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I tried changing the name of the directory back, but when logging back into the old user the files weren't picked up.

So now I have all my files and programs on a new user but I don't have permission for things like /usr/local/etc.

Is there a way to fix this from the settings or do I have to go back and give myself permission manually?

If I have to do it manually, which directories should I mod?


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NOTE: This technique works in Linux, only assuming the same is true for OSX.

To fix permissions in your home directory

Open a terminal:

# ls -ld /Users/christophe
# chown -R christophe:christophe /Users/christophe
# ls -ld /Users/christophe

You may also need to chmod 700 /Users/christophe

EDIT: This might be the safer route.

To fix permissions outside your home directory

Use Disk Utility's Repair Disk permissions feature

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