AFP Weirdness Appears to be Perms Mystery

Problem: User connects his Mac (running Snow Leopard 10.6.x) to Apple Xserve (running OS X Server 10.6.x) over AFP, authenticates successfully, yet cannot view contents of a particular folder.

Investigation: SSH into Xserve, verify permissions of folder, its contents and its parents, ownerships, group memberships, etc. Everything appears to be in order. What could be the problem?

Solution: Remove trailing space in folder name. Instead of “Software_DD-MM-YYYY”, creator of folder has named it “Software_DD-MM-YYYY ” with a space character at the end. Removal of space at the end = contents viewable.

Stupid computers.

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One thought on “AFP Weirdness Appears to be Perms Mystery

  1. I’ve seen that happen over the years as well. It usually only happens when the folder with the trailing space is on a network drive or server. Never seems to be an issue a the local drive.

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