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How to fix Home folder permissions on Mac

APPLIES TO:
  • Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac Standard Edition

Symptoms

You can face one of the following issues after upgrading to Parallels Desktop 6 for Mac:
  • Cmd+Tab doesn't work to switch between Mac OS X and Windows applications, you can only see Mac OS X applications listed when running Coherence mode.
  • There is no Windows application icon in the Dock when application is running.

Cause

Wrong permissions are set to your Home folder (/Users/user_name) and Parallels Desktop cannot create the "Applications" folder to store links for applications installed in a virtual machine.

Sample:

Run the following command in Terminal:
$ ls -la ~


You will receive the output with wrong permissions:
drwxr-xr-x 34 501 staff 1156 24 Jul 11:30 Alpha


The right permissions should be:
drwxr-xr-x 34 Alpha staff 1156 24 Jul 11:30 Alpha


NOTE: Alpha was used for illustrative purposes only. Please change the user name according to your own.

Resolution

You can apply one of the solutions below to fix Home folder permissions:

1) Go to /Users/ -> right-click on your Home folder -> Get info -> Sharing&Permissions -> set Privilege to Read&Write.

NOTE: If this option is grayed out please click on Lock sign in the right bottom corner of the window to allow making changes. You will need to enter your Mac account password.

or

2) Go to /Applications/Utilities/ -> start Terminal and type the following command:
sudo chown Alpha Alpha


NOTE: You will need to enter your Administrator password, but you will not see the password while typing. 




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