This has been happening for months, and I have no idea what's causing it.
Something on my Mac keeps mucking with disk permissions, and it seems like a trivial set of stuff
- Java-related library files and the Applet plugin
- Core Graphics headers
- Some network headers, like a few files in the arpanet group
- My hosts file (in this case, I know that the thing touching the hosts file is the Gasmask application)
However, whatever it is that is doing this, it completely wrenches up a lot of file-related actions. The two most high-profile issues:
- Archive Utility becomes unusable; it hangs indefinitely and I have to force-quit. 3rd party archive utilities like The Unarchiver don't experience this issue, so I've switched to using The Unarchiver.
- The most annoying one is that the "Reveal In Finder" action in Alfred doesn't work. I use this functionality all the time and it constantly stops working.
If there are other issues, I haven't directly noticed them, but I'm sure there are other things I can't find. Whenever one of these things starts to happen, I run a permission repair, and everything goes back to normal for a little while, then one day *bang* it starts again.
Has anybody else experienced something similar, or does anybody know if there's a way that I can track specific files' permissions modifications so I can see exactly what the culprit is? I have a great deal of software installed via homebrew and non-MAS avenues so I think it'd be pretty complicated to track it down exactly, any tips are greatly welcomed.