Repairing permissions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MatthiasC, Jun 27, 2006.

  1. MatthiasC macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hi,

    I've got a problem in that Activity Monitor doesn't open. This is in 10.4.6 on an iMac G5.

    So I did a search on the forum and found that I could run Pacifist (which I don't have and don't have money to get) and extract the app from the install disc, or, and this is what I'm gonna do, repair permissions on my hard drive. As apparently this has fixed the same Activity Monitor problem with other people on here?

    Now I would just go ahead and do this but I'm a tad paranoid that repairing permissions could in some way damage my computer as i'd guess its playing around with some serious files when it's doing it? Should I back up my system before I do this? Is there a chance it could ruin my entire disc?

    Or am I just overeacting? he he. :eek:

    Cheers.
     
  2. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    Hi.
    Nope. Don't be paranoid about this. Running "Repair permissions" regularly is a Good Thing to do in any event, and certainly after installing/uninstalling new apps.

    Do it in one of two ways.
    Disk Utility (Utilities>Disk Utility> Repair Disk)
    fsck

    Good luck with unfreezing your Activity Monitor! :)
     
  3. MatthiasC thread starter macrumors newbie

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    #3
    Thank you,

    Worked a treat, activity monitor is now running fine. I guess I was definitly overeacting!! :D

    Thanks again.
     
  4. UKnjb macrumors 6502a

    UKnjb

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    No problems and glad it worked for you. :)
    Just keep asking and don't worry about being paranoid or over-reacting. That's why we're all here?
     
  5. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

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  6. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    wow

    repairing permissions actually solved something for someone for once..

    nice.

    :)
     

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