Repairing Permissions never finishes! Am I in trouble?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ero87, Oct 30, 2007.

  1. ero87 macrumors 65816


    Jan 17, 2006
    New York City

    I just installed Leopard (A&I), and when I try to repair permissions on my harddrive, it hangs on this screen for ever.

    Am I in trouble? What should I do?

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  2. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    It's a common problem I'm're not alone.

    What to do? Wait until Apple release an update!
  3. iMikeT macrumors 68020

    Jul 8, 2006

    You're definitely not alone.

    I reinstalled all of my apps after a clean install of Leopard last night. I figured that I should run a repair permissions to be on the safe side. Well, I walk away and come back half an hour later expecting it to be finished but it was stuck hanging on the same screen you posted...

    That leaves us waiting for Apple to come up with a fix shortly.
  4. jepaz macrumors regular

    Oct 1, 2007
    Actually the problem is the status bar not changing to progress bar. It will actually complete the process so don't click "stop permission repair" and let it run.
  5. RMGir macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2007
    Hmmm, are you sure?

    I upgraded my Mac Mini (1st generation), and I get to the login screen in Leopard, but if I select a user, the finder title bar pops up, and then I get the spinning beach ball of death.

    If I boot from the install DVD, and choose Disk Repair from the utility menu, the "Repair Disk" option finds nothing to fix. However, the "Permission Repair" option loops forever, where forever means "more than 4 hours so far", which seems like a long time for an 80 gig disk...

    I'm thinking that it's unlikely to complete the process, but I'm willing to let it run the rest of the day and see what happens...
  6. snickelfritz macrumors 65816


    Oct 24, 2003
    Tucson AZ
    It takes longer in Leopard than it did in Tiger, but it did finish on my iMac after 10 minutes or so. There very few reported errors after installing all of my apps, and no problems with system per se.
  7. Telp macrumors 68040


    Feb 6, 2007
    I am pretty sure it is normal to take a long time. How long is it taking?
  8. kkat69 macrumors 68020


    Aug 30, 2007
    Atlanta, Ga
    According to the OP "forever" but that's kind of a childish description (sorry if that offends but it is).

    I've noticed repair permissions does sit for a while but eventually finishes. It's not like copying and pasting a 1k file from one place to another it'll take a while.

    I've also noticed that after the "remote desktop" update for leopard the repair permissions take even longer and often reported that something to do with remote desktop client, even reports an error (but repairs permissions anyway).

    Run repair permissions, let it sit, walk away, get a drink, use the bathroom, go see the sun and it should finish. If not then you really DO have a problem.

    I have "force quit" the disk utility and rebooted etc because I was thinking the same thing "man this is taking a while" but if I let it sit it will finish.

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