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10.3: Set the global umask default value
Authored by: dwm on Nov 19, '07 07:37:29PM

Same here, tried all you mentioned and a couple other things to get it working in Leopard 10.5.1. I made sure my Master Password is set. Tried logging in as root. Set root access via the Directory App. Nothing works. It's driving me nuts because I keep running into permissions problems on files that I always had access. Things I could change at will are asking for authentication even when I've verified that I'm running as root, and I own the files. I've got these issues settled down but still can't get a global default umask to stick????

I keep my systems well maintained and have had no serious issues with permissions since I first set NSUmask way back in Panther. Now it's like it was before I set NSUmask, always something. I set NSUmask in
/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist, and ~/Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist

It worked great in Tiger right up to including 10.4.10. Every time I did a system update or re-install my settings were respected and copied over. Not so with Leopard, it seems to be dead. All attempts to set the NSUmask are verified as registered but none are functioning.

I don't know if this a bug, or because Apple has down graded the duties of the Finder. I've been hoping someone else would verify if it's an issue to report to Apple, or if there is some other intended way to set NSUmask, or maybe it's a closed door.

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