Repairing permissions. How often?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BitterB, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. BitterB macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2007
    Less than one year with Mac now. I've been using David Pogues "missing manual" to help learn within Tiger. Read about disk utility and repairing permissions, but never used it until last night. I got my iMac in June 2007.

    Everything seemed to be running great until I bought and installed all the recent MacHeist applications. I also added an external in Dec, so maybe that might have screwed some stuff up too. Really, I have no clue and I'm learning on the fly.

    I recently started experiencing some slow shutdowns and reboots, but I seemd to have fixed that by assigning my "startup disk" within preferences to Mac OS-X 10.11.11. For some reason nothing was selected.

    Now that this has passed, I'm having iPhoto crash immediately upon opening. It happened a bunch of times, and I figured I'd give "disk utility" a shot. I verified disk and repaired permissions. iPhoto seems to work fine now, so it seems repairing persmissions might have fixed my problem. Does this sound right, or is it just coincidental?

    My question is whether or not installing a bunch of applications, like MacHeist's, can monkey with persmissions?? Again, I don't understand why. I'm thankful Mac-OS X has a cool tool like this. How often should I fix disk permissions to keep things running smoothly?? Only when I do certain things?? Encounter problems?? Or running every month or whatever as a means of prevention??

    Thanks to you Pros for helping me learn in this new world.
  2. Ugg macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2003
    I repair permissions at least once a month. It does seem that 3rd party software is the cause of permissions problems. I don't understand why but repairing permissions does seem to solve my problems and that's what counts!
  3. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Me after a update or ive installed a new app or program
  4. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    Repairing permissions seems to be the latest 'fix all' for Macs - like zapping PRAM and rebuilding the desktop used to be back in the pre-OS X days :)

    Frankly, it's not necessary to do it that often. It's worthwhile after a system update, also worthwhile after installing anything that uses an installer (whether Apple's or a third party installer application) rather than just drag and drop. Otherwise it's only worth doing occasionally if things start acting a little hinky (and most of those times, it's not going to do much anyhow).
  5. BitterB thread starter macrumors member

    Apr 22, 2007
    reboot necessary after fixing permissions?

    Great. Thanks for the responses. It sounds like the 14 apps I installed from MacHeist might have been the cause of my issue. Question.....

    Is a reboot required after verifying and fixing permissions?
  6. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2007
    Not where you live.
    Yeah, I only repair permissions when things start to slow down or if I get strange messages.

    No, a reboot is not required.

  7. GlossyIsBad4U macrumors newbie

    Feb 4, 2008
    It sounds like the 14 apps I installed from MacHeist might have been the cause of my issue.

    Yea I heard about some of those apps not working correctly.

    Also try Onyx "Automation: followed by a reboot.

    Does wonders.
  8. R.R.Mac macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2006
    Guildford, England
    I always repair after an update and after getting new 3rd party applications. I dont know what it does but its what you are supposed to do, so i just get on and do it :D.
  9. JNB macrumors 604


    Oct 7, 2004
    In a Hell predominately of my own making
    If you use SuperDuper! (2.5 released today!), you can set it to repair permissions with every Smart Backup by default.
  10. MacGuyver2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
  11. amac4me macrumors 65816


    Apr 26, 2005
    I tend to do it before and after installing a software update or new application.
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  13. MacGuyver2 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    ^Me either...

    although I did so after reading this thread. I had installed probably over 30 apps... and upgraded the OS a few times...

    So I guess it was time. I wanna say that my MB is running better, but I'm pretty sure it's all in my head loi..

    whatever, I'll probably start doing this periodically now.
  14. wightstraker macrumors regular

    Dec 18, 2007
    Leopard's disk utility is miserably slow at repairing permissions; I usually get stuck at 5% for the first ten minutes. Hopefully 10.5.2 will fix this.
  15. jackc macrumors 65816


    Oct 19, 2003
    Just use something like Macaroni to run maintenance tasks and repair permissions automatically.

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