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Privileges Are Nice

December 17, 2004

A client was having a strange problem in Safari. As soon as she tried to type into any text field on a website, such as a search field, Safari would abruptly quit. I suspected auto-fill, but it was all off except for using her address card. I took a peek at her address book, and it abruptly quit as well. I thought major corruption, and so did a quick Disk First Aid. No problems. Hmmm... let's go look at the address book files, found in ~/Library/Application Support/Address Book. To my surprise, her ~/Library/Application Support/ folder was empty. A quick check of the permissions in the Get Info box revealed that the folder was owned by "system." I changed that, and everything worked just fine after that.