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I was downloading the whole Bitcoin blockchain and the download stopped and I got an error message that the settings.json file has no read or write access, but I checked the permissions of the file, and it has read/write access. I saw this question in other places but I couldn't find a solution that works for me. I am using MAC OS X with an external hard drive.

settings.json:

{
    
}

Edit: There was a problem with running the terminal command so I used the Bitcoin GUI. The download was around halfway done or so.

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  • Have you tried running bitcoin-qt / bitcoind as root using e.g. sudo? Jul 30, 2022 at 9:13

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