View Full Version : Repair Permissions is taking FOREVER!!

11-11-2007, 01:27 PM
Hi all,

All of a sudden whenever I do a Smart Update, the repair permissions part is taking a very long time before it starts the back up, about an hour. I guess I could uncheck 'Repair Permissions' but I'm concerned this might be a symptom of something bigger.

This was happening before I upgraded to Leopard, so not sure what the deal is.

I'm running the latest version of SD.

I'm not sure of this is a problem w/SD or something system wide.

Any suggestions?


11-11-2007, 01:40 PM
It's Leopard. (Please also note that we're not fully compatible with Leopard, even though that has nothing to do with this particular thing -- Leopard is really slow at repairing permissions for most users.)

11-11-2007, 01:46 PM
I could of swore this was happening before Leopard, but maybe I'm wrong.

Also my transfer rates suck, around 5-6mbps. Is that normal for a USB2 Drive?

Thanks for the reply. (get going on the Leopard update! :p)

11-11-2007, 01:58 PM
Yeah, that's pretty typical of USB2: it's significantly slower than FireWire.

02-22-2008, 09:11 PM
Thanks for the thread on permissions - I have been experiencing similar difficulties. So this is a leopard problem? - It's true that Disk utility says "repairing permissions" with an estimate of less than 1 min and then takes forever and ever.

Any idea if / when this might get better. To be honest I trust my SuperDuper backup situation more than Time Machine.

02-22-2008, 09:54 PM
Who knows when Apple will get around to making it right? Meantime, unless you have some specific reason to, just don't repair 'em. No real need.

02-22-2008, 10:26 PM
As I've said, this is something we have no control over at all... I'd suggest not repairing permissions.