I try to copy files to a remote server (OSXServer) using scp. I have 2 user accounts on that server with what I thought the exact same settings. Now I tried the copying files into the respective home folder (every user has one home folder) on the server. This works for one account but not the other. How can I find out why this is happening and maybe change the settings so that I can copy stuff with both accounts?(I have administrative access with both accounts according to the workgroup manager)


It is a pure permission problem as "touch" does not work either with the one user account.


chown -R "usrname" "folder"

also gives me permission denied.

Edit3: To top the weirdness: Everywhere else except of the home directory it works fine...

Edit4: I have no idea why the server was set up in such way but now I could change the permissions logging in as root...

  • What are the permissions on the non-working users' home folder? (check with ls -ld ~username)
    – mtak
    Jul 1, 2014 at 14:28
  • "nobody" how can I change that? Basically every new user I create has "nobody" in his home directory.
    – user3683367
    Jul 1, 2014 at 14:34
  • "nobody" refers to ownerships. @mtak was asking about permissions (i.e. read, write, and execute bits). Can you please provide the output to the command he specified? Jan 10, 2017 at 5:10

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Log in using your super user and set work location to your other account and give some group permission to your weird account.

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    That's just masking the actual problem, not fixing it. The real problem is getting the correct owner settings on the other account.
    – Magellan
    Jul 4, 2014 at 21:42
  • The other account is nobody bro, to fix it you can use other super user to set up the correct owner to the othr account. Jul 9, 2014 at 3:53
  • That's what I said. Adding group permissions is not correct.
    – Magellan
    Jul 9, 2014 at 16:08
  • May be adding group permission is not correct. So, do you have any better idea how to solve that ? Jul 9, 2014 at 16:24
  • What I said in the first comment. Go read it.
    – Magellan
    Jul 11, 2014 at 18:30

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