2 Replies Latest reply: Mar 25, 2012 4:43 AM by tarkin
tarkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

I was hoping someone could tell me what the following permisson errors mean and if there is a fix for them.  I was troubleshooting an issue with my iMac G5 running hot and solved it by uninstalling Front Row but was left with the following results when I repaired permissions. Thanks!

 

 

Permissions differ on "private/var/log/secure.log", should be -rw------- , they are -rw-r----- .

Permissions differ on "System/Library/PrivateFrameworks/BackRow.framework/Versions/A/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .

Permissions differ on "System/Library/CoreServices/Menu Extras/RemoteDesktop.menu/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r-- .

Permissions differ on "Library/QuickLook/iWork.qlgenerator/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are lrw-rw-r-- .

Permissions differ on "Library/Internet Plug-Ins/JavaPluginCocoa.bundle/Contents/CodeResources", should be -rw-rw-r-- , they are lrw-rw-r-- .

Permissions differ on "Library/Frameworks/HPSmartPrint.framework", should be drwxrwxr-x , they are lrwxrwxr-x .

Permissions differ on "private/var/spool/cups/cache/rss", should be drwxr-xr-x , they are drwxrwxr-x .


iMac G5 20, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 20 inch 2.1 GHz G5 iMac
  • Klaus1 Level 8 Level 8 (46,980 points)

    Worry not!

     

    As long as the report ends up with 'Permissions repair complete' then, as far as permissions go, you are fine. You can ignore the various statements in the report:

     

    Permissions you can ignore on 10.5 and 10.6:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1448

     

    Using 'should be -rw-r--r-- , they are lrw-r--r--' as an example, you will see the that the permissions are not changed, but the | indicates a different location. This is because an update to Leopard changed the location of a number of system components.

     

    Poster rccharles has provided this description of what it all means:

     

    drwxrwxrwx
     
    d = directory


    r = read

    w = write


    x = executeable program

     

    drwxrwxrwx

    |  |  |

    |  |   all other users not in first two types

    |  | 

    |  group

    owner


    a little more info

    Before the user had read & write. A member of the group had read.

    After, only the user had read & write.

     

     

    If you are running Panther or Tiger:

     

    http://support.apple.com/kb/TA21090

  • tarkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    Good to know! Thankyou.