Way back when OS X 10.11.x El Capitan launched experienced Mac users found out that Apple’s intention to dumb down OS X for the masses was real. Disk Utility was one the best and most under-used utility apps on the Mac. The new Disk Utility has more eye candy but it and OS X El Capitan don’t do what every Mac once did.
Who Needs Utilities?
Step by step, year by year, Apple has been working to make OS X more secure. As in secure from outside hackers and malware attacks, and secure from Mac users, and Disk Utility in El Capitan is a perfect example.
Wherefore art thou, Repair Permissions? Gone. Apple says:
System file permissions are automatically protected, and updated, during Software Updates. The Repair Permissions function is no longer necessary.
Yeah, but what about peace of mind? Didn’t we experienced Mac users feel better whenever we ran Disk Utility’s Repair Permissions?
For all Mac users who no longer feel a part of the 21st century because Repair Disk Permissions has been hidden away from view, there’s the free utility ReparaCapo which… insert drum roll here… returns Repair Disk Permissions.
All you have to do is open ReparaCapo and click the Continue button. And wait. And wait.
The waiting may seem like an eternity in Mac years, or maybe dog years, but it’s because ReparaCapo does not have a progress bar. The utility itself is a simple script which invokes the command line process to repair the very disk permissions that Apple says we don’t need to repair by ourselves any more.
Apple is taking the personal out of personal computers.
If you want to see what ReparaCapo did while you ate lunch there’s always the log files.
There’s not much going on with ReparaCapo, hence the low, low introductory price of free, but it’s also a free way to massage your need to repair disk permissions even though the powers that be are certain you don’t really need to do it and you’re just acting out a 1999 geek fetish if you do.