Repairing disk permissions.

btcomm

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Oct 18, 2006
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Was there such an option in OS 9? If there is would repairing them using the OS 9 utility mess up OS 10 at all? Or does OS 10 repair permissions for OS 9 files already? Or would you ever have to repair permission at all for OS9?
 

Shadow

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Feb 17, 2006
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I don't think so. Mac OS X is UNIX-based, Mac OS 9 wasnt, so it can't repair permissions. I may be wrong however...
 

ddekker

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Sep 23, 2006
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permissions

you are correct... OS X is apples first true multi user OS, its based on BSD (unix sort of) so permissions are a big thing.

DD
 

thechris69

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can someone clarify what verifying and repairing the disk permissions actually does?
 

yellow

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Oct 21, 2003
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Permissions repair compares the developer specified permissions in the BOM archives in /Library/Receipts/ to those of the installed files/directories on the disk.
Verify simply checks and reports instances that differ, whereas repair checks and repairs differences.
 

Sun Baked

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thechris69 said:
can someone clarify what verifying and repairing the disk permissions actually does?
Probably in the developer section, resets the "file permissions" for the system and certain applications.

Wrong settings can cause problems, like a locked cache file or a read only settings file.

Installers need to change the permissions of some files so they can update them or change them, they aren't always reset to the proper settings.
 
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