global umask for Apple os x 10.4 Tiger

this article speaks indeed the truth
Let’s say you want to make all files you create read writable by all other users then you would set a


in unix. Well, OS X is a bit different here. What worked for me was:

sudo chmod g+w /Library/Preferences/.GlobalPreferences.plist
open $!

The plist editor should come up (if you have Xcode installed).
Select the root branch and add a child called


and change its type to


save. reboot. enjoy
if you hose your system by doing this, then let me remind you that I don’t take responsibility for that.

One Response to “global umask for Apple os x 10.4 Tiger”

  1. Joel Says:

    This works, but make sure you put the permissions back when you are done. Also, a reboot is unnecessary. Just log out and then back in.


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