Repair Permissions not working??

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  1. SRLMJ23 macrumors 65816

    SRLMJ23

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    I am not a novice computer user, however, I am relatively new to the Mac OS and I have read a lot on how to keep the system running smooth.

    I have also done "Verifying Disk Permissions" as once I read in an article is a good thing to do to keep the system going smooth and I have never had a problem, however, when I ran it tonight SEVERAL errors came up which as I stated before has NEVER happened before, not even ONE error. So then I clicked on "Repair Disk Permissions" and thought it would repair them, however, it says it repairs them and then if I run "Verifying Disk Permissions" again, a ton more errors come up.

    My question is..how do I get all these errors cleaned up? Do I have to keep running "Repair Disk Permissions" until all is cleared or what? It seems all these errors are in the iTunes folder, if that helps any?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!!!
     
  2. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    1. You don't ned to run RP regularly, if at all.

    2. It does very little in terms of "fixing" or "mending".

    3. It often, if not always, produces error messages that are not in fact errors.

    In short: don't worry about RP's results; don't use it.
     
  3. SRLMJ23 thread starter macrumors 65816

    SRLMJ23

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    One more thing…

    Should I be worried about this or is everything okay?

    Does this effect the performance of the Mac?

    I plan on doing a Fresh Install of OSX Mavericks when it's released so I guess in a short time this problem won't matter, unless I decide to hold off on Mavericks until some of the "kinks" are figured out.

    Once again, thanks again in advance for any help!!!

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    Thanks BenWiggy…I must have been writing the reply I wrote right when you were writing your reply because it was not there when I started.

    Thank you for your response! I really appreciate it and now I am not that concerned knowing it doesn't really matter.

    Once again thanks!
     
  4. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    You will find the Mavx also produces the same messages in Repair Permissions as other OS versions. No change there.

    A clean install is unnecessary for most problems -- and I'm not sure you actually have a problem. This is just how RP is.

    Generally, you do not need to perform ANY maintenance on your Mac to ensure its smooth running. No oil change needed every 10,000 miles.

    Stay away from software that tries to modify system behaviour in some way -- anything that runs in the background at a low level constantly -- and you should be fine.
     
  5. KoolAid-Drink macrumors 65816

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    There is a known bug in iTunes 11.1+ that produces errors in Verify/Repair Permissions - a long list of them, in fact. They're safe to ignore and will not impact the operation of your OS. Hopefully a fix is in the pipeline from Apple!

     
  6. SRLMJ23 thread starter macrumors 65816

    SRLMJ23

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    Thank you so much for your help guys!

    I had to end up doing a fresh install anyway because for some reason after I used Onyx and restarted it would only boot to my recovery drive and I could not get my main partition to show up. At first I thought I was dealing with a SSD failure, however I could see that the SMART status said it was fine.

    I think Onyx definitely messed something up, so since I could not boot to my partition with Mountain Lion on it, I had to do a fresh install. The good thing is that I was planning on doing a fresh install for Mavericks anyway so I am just not installing any of my normal programs because in 3 days I will fresh install Mavericks.

    Could anyone tell me what happened with my Mac regarding only booting to the Recovery Drive?

    Thank you so much!
     

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