non-admin user cannot modify files in Leopard

Discussion in 'Apple' started by paris2venice, Jul 27, 2008.

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    paris2venice Guest

    I just set up a Mac Lab full of iMac C2Ds with 10.5 in which I have
    an admin user and a standard user. The standard user is, of course,
    the one which students will use the Mac. However, I just received an
    email in which one user says that she cannot modify files and that her
    files are opening in "Compatibility mode". She said that the file
    ownership is what it should be but she didn't clarify the permssions.
    Thanks for any help. I am flying to Europe tomorrow and I am
    desperate especially since I thought I had resolved all issues before
    departing. Many thanks.
    paris2venice, Jul 27, 2008
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    paris2venice Guest

    Well, I just tested Word 2008 and was able to save without a problem.
    So now I can't determine quite what she's referring to. Google
    certainly has references to Compatibility Mode and Leopard but there's
    not enough information for me to analyze this further.
    paris2venice, Jul 28, 2008
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    paris2venice Guest

    Now I have more information. She says that the problem only exists
    when she tries to save to her external disk. She further states that
    it does not happen when using a iMac G5 running 10.4. Anybody have an
    idea what this could be? Although I'm flying to London today, I did
    suggest that she watch this thread if anyone can contribute anything.
    Thanks a bunch and, um ... ciao!
    paris2venice, Jul 28, 2008
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    Dave Seaman Guest

    Probably she needs to do a "Get Info" on the external disk and check the
    box marked "Ignore permissions on this disk".
    Dave Seaman, Jul 28, 2008
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    J.J. O'Shea Guest

    She is, I take it, running 10.5.x, and Office 2008? What format is the disk?
    HFS+? FAT? FAT32? NTFS? If NTFS, what write-to-NTFS utility is she using? The
    free one or the one from Paragon? Are the files being saved as .DOC or .DOCX?
    (At a guess, if Word's blathering about 'Compatibility Mode' it's probably
    ..DOC, but stranger things have happened and we _are_ talking Mickeysoft
    here.) What happens if she tries to save in .RTF?
    Okay, that means it's an Intel thing.
    J.J. O'Shea, Jul 28, 2008
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    Wes Groleau Guest

    Not necessarily. Her UID/GID on that Mac
    might have permission to write to the disk.

    Wes Groleau

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    Wes Groleau, Jul 29, 2008
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