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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: mrmobius on Aug 04, '10 06:53:47AM

I see what you are saying with this, but the more I think about it, this seems to reveal a security problem rather than a feature. The main problem the poster is having is getting past user permissions not a file move. In UNIX all files are set with permissions. User folders are set to No Access for all other users on a system, and READ Only for the the root level of each respective user. With one user this is really a non-issue but with multiple users on the same machine the individual user folders are not visible nor read/write to each other user. This is a GOOD thing. This means that without administrator access and a knowledge of sudo in the terminal, users can not copy from or to other users folders on the same machine. This AppleScript seems to negate that without administrator access which would seem like a security bug not a feature.

Also the author may not have tried to do a get info on the folders in question and simpy change the ownership to his current user, then move the files in the Finder with the command key.

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Moving folders in Finder without copying
Authored by: mantrid on Aug 04, '10 07:28:46AM

Who said anything about circumventing permissions or doing anything without administrator access? When required, a cmd-drag in Panther invokes an authentication dialog so that an administrator could organize things quickly from the GUI. Tiger and later, an admin in this situation can't move from the GUI at all.

Ugh, this is the biggest problem with Apple's increased market share. Too many recent switchers and newbies that have no recollection of how elegant the Mac used to be even just five years ago, unable to recognize how kludgy OS X has become, blissfully unaware that they are settling for mediocrity are drowing out the voices of those who realize how good it could actually be.

You tell your computer to move some files and it copies them instead. It won't move them no matter what. How are people defending this? Change the ownership and then move as an alternative? Once you have changed the ownership or permissions you wouldn't even need the command key so do you even know what you are talking about? Maybe check your facts before posting irrelevant comments prepended with "seems" to substitute for actually testing something first. Regardless, you could have done the two step move in 10.3 if you wanted to as well, but how is that better than just moving it in one step as was once possible? Less consistency with Mac conventions, reduced capabilities overall. It's a downgrade.

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