Repairing Permissions After Update... Necessary?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by TheBuffather, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. TheBuffather macrumors 6502

    TheBuffather

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    #1
    I've seen quite a few threads on here advising people to repair their disk permissions after they experience problems. Curiously, I have also seen some people who seemingly repair permissions after each update to OS X. My question is this: doesn't OS X do this on a regular schedule, behind the scenes? Is it advisable to repair permissions when large-ish updates come out, or is that total hogwash (assuming there's no real "issue" you're trying to fix)?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Some people repair, or recommend repairing permissions for situations where it isn't appropriate. Repairing permissions only addresses very specific issues. It is not a "cure all" or a general performance enhancer, and doesn't need to be done on a regular basis. It also doesn't address permissions problems with your files or 3rd party apps.
    There are times when repairing permissions is appropriate. To do so, here are the instructions:
    If repairing permissions results in error messages, some of these messages can be ignored and should be no cause for concern.
     

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