[OS X TeX] 10.2 permissions/crash/Apple doc

Richard Seguin riseguin at earthlink.net
Thu Sep 12 00:17:20 EDT 2002


I've been present here off and on. Like Gerben, I've had a fever—mine 
has lasted three weeks but we're now seriously trying to figure what's 
going on. I've often been very fatigued and brain fogged with this.

Thanks for links, and especially to the Apple article. I found some 
valuable information there, and I've printed the pages so that I have 
easy reference to them in the case that something ever went radically 
wrong. I wasn't aware of fsck -y. Although I'm not presently having 
problems, I might run it just to become familiar with it.

I extracted the obviously damaged OmniWeb browser from my hard drive, 
and removed reference to it in the dock. Then after doing a final 
repair of disk permissions, everything has been working very smoothly, 
and more smoothly, I might add, than 10.1.5. I won't bore everyone with 
how I probably damaged the application, but I suspect that the desktop 
had severe problems with the damaged application at boot time because 
there was a reference to it in the dock, a part of the desktop. In 
fact, the icon was darkened in the dock. I suspect that the crashes I 
was experiencing had nothing to do with the kernel, but rather only 
with the desktop. I've reinstalled OmniWeb, and it works just fine now. 
I must say that I'm impressed with the punishment that this OS can take 
and still recover and function, especially compared to Windows. You 
might recall that Norton Utilities crashed on me mid way through a disk 
defragmentation (a heart stopping event), and I could still boot from 
the disk! I'm not touching the disk utilities again though until I'm 
assured that they're compatible with 10.2. Norton Utilities, and Drive 
10 (I hear), definitely are not. Do you know for sure what the status 
of DiskWarrior is?

Richard Séguin

On Wednesday, September 11, 2002, at 05:29  AM, Axel E. Retif wrote:

> Richard:
> On Monday, September 9, 2002, at 11:44  PM, Richard Seguin wrote:
> [...]
>> Why would repairing permissions bring the finder back? Why are my 
>> permissions getting corrupted in the first place? Bizarre. At the 
>> moment, I'm crossing my fingers that I won't get another blank screen 
>> in the morning when I power up.
> We haven't heard from you. I wish I could be more helpful, but --being 
> a copy-editor by trade, user of the now Classic Mac OS since System 3 
> (I think) and QuarkXPress, etc.-- all I can do is point you to some 
> pages; for example,
> http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106712
> a (basic) AppleCare document on permissions, and
> http://www.macintouch.com/mosxreader10.2pt12.html
> a MacInTouch report where Daniel Paawe describes his experiences 
> upgrading different machines.

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