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GUI for editing Mac OS X access control lists.   Free
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Sandbox... For years, standard POSIX permissions did a good job of defining access to our files and folders. But as our needs have become more complex, operating systems have begun implementing access control lists to help handle things. When Apple shipped Mac OS X 10.4, they added a robust granular permissions model. Unfortunately, only Mac OS X Server ships with a GUI for manipulating these permissions.

Enter Sandbox, stage left. What does Sandbox have to offer you? An organized, full-featured GUI for editing Mac OS X's access control lists. A software update system so you never
What's New
Version 2.2: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4.4 or later, and some understanding of how access control lists in OS X 10.4 work.

About that last requirement: Sandbox is a tool for server admins and engineers, and power users—generally intended for those who have at least the fundamentals of ACLs under their belts, and not your typical home user. Apple's File Services Administration documentation is a good place to start to gain an understanding of how the system works.



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Sandbox User Discussion (Write a Review)
ver. 2.x:
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Michael-Vilain reviewed on 03 Nov 2011
tried running this on 10.6.8 and it threw and exception after entering the admin username and password. Any way to contact this developer is obfuscated so that tells me he's not interested in fixing problems. That's why I think think this app should be given a wide birth. Don't trust it or it's developer.

Pity. I so wanted to like it. Went with TinkerTool System.
[Version 2.2]

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tibbar replied on 05 Jun 2012
It's common practice to obfuscate email addresses with simple human-readable puzzles like removing the @ symbol and substituting it with the word "at". Who knows if it's really effective against spambots, but I don't blame him for trying.
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Michael-Vilain replied on 06 Jun 2012
Even sending email to mikey-san@bungie.org fails. His domain's mail server seems to be filtering all email unless it's tagged a cetain way. Most likely a challenge/response system. Clearly, he's done with this tools and doesn't want to be bothered.
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Cerniuk commented on 27 Feb 2011
First fired it up and it yields two AppleScript errors:

Pressed the "Inspect Folder…" button and

The variable theCell is not defined. (-2753)

Then dismissed the dialog, was presented with a file picker (not the one typically shown by the OS) and when I scrolled I got:

Can’t set «class disC» of «class broW» id 20 of «class splV» id 19 of window id 18 to "". (-10006)

Sorry, but that makes me very nervous about running this utility and then having my disk in even worse shape than the OS put it into...
[Version 2.2]


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6502addict commented on 04 Jun 2010
The need for an admin id/password is annoying and unnecessary.
[Version 2.2]

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tibbar replied on 05 Jun 2012
Changing permissions/ACLs often requires administrator privileges. If Sandbox saved the admin password, people would be complaining in the next breath that it was a security hole.
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Brandon Edling reviewed on 21 Dec 2008
Now that Apple has moved FileSharing from WGM to ServerAdmin, this makes more sense... and it's gotten quite a bit nicer as well (from what I can remember from three years ago!)
[Version 2.2]


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nytewurk reviewed on 05 Feb 2007
Nice. Looks and feels quite well put together. Seems to take good advantage of the POSIX ACL API within OS X. Just started using it so I'm not sure if it's doing it's job reliably.

Always glad to see a developer making the effort to introduce more security related software to the macintosh platform. Not enough of it. Thanks. Keep it locked.

Cheers
[Version 2.1]


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Brandonedling commented on 24 Oct 2005
Perhaps I'm missing something, but why not just use Workgroup Manager?
[Version 1.2.2]

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Anonymous commented on 24 Oct 2005
The Workgroup Manager exists only in OS X Server. Without a third party application to do the job, the only way to enable ACLs in OS X client is on the command line.
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marook replied on 22 Nov 2007
Because WGM is not that great, even on Server. Sometimes it just won't set the permissions.. glad to see an alternative.. :-)
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encro replied on 11 Jul 2008
While Sandbox is certainly great you can also use Workgroup Manager on OS X Client by downloading the Server Admin Tools from the Apple site. You don't need to use OS X Server to use these tools.
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Speacock rated on 15 Sep 2012

[Version 2.2]



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tibbar rated on 05 Jun 2012

[Version 2.2]


Downloads:27,382
Version Downloads:20,972
Type:Utilities : File Management
License:Free
Date:11 Jul 2008
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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Sandbox... For years, standard POSIX permissions did a good job of defining access to our files and folders. But as our needs have become more complex, operating systems have begun implementing access control lists to help handle things. When Apple shipped Mac OS X 10.4, they added a robust granular permissions model. Unfortunately, only Mac OS X Server ships with a GUI for manipulating these permissions.

Enter Sandbox, stage left. What does Sandbox have to offer you? An organized, full-featured GUI for editing Mac OS X's access control lists. A software update system so you never have to come back to this page to check for updates (but you're welcome to anyway). A simple, easy-to-use panel for enabling and disabling ACL functionality.


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