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Repairing Permissions in Mac OS X

A Film by Tom Witte

In the tradition of Ken Burns and his "Civil War" series (documenting a time without sound recording or moving pictures through "pan and span" techniques and still photos), we come to a short tutorial using moving pictures and no sound.

Mac OS X 10.2 allows you to repair file and directory permissions using the Disk Utility. This film (20 seconds, 3.4 megabytes) illustrates a process that could take 10 minutes to two hours, depending on the speed of the machine and the size and condition of the drive. Tom made this film using Snapz Pro X.