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ID instead of group name in file info
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Taipan
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Aug 23, 2006, 02:55 PM
 
Hi!

I just noticed something strange on my system: For some reason for most of my files and folders the owner's group (staff) is not displayed anymore. In File info it's displayed as "unknown", while terminal shows the group ID (I suppose) "501" instead of the group name. I have no idea why or when that happened. I haven't noticed any effects so far, but I still wonder what caused it. Any hints are appreciated, thanks!
     
iYeat
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Aug 28, 2006, 04:39 AM
 
Did you recently create a new user and delete an old user on the machine?

OS X will assign each user an ID, starting with 501,502,503,etc, and a corresponding group to match. So if you've recently deleted a user, OS X wouldn't find it, and therefore display "unknown" as the user's name.

Terminal will always display the user's ID rather than the name.
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Taipan  (op)
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Aug 28, 2006, 05:21 AM
 
Hi!

Thanks for the input, but I haven't created or deleted users for years now.
     
   
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