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Sharing everything with multiple users on one machine
Authored by: cpragman on Mar 23, '04 09:00:04AM
My wife and I share most documents, Music, and iPhoto library in a similar way. This works for us in 10.2.8 (where all users are members of the "staff" group by default, not sure if 10.3 uses "staff" as the default group). Make a new folder called /Users/shared/staff. Move your ~/iPhoto and ~/iTunes folders there. Put symlinks in your home folder that point to them. Do the same in your spouse/partner's Home folder. Also make a folder for shared documents, such as /Users/shared/staff/documents. Create a shell script (ex.,, to periodically ensure that files are being shared nicely between users. Execute this shellscript hourly using CRON.

chgrp -R staff /Users/shared/staff/*
chmod -R g=rw /Users/shared/staff/*

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