Sometimes theres a need to dig around in the OS X file system without restriction, (which also means without protection) for example should you need access to files or folders, but don’t fancy switching permissions or playing with complex terminal commands.

Using the single lined command below in terminal you can launch an instance of finder which doesn’t hold any of the restrictions that your normal finder window holds.

Bear in mind this will also give you the ability to cause serious damage to your file system, should you go messing with things you shouldn’t.

Copy and paste the following into a terminal window and press return.

sudo /System/Library/CoreServices/

You will be prompted for your password, then a new finder instance should launch. It it doesn’t you should see a second set of icons overlaying your desktop icons. Double click the ‘root’ icon, and it should launch finder as root.

Remember boys and girls.. Be careful in there!

Cocktail is an award winning general purpose utility for Mac OS X. It is a smooth and powerful digital toolset with a variety of practical features that simplifies the use of advanced UNIX functions and helps Mac users around the world to get the most out of their computers. Cocktail is installed at more than 200 000 computers world wide.

Cocktail can be used to automate some of the more advanced Mac maintenance tasked required to keep your Mac running at full performance. 

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• Automatically check SMART (Self Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology) status of disks 
• Enable or disable journaling on selected disk 
• Repair disk permissions permissions on selected disk 
• Reset home directory permissions and Access Control Lists 
• Set disk sleep (spindown) time 
• Modify sleep settings for portable computers 
• Allow or prevent mounting of external disks during system startup 
• Enable or disable Sudden Motion Sensor
• Run periodic maintenance scripts 
• Enable or disable Spotlight indexing of selected disk 
• Erase Spotlight index for selected disk 
• Set backup interval and modify other Time Machine settings 
• Rebuild Launch Services database 
• Update locate and whatis databases 
• Change startup mode 
• Set startup delay 
• Force empty Trash 
• Enable Kiosk mode

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• Clear system caches, component caches, data detectors caches, Directory Service caches, dynamic link editor’s (dyld) shared cache, kernel caches, user caches, ColorSync caches, Dock caches, Java caches, QuickLook caches, QuickTime caches and font caches (including font caches created by applications from Adobe, Microsoft and Quark) 
• Clear trojan horses and worms such as Astht (AplS.Saprilt, Hovdy), Inqtana, iServices, Leap (CME-4, Oomp), RSPlug (Jahlav), Lamzev, PokerStealer or other malwares that may harm your system in any way. 
• Clear CUPS (Common Unix Printing System) job files, core files, virtual memory swap files and other temporary files 
• Clear Internet caches, cookies, download lists, form values, history files and page icons created by Safari, Camino, Firefox, OmniWeb, Opera and Shiira web browsers 
• Search for corrupted preference files 
• Manage (view, print and save) log files 
• Clear log files (manually or automatically rotate and/or remove archived copies of log files) 
• Delete DS Store files from disks or folders and their subfolders 
• Allow or prevent DS Store files creation on network volumes 
• Delete locked or inaccessible items 
• Lock or unlock files and folders 

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• Change speed, duplex and MTU of network cards 
• Easily optimize network settings for common connection types (Dial-up/PPP, Bluetooth/GPRS/EDGE, Satellite, DSL/PPPoE, Cable modem and Fiber/FiOS) 
• Manually modify TCP receive and send window sizes, TCP slow link window size, UDP outgoing datagram size, UDP receive buffer size, receive and send buffer sizes for local stream sockets as well as state of delayed ACKs, NewReno Fast Recovery and RFC-1323 extensions
• Configure the built-in (File Sharing) Mac OS X file server 

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• Customize look and features of Finder, Dock, Safari, Exposé, login window and other system services 
• Modify hidden settings of Address Book, Backup, Disk Utility, iCal, iTunes, Mail, QuickTime X, Remote Desktop, Screen Sharing and Terminal 
• Clean, repair and optimize your system with one click of the button 
• Schedule clearing of system, user and Internet caches, clearing of log files, repair of disk permissions and run of periodic maintenance scripts 

For a limited time only (until 27th December) you can get a copy of Cocktail from MacZOT for only $9.95£6.24 (Normally $19.95£12.50)

Using the Redemption object you can use the following code to reset the permissions on a folders sub folders in outlook to leave the Default permissions.

Handy if you need to reset permissions on large numbers of folders.

Sub scall()
Dim TopFolder
Set mySession = CreateObject("Redemption.RDOSession")
Set TopFolder = mySession.PickFolder
For i = 1 To TopFolder.Folders.Count
Debug.Print ">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> " & TopFolder.Folders(i).Name
For Each ace In TopFolder.Folders (i).ACL
Debug.Print ace.Name & " - " & ace.rights
If ace.Name "Default" Then
Debug.Print ">>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Deleted " & ace.Name
If ace.rights > 0 Then
ace.rights = 0
Debug.Print "<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< Rights Reset"
Debug.Print "< Rights default"
End If
End If
End Sub

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