hold the mouse button first to drag the item, then press Command and drag the item around. This is a very useful trick - when dealing with root-owned files, you'll notice that the "can't write" symbol (the slashed circle) disappears as soon as you press the Command key while dragging.]
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10.3: Move and trash root-owned files from the Finder
Authored by: liquidgood on Oct 29, '03 02:19:34PM

hmm. this seems odd to me.
robg, i'm not quite sure you mean; command-drag still moves files between file systems for me, and i can command-click on files just like before.
command-drag also will have the finder prompt me for my password, say, to move a root-owned file, and it will work.
however, the weird thing is that it seems i can just delete any file, regardless of permissions, from the finder by dragging it to the trash. in the terminal, i can't.
i did a clean install with the retail panther and ran the 10.3.1 update yesterday. anyone else have this?



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10.3: Move and trash root-owned files from the Finder
Authored by: bluehz on Oct 29, '03 06:12:42PM

I have noticed that pretty much any file you try to alter - if you don't nromally have permission to alter it - will present a dialog now that allows you to enter a password and continue on your merry way. If they had put this feature in the initial build of OS X we wouldn't have heard so much whining about permissions, etc.



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10.3: Move and trash root-owned files from the Finder
Authored by: Murphy on Oct 30, '03 09:36:56AM

I think it's bad - I found out I can delete or view files of other people on my computer by just changing the owner in the info window, without using sudo or logging in as root. I don't think it was possible that way before.



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