Disk Utility lies about permissions repairs

Discussion in 'macOS' started by redsteven, Mar 22, 2009.

  1. redsteven macrumors 6502a

    redsteven

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    Aug 22, 2006
    #1
    Unfortunately, I think that Disk Utility is being dishonest with me.

    I've been having some trouble with my Macbook Pro locating the startup folder in restarts (sometimes I get the flashing question-mark folder unless I hold down option and manually reselect OS X as the startup volume), and I noticed something very interesting (that's probably unrelated to my problem) when repairing permissions.

    Disk Utility indicates the same EXACT problems... and the same EXACT repairs... EVERY single time I run Repair Permissions. I copy and pasted the results of Permissions Repair into Microsoft Word documents and looked at the word counts, and they're always exactly the same – 546 words, and the same items that are repaired.

    How is it possible that the same items are always broken if they're supposedly being repaired? I run the Permissions repair over and over and over again... not doing anything else with the computer in between, and this still happens. I tried restarting, but that didn't change anything. This is the output that Disk Utility constantly gives me:

    Code:
    2009-03-22 13:47:40 -0400: Repairing permissions for “Macintosh HD (MBP)”
    2009-03-22 13:47:40 -0400: 	Reading permissions database.
    2009-03-22 13:47:40 -0400: 	Reading the permissions database can take several minutes.
    
    2009-03-22 13:52:27 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/DVD.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/FRSettings.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/FRSources.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/Movies.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/Music.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/Photos.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/Podcasts.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Front Row.app/Contents/PlugIns/TV.frappliance/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework/Versions/A/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:28 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/RawCamera.bundle/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:36 -0400: Permissions differ on "Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are lrw-rw-r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:36 -0400: Permissions differ on "Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Frameworks/InternetUtilities.bundle/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are lrw-rw-r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:52:38 -0400: Permissions differ on "Applications/iTunes.app/Contents/Resources/iTunesHelper.app/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are lrw-rw-r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iLifeMediaBrowser.framework/Versions/A/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/BlackAndWhiteEffect.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/CubeTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/DissolveTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/DropletTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/FadeThroughBlackTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/FlipTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/MosaicFlipTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/MosaicFlipTransitionSmall.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/PageFlipTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/PushTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/RevealTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/SepiaEffect.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/TwirlTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:06 -0400: Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/iPhotoAccess.framework/Versions/A/Resources/Plugins/WipeTransition.IAPlugin/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .
    2009-03-22 13:53:08 -0400: 
    2009-03-22 13:53:08 -0400: Permissions repair complete
    
    Note: I'm running 10.5.6 on a Unibody 15" MBP
     
  2. belvdr macrumors 603

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    Aug 15, 2005
    #2
    They're symlinks. It is seeing the permissions on the links as wrong.

    I'm guessing it is trying to change permissions on the links, however, chmod doesn't work directly on the links, it changes the perms on the file the link points to.

    If it did a 'chmod -h' it would modify the permissions on the link itself.

    Looking closer, it appears the permissions are right, but since Disk Utility doesn't see exactly 'rw-r--r--' (rather is seeing 'lrw-r--r--') it thinks it is wrong.

    In other words, don't worry about it.
     
  3. redsteven thread starter macrumors 6502a

    redsteven

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    #3
    Lol, alright :)

    Thanks
     
  4. cj Major macrumors newbie

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    Man I'll be happy when apple fix this ****. . . :mad:
     

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