8 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 12:07 AM by fane_j
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I would like to delete a load of disk permissions. They are continually needing to be repaired and I don't recognize any of the names of the apps, and if I do, I would prefer to uninstall them.


Is this crazy? The main reason is that I am using drive genius 3 which continually monitors the health of the drive using 'drive pulse'. It comes up with 'critical' repairs needed each day and they are the same ones so I would prefer to just ditch them if possible?


Also, what I would really like to know is how I can use the command line to 'batch' delete these suckers.


I would appreciate any suggestions.




Intel Dual Quad Core Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 12 GB RAM, Motu 828 Audio interface FW 400, Logic Mackie Control
Solved by John Galt on Mar 29, 2012 8:37 PM Solved

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

Reply by Limnos on Mar 29, 2012 8:56 PM Helpful

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.

Reply by fane_j on Mar 30, 2012 12:07 AM Helpful

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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