Trying to run this compand in terminal:
sudo chown -R yourid:yourgroup local
However, I have no idea what my ID and my group are, or where to find them. Any ideas?
On OS X, your primary group is always
staff unless you or your user directory manager changed it.
What's a primary group? The primary group of a user is by default the owner of all files created by that user.
For the purposes of
chmod on your computer, you can use either your numeric user ID (e.g. 501), or your account name (e.g.
danielbeck). The latter is different from the user name you usually see in the UI (e.g. Daniel Beck).
You can determine your account name using any of the following:
It's the name of your home directory (unless you customized it) in Finder's title or side bar
whoami in Terminal – so a
chown -R $(whoami):staff should suffice. You can also get your primary group with
groups $(whoami) | cut -d' ' -f1.
Open System Preferences » Users & Groups, unlock the pane if necessary, right-click your user name (the single list entry in the Current User section), and select Advanced Options…. It's the field Account Name in the newly opened dialog window. This dialog also shows you your primary group.
id in Terminal for more verbose output. This will include your numeric user ID. It'll also list all groups you're a member of, not just your primary group. The first group is the primary one.
id command from the terminal. It will display your uid and the groups you belong to. For example,
here is my output showing my user id (534), group id (20) and the groups I belong to
uid=534(galuga) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff)
This will show your userid.
$ id -u 502
This will show your group names. The group names are inside parentheses.
$ id uid=502(whoami) gid=20(staff) groups=20(staff),702(com.apple.sharepoint.group.2),12(everyone),61(localaccounts),79(_appserverusr),80(admin),81(_appserveradm),98(_lpadmin),33(_appstore),100(_lpoperator),204(_developer),395(com.apple.access_ftp),398(com.apple.access_screensharing),399(com.apple.access_ssh)
in Terminal, go to
~/Documents and run
ls -la. Your user name and group will be listed next to each of the files/directories.
It should look like this:
drwxr-xr-x 2 username usergroup 4096 Oct 17 2012 Templates