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CraigS Apr 27, 2000 03:19 PM
help with system folder protection
I recently gave my iMac (running os9) to my somewhat curious father, can someone recommend a way to protect the system folder - thus saving me nightly visits to reinstall significant portions of the os. Las night he somehow trashed open transport (which also kills sherlock-- a *wonderful* catch 22

any help would be greatly appreciated!!!

Tintim Apr 27, 2000 07:46 PM
There is a an option to lock the System Folder on the General Controls control panel.
Cipher13 Apr 27, 2000 09:25 PM
Though the option to lock the System Folder is in there, on quite a few of the newer Macs it is disabled for some reason. I've seen it disabled on mny iMac rev D's, and on my new G4. All were running OS 9. If anyone knows how to enable the lock option...

wlonh Apr 27, 2000 09:27 PM
it is disbled due to Keychain and Multi users etc, i do believe
Cipher13 Apr 28, 2000 10:09 PM
I have multi-users off and have tried the General controls with Keychain locked and unlocked, and there's no change - grayed out still... Something with OS 9 obviously - I have not seen a single Mac with OS 9 that can lock the sys or app folder.
This includes both the new Macs and Macs back to the 5500...

wlonh Apr 28, 2000 10:35 PM
that is just exactly what i meant, the new feature(s) in MacOS 9 that i mentioned_preclude_the folder protection in General Controls... it is over-ridden and not available

or that is what i read somewhere i think
Art D Apr 28, 2000 11:34 PM
Check out this Apple TIL article:

wlonh Apr 28, 2000 11:59 PM
thanks Art D, that removes all ambiguity
Cipher13 Apr 29, 2000 01:36 AM
Oh, ok.
I read what you wrote wrong :-)

P May 3, 2000 05:01 PM
The point everyone seems to be trying to make is that you should use the Multiple Users feature to lock down the OS from your father. You do this by opening the Multiple Users control panel, enabling multiple users at the bottom of the window and set up a new account. Name it with your fathers name and set it to "Limited". Now you can set exactly what he can do. Don't forget to set the Owner password so you can change the settings when necessary.
Misha May 3, 2000 06:52 PM
I still think Apple should enable this option again... it's a quick-'n'-easy way to protect the System Folder without needing to set up Multiple Users.
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