Mac: Fixing Home folder permissions

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 In OS 10.7, some users experienced permissions issues with their home folders. Bookshelf was affected by these permissions issues with users experiencing the error message "Bookshelf cannot create Books folder” when trying to launch the application. This error can occur when an OS X user has a locked home folder or when the user's permissions are not read/write in the users home folder. In order to rule out any permissions issues with OS X 10.7 or higher, you will need to do the following:

 

Unlock the home folder:

  • Log in to your user account on your Mac that is received the error.
  • Open a new Finder window (press "command" and "n" on your keyboard)
  • In the new Finder window locate your home folder in the Source list
  • Select your home folder and go to File > Get Info
  • In the General section, make sure the box for "Locked" is un-checked
  • If your home folder was locked, relaunch Bookshelf. It should now successfully launch. If your home folder is unlocked proceed to the next steps.

 

Correcting Home folder Permissions - OS X 10.7 (Lion) 10.8 (Mountain Lion)

  • Restart your Mac and hold down the "command" and "r" buttons held down on your keyboard until you see the Apple logo and spinning wheel displayed on your display.
  • When you see the OS X Utilities window displayed, go to the menu at top of the screen. Select Utilities.
  • Select Terminal from the submenu
  • In the terminal prompt enter passwordreset and press return.
  • The Password Reset Window will appear. Close the terminal window by pressing the X button in the Terminal Window.
  • In the Password Reset Window, Click on your HD that is listed in the "Select the volume containing the user account:" section.
  • In the "Select the user account:" drop down, choose your user account.
  • Go to the bottom of the Password Reset Window, and press the Reset button.
  • Once the process has completed running and the Reset button now says Done, go to the  menu and select Restart.
  • Once your computer restarts, launch Bookshelf. It should now successfully launch.

 

Correcting Home folder Permissions - OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard)

  • Boot from your Mac OS X Install Disc by inserting your install disc in your Mac, then go to the  menu and select Restart. 
  • Once restarted hold down the "c" key on your keyboard until you see the Apple Logo and spinning wheel displayed on your display.
  • Click through the menus until you after you’ve accepted a license agreement.
  • Go to the Utilities menu and select Reset Password
  • In the Password Reset Window, click on your HD that is listed in the "Select the volume containing the user account:" section.
  • In the "Select the user account:" drop down, choose your user account.
  • Go to the bottom of the Password Reset Window, and press the Reset button.
  • Once the process has completed running and the Reset button now says Done, go to the menu and select Restart.
  • Once your computer restarts, launch Bookshelf. It should now successfully launch.

 

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