2 Replies Latest reply: Feb 19, 2013 3:19 PM by Klaus1
truevoice Level 1 (0 points)

"Permissions differ" came up about 50 times after verifying disk permissions. Should I repair disk permissions?

  • BDAqua Level 10 (121,630 points)

    Yes, & ignore any repeats on a second run, it's OK if it ends with "Repairs completed".

  • Klaus1 Level 8 (47,595 points)

    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 onwards:




    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 onwards changed the location of a number of system components.


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


    d = directory

    r = read

    w = write

    x = executeable program



    |  |  |

    |  |   all other users not in first two types

    |  | 

    |  group


    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: