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"Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 25, 2010 11:48AM
MacPro failed to get complete start up sequence yesterday for no apparent reason.

Thought it might be the internal drive failing, but running off a clone of the drive is working OK.

However, when trying to Repair Disk Permissions of the suspect drive, no matter where I run Disk Utility from - cloned drive or Leopard install disk - the drive yields an "Error: The underlying task reported failure to exit" when "Reading Permissions Database."

Is there some way to fix this; clear out damaged permissions or... ? cry smiley

MacPro 2x2.66 Dual-Core Intel Xeon, 5 GB Ram, running OS 10.5.8
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Re: "Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: Monster
Date: June 25, 2010 12:20PM
if you have DiskWarrior try running that on the drive first, then Verify and Repair the drive, and then repair permissions.





The Taoist Zhuangzi said, "Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone".
The sociologist, and historian, Adam Ferguson described the phenomenon of spontaneous order in society as the "result of human action, but not the execution of any human design".
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Re: "Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: Monster
Date: June 25, 2010 12:22PM
alternatively, if you don't have DiskWarrior, and if you have Applejack installed, start up in Single User Mode and run it on auto to see if it will help.


and if you have neither, you should try running fsck in Single User Mode to see if it kicks back any useful info.





The Taoist Zhuangzi said, "Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone".
The sociologist, and historian, Adam Ferguson described the phenomenon of spontaneous order in society as the "result of human action, but not the execution of any human design".
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Re: "Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: June 25, 2010 12:58PM
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Monster
if you have DiskWarrior try running that on the drive first, then Verify and Repair the drive, and then repair permissions.

No joy.

Have DiskWarrior 4.2.
Ran Directory Rebuild first, then ran its "Repair Permissions." It too came back with "Error -9972: The underlying task reported failure on exit."



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/25/2010 12:59PM by DeusxMac.
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Re: "Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: Monster
Date: June 25, 2010 01:27PM
well, if the clone is recent (Time Machine backups a plus), boot off the clone, see if you can format the drive and restore from clone, check the drive out.

as a matter of fact, before doing that I would run a an Apple Hardware Test, it's very possible the drive is toast.





The Taoist Zhuangzi said, "Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone".
The sociologist, and historian, Adam Ferguson described the phenomenon of spontaneous order in society as the "result of human action, but not the execution of any human design".
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Re: "Repair Disk Permissions" hell
Posted by: Doc
Date: June 25, 2010 04:25PM
Sounds like the permissions DB is corrupt on your "suspect drive."

That implies that you have file corruption on your drive.

Did DiskWarrior report that it found problems when you repaired the directory?

Does the Disk Utility verify your drive with no errors reported?

Do either the Disk Utility or DiskWarrior report that the SMART status of that drive is "verified?"
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