In 25 words or less, can someone explain why Permissions get corrupted? Just curious.
- Does it apply to "permissions" related to the computer admin or other users? (I'm the only one on my machines.)
"For what is age but youth's full bloom,
A riper, more transcendent youth" - Oliver Wendell Holmes
Permissions can be "corrupted" by:
1. Careless applications programmers (installation data incorrect)
2. Failure to cleanly close an open file (software 'crash' or user action)
3. Electrical transient causing bit errors in memory or disk writes (Note that only ECC memory as used in some servers can even detect errors)
No, I did not count the words.This message has been edited. Last edited by: James R. Cutler,
Should you do a clean install to help permanently solve the problem?
A lot of fuss, most of it usually unwarranted, is made over Permissions and the "Repair Permissions" procedure. This 2006 article from Macworld.com, Repairing permissions, What you need to know, dispels the mystery surrounding this. The basic message is, unless you're having a problem that points to a permissions issue, don't worry about it.