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I have mountain lion and was fiddling with permissions on /usr/bin. I am locked out and get permission denied errors when I do ls -al on that folder.

I cannot use sudo as it says sudo not found. I can see the sudo folder under /usr/bin but I guess the permission and ownership issues is making it inaccessible.

Any pointer would be appreciated.

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why where you messing with permissions on /usr/bin? Theres zero reason to do that.... – prodigitalson Dec 31 '12 at 21:02
    
Installing some gems and needed to create a symlink to the gcc-4.2 installed with brew. – sunny31 Dec 31 '12 at 21:05
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If it is just a permissions issue (and not ownership) you should be able to use Finder to fix it. Use Go to Folder (Shift-Command-G), go to /usr, click on the bin folder, bring up the information window (Command-I), click the lock in the lower right corner and authenticate, and then adjust the permissions.

They should look like this:

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Thanks!! That worked. – sunny31 Dec 31 '12 at 21:04

Seams like you royally screwed up. ^^, Find a magnet and with a steady hand rewrite permissions on your hard drive. This will take a really steady hand to execute as a minor error might damage the other contents of your hard drive.

Alternatively you could repair disk permissions like this: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1452

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Thanks Andreas, David's comment above resolved it. – sunny31 Dec 31 '12 at 21:07

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