Help with permissions usr/bin/tar

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by garikfox, Sep 30, 2013.

  1. garikfox macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2013
    No matter how many times I run disk utility and repair permissions it says

    "Permissions differ on “usr/bin/tar”; should be lrwxr-xr-x ; they are -rwxr-xr-x .
    Repaired “usr/bin/tar”

    Does anyone know why it wont repair this ? this is the only thing i have come up in Disk Utility

    Im using 10.8.5
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    The problem here is that the message itself is an error.

    Repair Permissions ALWAYS reports things like this, and the message is the problem, not what the message reports.

    Furthermore, Repair Permissions is very limited in what it does, and you don't need to run it often or at all. It is not your first go-to fix for any problem you might have; nor is it something that needs to be run regularly.

    It does NOTHING for all user files and third-party software, and only affects SOME Apple system files, which are likely to remain with the same attributes once they've been set.
  3. garikfox thread starter macrumors newbie


    Sep 30, 2013
    Thanks :)

    I figured it out, a program installed a tar binary into usr/bin and since OS X uses bsdtar it thinks that tar binary needs to be a symlink

    so i just deleted the tar binary and ran: sudo ln -s /usr/bin/bsdtar /usr/bin/tar

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