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10.5: Solve a repair permissions issue after 10.5.8 update
Authored by: imageworx on Aug 19, '09 06:10:12AM

There is some contradiction there, DrT.

I've never had issue as long as my original system is good, along with my drive condition.

-(Optional) Run Disk Warrior (latest version) to make sure drive structure is good.
-Disk Utility Verify (either booting up in Single User mode and FSCK -fy or booting from OS X disc and running Disk Utility). Repair if issues.
-Clone the Known Good OS (backup AFTER repairs!).
-Use the Combo Updater*.
-Any further updates. (Check for 3rd party updates...)
-There shouldn't be any need for file permission repairs unless something changes the permissions (3rd party apps like Adobe, Quark, etc..)

I've "never had any issues" with vanilla systems. I did (once) have issues with third party support (Sonnet eSata card drivers, Symantec, Wacom drivers, ATI and nVidia drivers...). YMMV.

*The combo updater apparently installs all previous update changes (10.5.1->10.5.7) where the Delta update only installs the current version updates. This can work for folks that don't install any apps/drivers that might change the system. IMHO, I've had good success with the combo vs delta.
I don't understand how one can download the combo incompletely and have it even run (aren't there checksums?).

I look forward to 10.6... :)

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