Why read/write permissions go awry with macOS File Sharing

Jan Miller writes:

I have six computers and use a Mac mini as a fileserver with sharing set up on it. About every week some of the files become read-only for some of the users.

She also asks:

When I open the files on one computer two servers show up with the same info in each.

But her request for both is the same: “How do I make this more reliable?”

The first problem is a limitation with the underlying Unix system upon which macOS is built upon+. Many operating systems have the concept of “file permissions,” which are metadata attributes set for each file and folder (or directory) about who may create, manipulate, and delete items, as well as who may execute or run them as software. Permissions are designed to compartmentalize users and prevent non-privileged users from accessing administrative functions.

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