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Old 01-05-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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Verify / Repair Permissions Greyed out

I have installed Leopard with the system and user areas on separate partitions

I installed system then went to the advanced options and selected the partion for the user directory. I have copied all of my old files into the user partition and now want to verify and repair permissions. The partition is formatted as Mac Journaled. However when I open disk utility and select the partition the verify and repair permissions buttons are greyed out. What have I done wrong?
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:52 AM   #2
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FYI, permissions repair doesn't apply to your user's folder.

Also, repair permissions ONLY applies to the boot partition/volume.
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Old 01-05-2009, 09:46 AM   #3
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To reiterate: repairing permissions simply restores the default permissions for system files and any applications that have used an installer and left a receipt in /Library/Receipts.
What you do with permissions in your user domain is nobody's business but yours!

Can I ask why you created a user partition? Splitting the disk in this way does little, except for artificially limiting the inevitable growth of your OS and user space.
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Old 01-06-2009, 09:23 AM   #4
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Why I partitioned

I come from the Linux world and like the idea of keeping my user files and system separate. I have plenty of disk space and have provided ample room for growth (80GB system and rest of 500 GB drive for user files.
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Old 01-06-2009, 12:23 PM   #5
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Note that OS X's "archive & install" feature (from the Install DVD) makes it easy to reinstall the system while leaving user files untouched. This largely negates the advantage of having separate partitions for user & system. Having separate partitions makes things more complicated since you are doing something unusual (for OS X) and so always have to keep watch for things that might assume the usual setup.
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Old 01-06-2009, 11:11 PM   #6
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It's not unusual for Mac OS X. There's nothing wrong with what he's doing, and if it's exposing bugs in applications or the system, they should be reported and fixed.

e: the permissions repair thing is not a bug, don't report that (:
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:00 AM   #7
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It's unusual in the sense that the default install does not do this. Hence 99% of OS X systems will not have a separate Users partition.
1% = unusual
Bug triage indicates that bugs that affect 1% of the users get fixed long after those that affect 99% of the users.
Stay with the crowd.
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Old 01-07-2009, 01:25 AM   #8
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Mac OS X is designed to allow for the relocation of your home. There is even GUI for it in the Accounts pane to make it easier to accomplish. Your post frames it as though relocated homes come with a mountain of serious bugs that Apple will never address, and that's far, far from the truth.

It may be unusual for users but it's not a strange concept for OS X.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:20 AM   #9
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BTW, read the article linked in my signature. Be sure to read all of it before commenting about it.
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Old 01-07-2009, 11:42 AM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mikey-San
Your post frames it as though relocated homes come with a mountain of serious bugs that Apple will never address, and that's far, far from the truth.

A mountain of bugs?
No.
The likelihood of some bugs? (as yet unknown ones)
Yes.

My post was in the context of there not being much benefit to having separate partitions. If there is not much benefit to something, then it isn't worth even a small risk.

I similarly would recommend staying with the default language settings for the OS if 'US English' isn't too much of a problem for you. The closer you are to the settings used by most people (and especially by those used by the developers and testers at Apple), the less likely the possibility of bugs.
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You're still frightening people away from relocating if they want to, AND now you're telling people to use English only.

Do whatever you like.
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I didn't realize that I was that frightening.
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