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10.5: Join 'wheel' group as possible fix for system issues
Authored by: zo219 on Jul 04, '08 03:30:02PM
Someone asked, But how do I join Wheel ...

I'm not recommending it - but on the other hand, When did this get introduced to Accounts, and more importantly, why:

If you unlock the Accounts pane and right click on Groups, the drop-down is astounding.

Anybody can join anything.

I'd love a precis of what's up with that, and not have to learn all about Unix permissions ... but there it is. Open to the public.

Seems to me the whole system is now "unsafe."

Feedback, please, from Sys Admins and those who know?

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10.5: Join 'wheel' group as possible fix for system issues
Authored by: DrMacMusic on Jul 08, '08 12:52:45PM

Well, all I can say is this hint solved a nagging problem I was having. The game "BookWorm" by PopCap software seemed to work fine, but then after several uses, when I try to run it, I get an error stating:

..."Bookworm needs to run from an account that has administrator access"

My account does have administrator privileges. Deleting the preference file would allow me to run the program, but I would I have to re-register it, and I lose all of my user data. I tried many different things, including repairing permissions but nothing helped until I added my self to the group wheel.

Finally, a couple of comments. The above hint does, in fact, tell you how to add yourself to the group wheel. There is a link to another hint. So I do not understand why so many commenters slam the hint for that reason.

With regard to slamming hints in general, what is the purpose of that? There are many people who look at this site for helpful information. A fraction of these take the time to become members, and a fraction of the members take the time to post, reply, comment, or otherwise share information. No good comes from attacking people who are trying to be helpful. Comment, yes. Disagree, sure. But at least be civil about it.

And remember, if you slam me for my comments, you are simply proving me correct!

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