Repairing permissions seems to be the big placebo of MacOS X. Rebuilding the desktop was in MacOS 9 and earlier.<br><br>If something is changing your permissions all the time, then you should probably find out what is doing it. File permissions don't change themselves. And the only time it would cause weird behaviour is if you are running something that needs to open/write to a file that doesn't have read or write permission. And if that is the case, you are usually told about it - either in with a dialogue box or in the console or system log.<br><br>Permissions in no way affect stability or performance. Either the files have the permissions needed by the processes using them or they don't. Most non-GUI processes that encounter incorrect permissions will just write a note to the system log and quit. GUI based processes will just tell you the problem.<br><br>
I started reading this thread and was debating whether to laugh or cry, with all this ignorance to permissions and the apparent belief that repairing them would somehow make their computer .0000765% faster.<br><br>Thank you for saving me the time to explain.<br><br>
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I think repairing permissions is like changing the oil in your car at 3,000 miles. A complete waste of time but if they swear their vehicle/computer is snappy because of it then it does. <br><br>Best not to argue with them. I don't poke bears or bee hives with sticks either.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>(__*__)
You're probably right. I've found that running the UNIX maintenance scripts and deleting old cache files generally fixes whatever problems I'm having. My point was that automatically wiping a hard drive clean and starting from scratch every time a little glitch pops up without first taking five minutes to click a button in Onyx seems like overkill. Yes, if there's a serious problem, the former method is probably best but why not try the latter first? Besides, isn't that what we laugh at Windows users about? Having to constantly wipe the drive and reinstall everything?<br><br>
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