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Why are the file permissions in OSX this often wrong and have to be repaired?

Why are the file permissions in OSX this often wrong and have to be repaired?

The first thing (or second, after a clean re-boot) to do when you have problems with your Mac OSX is "repair permissions". This often helps for minor problems.

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Apple's knowledge base gives a number of reasons permissions could be screwed up. See the "Issues Related to Permissions" section.