Disk permissions repair problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Luis Ortega, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Luis Ortega macrumors 6502a

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    On my new mac pro with 1.5.2 OSX whenever I do a disk permissions repair with disk utility it takes several minutes (quite longer than my MBP) and then it reports a series of messages saying
    ACL found but not expected in library
    ACL found but not expected in applications
    ACL found but not expected in applications/utilities

    It reports that the disk permissions have been repaired but the next time I run it it repeats the messages and keeps taking a longer time than I expect.

    I am new to Macs, and my only other experience is with the MBP which runs 1.4.11 OSX. It does disk permissions repairs much quicker and has never reported anything similar, and after it does any disk permissions repairs, I don't see them mentioned the next time I run the utility.

    Can anyone please advise on what may be the problem? What is this ACL it keeps referring to? Is this a Leopard bug or a setup problem on my new Mac Pro or something else?
    What might be the solution?

    Thanks a lot for any advice.
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    ACL - Access Control Library(or List)

    I don't know why they are there, but I keep seeing people with newer Macs with them. ACLs are usually used in a Client-Server network.

    TEG
     
  3. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks.
    So, are they a problem? Can they cause computer problems? Can I manually delete them somewhere so that they don't keep getting the same messages?
     
  4. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Thi si s non-issue. Don't worry about it. Of course it takes longer each time you run it. The software has to look at every file. Over time your system has more and more files stored on it.

    ACL is a level of access control that is in addition to the "standard" UNIX file permissions. It provides for a more fine grained control.

    There is really no need to run "repair permisions" unless you have a problem.
     
  5. Luis Ortega thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks a lot, guys. That puts my mind at rest.

    I read in the forums that you should always do a repair disk permissions before and after doing any updates or program installs.
    I ran it after updating the new Mac Pro to 1.5.2 and after installing FCP Studio 2.
    Like I said, I'm new to Macs and just trying to avoid problems.
     

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