Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 8:37 PM (in response to composerguy78)
You do not need Drive Genius 3 and it is probably informing you of a lot of detail that is either inaccurate, worthless, or needlessly worrisome. You already wasted your money on it and now it is wasting your time.
You do not delete disk permissions. They are required and a normal part of the file system.
The only utility required to maintain OS X system disks and permissions is Disk Utility. It will report many permissions-related warnings that you may safely ignore. Here is a list of some of them: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1448
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 8:56 PM (in response to composerguy78)
Permissions are not somethng you can delete. It's like giving a child permission to go outside. You don't delete the child. Permissions are instructions to the computer who/which applications can do what with a file.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 9:07 PM (in response to Limnos)
Thanks very much to the two of you. I will switch off the drive pulse thingy and just repair permissions weekly. I know you are right about this.
I am most interested to learn that about permissions - a great analogy! thankyou!
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 9:11 PM (in response to composerguy78)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Filesystem_permissions read about Unix ones in particular
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 9:12 PM (in response to composerguy78)
You do not have to repair permissions weekly. In fact you shouldn't have to repair them at all. The messages you are seeing are in reference to certain software that has been installed for the system. The installation is not known to Disk Utility which in turn reports the messages you see. They are innocuous and may be ignored.
The messages will recur every time you repair permissions.
The only times you should repair permissions is if you receive a system generated error about permissions or prior to installing new system updates or upgrades.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2012 10:31 PM (in response to Kappy)
I find that I have to repair permissions when the machine or apps act goofy or in a way they haven't before. Perhaps I note a lot longer than usual to render a short clip in Final Cut Express. Repairing permissions usually clears up the goofiness.
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2012 12:07 AM (in response to Dr. Dave)
I suggest to anyone who believes that repairing permissions 'clears up the goofiness' the following article
(mutatis mutandis—this was published in 2008), as well as
Troubleshooting permissions issues in Mac OS X
About Disk Utility's Repair Disk Permissions feature
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