How often do you repair permissions?

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How Often Do You Repair Permissions

  1. Never

    20 vote(s)
    18.5%
  2. Daily

    4 vote(s)
    3.7%
  3. Weekly

    16 vote(s)
    14.8%
  4. Bi-Weekly

    2 vote(s)
    1.9%
  5. Monthly

    23 vote(s)
    21.3%
  6. Very Rarely

    43 vote(s)
    39.8%
  1. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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  2. iToaster macrumors 68000

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    #2
    Every week, just to make sure everything is in shape. Sometimes I get a big list of repairs, sometimes nothing... either way, it's good to do often (I think Apple told me to do it weekly or something like that).
     
  3. adrianblaine macrumors 65816

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    #3
    Never

    I know it must sound odd since that is the #1 recommended "fix" for just about any problem. I don't know if I'm just lucky or what, but I've been a mac user for 3 years now (iBook and MBP) and have never repaired permissions and have never had any problems...
     
  4. giganten macrumors 6502a

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  5. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    #5
    After software updates and app installs. If I were more thorough, I'd do it before software updates and app installations too. Repairing permissions makes me hard in my pants.
     
  6. ezzie macrumors 68020

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    #6
    hardly ever for me...i've only done it when i've noticed things going wonky. i've had my MBP for a year and i've repaired permissions twice. :)

    unlike MJ, repairing permissions does nada in my pants. :p
     
  7. wngraham macrumors regular

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    #7
    I do daily, but it's an automated verify/repair done by Super Duper prior to backup.
     
  8. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    #8
    Nowadays probably once every 3 months or longer.

    When i first got it and coming from windows when i had the "i've got to look after the OS" mentality maybe once a week.
     
  9. Heb1228 macrumors 68020

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    #9
    Same here. About the only time I do it anymore is if I happen to have disk utility open for something else and I'm like "I might as well do that while I'm here." I've never had any problems that were helped by repairing permissions.
     
  10. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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  11. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    I very rarely run a repair of permissions (I say this as I run it right now). I only ever run if if my computer is having a problem related to permissions.
     
  12. shu82 macrumors 6502a

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    #12
    Oh yea, repair those permissions baby.
     
  13. MidiMonk macrumors regular

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    #13
    I usually run onyx about once a week.Primarily though just before and after software updates.I run my system real lean as i use it for audio production.
     
  14. Gymnut macrumors 68000

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    #15
    Once a month or whenever I install a software update. Whichever comes first.
     
  15. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I only do it after I install something, even if it's not a Mac OS X update, as several installations make a mess, such as the Flash Player and plug-in.
     
  16. polycat33 macrumors 6502

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    #17
    I second that... good to have a cleaned up hard drive before backing it up.
     
  17. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    #18
    When I installed (err, special version ;D) and when I noticed troubles but that didn't fixed them. So rarely.
     
  18. psycoswimmer macrumors 65816

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    After a software update or some kind, which is also the only time I restart my computer, so, every time I restart my computer. :p
     
  19. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    #20
    Absolutely never. "Repairing permissions" is not required and doesn't serve any useful purpose since about MacOS X 10.1.5, when bugs in the Installer were fixed that sometimes lead to incorrect access permissions being set on some files. The only case where repairing permissions would be needed is if you start Terminal and do some really, really stupid things.
     
  20. 1020 macrumors regular

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    #21
    I've only repaired permissions a couple of times, ages ago. It's not something I do regularly.
     
  21. SC68Cal thread starter macrumors 68000

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    #22
    It's not only a bug, it's a security vulnerability because you don't get a prompt for disk utility when repairing permissions.
     
  22. tyr2 macrumors 6502a

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    #23
    Only once, ever. My Mac Pro started kernel panicing not long after start up, which the logs were indicating was a problem with the bluetooth driver. A 'repair permissions' detected a problem somewhere in /Library and fixed it, it's been fine since.

    The odd thing was that it didn't kernel panic after every boot, more like 80% of the time, which made me skeptical towards the theory it could be a permissions thing, since they don't change at random, however it did fix the problem.

    I'd never 'repair permissions' routinely though, what's the point?
     
  23. milatchi macrumors regular

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    #24
    Once a month or whenever Apple releases a software update.
     
  24. Sbrocket macrumors 65816

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    #25
    For some reason, repairing permissions seems to have evolved into this magical fix-all that some posters first suggest to fix nearly every problem under the sun. I've repaired permissions on my machine twice, and both times were when I knew it would fix an issue on my laptop. You don't need to outside that.
     

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