How can I display the actual permission settings for a file or folder?

Because the display of permission settings in the Finder is very confusing or even wrong, TinkerTool System can help you to retrieve the true permission settings for a file or folder. Perform the following steps:

  1. Open the pane ACL Permissions.
  2. Select the tab item Show or Set Permissions.
  3. Drag the object in question from the Finder into the field File or folder.

The permission settings will be displayed in the table Permissions and Ownership.

Further information: The Pane ACL Permissions.