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ian kilby1 Level 1 Level 1 (65 points)
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Jul 21, 2011 4:20 AM

Hi all,

 

I have installed OSX Lion on my Mac Mini Sever which was running OSX Snow Leopard.

 

All went fine apart from not being able to install the recovery HD as I have two RAID partitions in Mirror.

 

Everything seemed to be working fine, but upon loading Disk Utility and selecting my mirrored Raid if i select Verify / Repair permissions or verify disk nothing happens and no errors.

 

I can select each arid drive seperatly and verify disk, and i can connect an external usb drive and permission check.

 

So how can i check permissions on my default raid drives.??????

 

I have even installed LION on an seperate USB drive and booted into recovery and tried running disk utilities from there - same issue.

 

Can anyone tell me if their permission repairs work in Lion server.

Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • billSwartz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 10:52 AM (in response to ian kilby1)

    Having the same issue here.  Kind of annoying.

  • dslknight Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 21, 2011 3:49 PM (in response to ian kilby1)

    I also had a lot of permission repairs that I did after upgrading to lion but doing that locked me out of being able to access the Server management app. I can't log in to that app anymore with my password. Also the Server widget in dashboard says network error now

  • SingingFriar Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 10:32 AM (in response to ian kilby1)

    Same problem here.  I have a defaut concentrated disk set.  Clicking Repair Disk Permissions makes the progress bar flash once, and that's it.

  • Jakimo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 22, 2011 6:39 PM (in response to ian kilby1)

    I'll start by saying, I can't rest until I figure things out - when it comes to the Mac.

     

    I usually run a 4 drive RAID array on my Mac Pro (first Xeon default config, quad 2.66 Xeon) just for sheer speed, all 1GB drives. Never a problem with Disk Utility with Snow Leopard all the way back to the pre-release of Mac OS X, what some ten years ago?

     

    The Disk Utility app can create and erase RAID arrays (I've tested all of them I think - mirror, concatenated and my favorite STRIPE) just fine. However, the app will only blink (as above described) when Repair Permissions or Repair Disk is attempted.

     

    The terminal command works fine for repairing permissions:

    sudo diskutil repairpermissions /

     

    The terminal command (at least I think this is it!!) for repairing the disk:

    sudo diskutil repairdisk /

     

    however returns this:

    You cannot specify an AppleRAID set and it should not have a partition map

     

    I'm suspicioius this is new. Can anyone check to see if Disk Utility within a Snow Leopard install, via the terminal as shown above, returns the same results? I think it probably doesn't. I think it just goes on to repair.

     

    Not sure.

     

    I called Apple and they haven't been able to help yet.

     

    It was 108 degrees here in NYC at about 3:30pm, my apartment has terrible power - I lost my Mac several times today. I always AppleJack or at least use Disk Utility to verify the drives if I lose power. No good with Lion. DiskWarrior 4.3 **does** work.

     

    If I find anything else out for sure from Apple, I'll post here. If you can offer any ideas, please shoot!

     

    thanks

  • loch_shadow Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 4:38 AM (in response to Jakimo)

    Hi,

    Same problems here... however I discovered that I couldn't use 'disk repair' and 'repair permissions' following the ongoing problems getting time machine to work with my Drobo-FS. Drobo support have been scratching their heads after I updated the Firmware and Dashboard software etc etc. But everytime I try and access the Drobo Sytems Preferences crashes so badly that I have to restart holding down the power key.

    In all everything is working fine on my Macbook air. I think there are serious unresolved problems at Apple with Raid mirror array sets and Lion.... They need to get right on this as many of us are power users and this problem is stopping us from getting work done today... thinking of reinstalling SL and waiting for a future fix.

  • l0l0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:24 AM (in response to Jakimo)

    It does  works but with a different verb (from diskutil manpage), you should type the command like this:

     

    sudo diskutil verifyVolume /

     

    Jakimo wrote:

     

    [snip]

     

    The terminal command (at least I think this is it!!) for repairing the disk:

     

    sudo diskutil repairdisk /

     

    however returns this:

    You cannot specify an AppleRAID set and it should not have a partition map

     

    I'm suspicioius this is new. Can anyone check to see if Disk Utility within a Snow Leopard install, via the terminal as shown above, returns the same results? I think it probably doesn't. I think it just goes on to repair.

     

    Not sure.

     

    I called Apple and they haven't been able to help yet.

     

    It was 108 degrees here in NYC at about 3:30pm, my apartment has terrible power - I lost my Mac several times today. I always AppleJack or at least use Disk Utility to verify the drives if I lose power. No good with Lion. DiskWarrior 4.3 **does** work.

     

    If I find anything else out for sure from Apple, I'll post here. If you can offer any ideas, please shoot!

     

    thanks

  • The Teknologist Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 7:48 AM (in response to l0l0)

    Same problem here ! Even from an USB bootable Liojn recovery environment.

     

    What a bummer!

     

    A server with Raid for which you can't check/repair disk or permissions... Who came up with that brilliant idea ?

  • Wolfgang Gaebler Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Jul 25, 2011 8:15 AM (in response to ian kilby1)

    I have the same problem... this must be a problem related to Lion... APPLE please fix this!

  • Jakimo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 26, 2011 6:00 PM (in response to l0l0)

    I heard back from Apple directly this yesterday, Monday July 25.

     

    The engineers have tested this for themselves and it's confirmed: the Disk Utility app does NOT handle verify/fix permissions/disk of a RAID volume.

     

    They are aware of it and will possibly address this in a future update. (umm, that's their wording)

     

    Meanwhile, the functionality is very easy to do via terminal. If you can't figure out how to, let me know..

     

    thanks

  • shainfromleicester Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 27, 2011 10:35 AM (in response to Jakimo)

    Hey,

     

    I am having a different problem with disk utilty. I have got a External HardDrive that I wish to work on my MacBook as well as my Windows computer. I have tried to format the HD to MS DOS (FAT) but this does not seem to work now that I have installed Lion. Is there anyway I can get this to work on both?

     

    Thanks

  • l0l0 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 5:19 AM (in response to Jakimo)

    As stated in the previous posts you can type the following in a terminal:

     

    - to verify permissions:

     

    diskutil verifyPermissions /

     

    - to repair permissions:

     

    sudo diskutil repairPermissions /

     

    - to check disk:

     

    diskutil verifyVolume

     

    - to repair disk, first boot from another volume (external drive, USB stick, DVD, … ), then display a list of all your mounted volumes in a terminal type:

     

    diskutil list

     

    - search for the identifier of the disk you want to repair in this list (could be disk1 but depends on how many disk you have attached to the server) and type:

     

    sudo diskutil repairVolume disk_your_number_here  //e.g. disk1

     

    - to learn all other options available with diskutil:

     

    man diskutil

     

    Hope this helps

  • Jakimo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 28, 2011 9:02 AM (in response to l0l0)

    An easy way to select the boot volume for disk repair using sudo diskutil repairVolume, is to just drag and drop the volume from the Finder to Terminal.

     

    After booting from another copy of Lion (SL's DU will not work), launch Terminal and type 'sudo diskutil repairVolume ' (you'll need a space at the end there), then drag the boot volume from the Finder to the command line. It will populate, hit enter. Viola!

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