Jonny Evans reports for Computerworld, “Disk Utility has stayed more or less the same for years, but Apple has given the Mac power user’s much-loved maintenance tool a big overhaul in El Capitan, making it look different and removing familiar tools, including the popular ‘Repair Permissions’ command.”
“Gone is the box-like Disk Utility of yesterday to be replaced by a more colorful edition providing at-a-glance information of how you use your disk,” Evan reports. “This means you can see just how much of your Mac is consumed by Apps (blue), Photos (red), Audio (orange), Movies (green), and everything else, aka ‘Other’ (yellow). You can also see how much (or, in my case, how little) space is free (white). This is pretty much the same view as you’ll find in About this Mac under the Storage pane.”
“Disk Utility launches with this view and offers five choices to reach its remaining tools in its top bar: First Aid, Partition, Erase, Unmount and Info,” Evan reports. “The lack of Repair Permissions shouldn’t matter too much, according to Apple. The company claims that in El Capitan, ‘System file permissions are automatically protected, and updated, during Software Updates. The Repair Permissions function is no longer necessary.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: Having permissions repaired automatically is a welcome improvement for the vast majority of OS X users (most of whom have never clicked “Repair Permissions” in their lives.