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There are two places that a permissions fix is mentioned, needed after Time Machine restored the system: story 1 and story 2.

But what is a permissions fix and why is it needed? What if you don't do such a fix, then what will happen? (why is the fix not built into the Time Machine restore?)

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> "why is the fix not built into the Time Machine restore?" – It's difficult to answer your fourth question without knowing what system you use. At least: the OS used for restoration (maybe Recovery OS – your 2010 story 2 predates this) may differ from the version of the restored OS. Expect a repair of permissions to be most effective when the versions match. – Graham Perrin Jul 24 '12 at 7:23
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The permissions fix is to Open Disk Utility, select your boot disk and run the Repair Disk Permissions enter image description here

What this does is compare the permissions of the files and directories installed by Apple to what is expected and changes them if needed.

If you have just installed OSX and then installed from a good backup then all the files will have the correct permissions and will not change anything. So it is a step that is a double check and probably not required but might find something on odd occasions. I would not run this as if there was a difference between expected and actual permissions I would want to know what it is and work out what action broke the set up and fix that error and fix that action.

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