Good Mac Maintenance

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Peyton, Feb 7, 2006.

  1. Peyton macrumors 68000

    Peyton

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    Hey I'm relatively new to mac, about 2 years, I have a 12 inch powerbook
    1ghz, works great with 10.3.9.... I know. But I keep hearing people tell me to do things to permissions and I don't know what they are.

    I update the system as often as it tells me to (I don't install everything) I was just wondering what to do for maintenance other than permissions...whatever that is. Sorry to sound so ignorant, I do a lot of techie/geeky stuff for work but its all windows. I'm crazy about apple and want to learn everything

    THANKS!
     
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  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    You can repair permissions after software installs if you like but it's not essential. Sometimes it fixes small idiosyncrasies in the system or selected apps.

    Otherwise, just make sure you calibrate you battery every now and then by flattening it until it sleeps and then charging it completely back up. Do this once a month or so. :)

    Oh, and you can run maintenance scripts if you're feeling bored. :cool:
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Oh, and as for repairing permissions themselves, yes, it's a good idea to do, especially before and after updates. Just run Disk Utility from Applications>Utilities. Run "Repair Permissions" on your hard drive, don't worry about "Verify Permissions".
     
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  6. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanks so much... now what do permissions do?
     
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    If you don't know what permissions are, well, don't worry about it - just know that it's a "UNIX thing", and leave it at that... ;)
     
  8. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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  9. Peyton thread starter macrumors 68000

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  10. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    No worries, that's what we're here for! Any other questions, feel free to ask.... :)
     
  11. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    OnYx

    May I suggest getting the fantastic free app called "Onyx"

    google search it, and get it. It is a one stop shop for Mac Maintenance. You can run all you maitenance scripts, repair permissions, "optimize" whatever that does...and much more.

    It's free. I would get it if I were you.
     
  12. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Onyx warning: it's a powerful app and so be careful with it. I've seen quite a few disasters occur as people "experiment" with Onyx. If you're not quite sure what a function does, it's probably best to not try it.

    FWIW, I don't use Onyx.
     

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