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Need a way reset ACL permissions without snow leopard CD boot

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Hi, I took the mac into the store today to inquire why my snow leopard won't boot to format the hard drive.  They ended up using the network boot to install the Mac OS because they couldn't figure it out.  Now I have an ACL permissions now that I completed a file migration from the old volume.  Can I make a USB boot to try that?  Is there something I can do with the deskop?
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What do you mean exactly?  The owner is not the same?

chown -R USER_NAME ~
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Never mind.  I used the migration tool and the document permissions were not correct.   Apparently, the account name needs to be more unique to avoid this situation.  I simply performed a get info, selected sharing and permissions, and added administrator group permissions below to fix it
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

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It was the best resolution for the situation
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That's actually not the correct way to set permissions.  Open a terminal and run


chown -R USER_NAME ~/Documents.

It should set it to the new system's proper UID associated with the local system's USER_NAME.
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Why is it not correct when the solution worked?  It there some adverse effect when correcting the situation this way?
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Adding the administrator group means that anyone in that group has access to the group permissions.  You didn't change the owner of the folder.  If the user account you're using happens to lose admin access, then you'll be stuck again.

The correct thing is to actually change the ownership of the files and folders to the user that's supposed to own it.
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Thanks for the help.
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