No Disk Repair - "No Valid Packages (error -9997)"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Frank (Atlanta), May 23, 2005.

  1. Frank (Atlanta) macrumors regular

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    I've noticed that, when I manually put my iMac G5 to sleep, it takes quite a while for it to actually sleep (~15 min vs. the near immediate "sleep" I'd previously experienced).

    Went to go repair permissions and...

    • Received: "Error: No valid packages (-9997)"
    • Then received pop-up error message: "First Aid failed / Disk Utility stopped repairing permissions on "Macintosh HD" because the following error was encountered: / No valid packages"

    I'll try DiskWarrior after work this evening, but what's happened? I haven't installed anything new, etc. Equip/sys info follows:

    iMac G5 1.8 / 20"
    160GB HD, AEBS, BT Keyboard & Mouse
    LaCie 250GB external HD
    10.3.9

    Thanks,
    Frank
     
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

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    You didn't delete the /Library/Receipts folder or just its contents, did you? The permissions repair process depends on those receipts being there so it knows what the permissions should be.
     
  3. Frank (Atlanta) thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope, haven't deleted anything. The only thing that's happened is I shut-down the iMac (via the Apple icon) before leaving for the weekend. I then restarted the machine Sun night and...found what I've described.

    Will try DiskWarrior next.

    Thx,
    Frank
     
  4. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Might also try fsck'ing before trying to repair permissions again. Hmmm... a strange one!
     
  5. Frank (Atlanta) thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes...strange...

    Ran DiskWarrior - found an incorrect tag on one file...repaired & rebuilt the directory. Then ran fsck...no problems.

    Reboot and...still the same error re: repairing permissions...

    I'll try to call AppleCare; however, think they're closed for the evening.

    Frank
     
  6. Frank (Atlanta) thread starter macrumors regular

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    OK...wrldwzrd89 was close...my basesystem.pkg was still in my /library/receipts folder, but it must have become corrupt (?). Apple's noted this error on their website:

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25704

    I re-install of Panther using archive & install (& preserving user/network settings). Not painful - just had to go through the process.

    All's back to normal.

    Thanks,
    Frank
     

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