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While surfing I came across this tip on the Tech TV "Call For Help" show web page:
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Fix one of the most common causes of program crashes.
By Leo Laporte
Mac OS X, as we've said many times, is based on Unix. File permissions are a big part of how Unix protects itself from unauthorized tinkering.
Unfortunately, OS X seems prone to messing up permissions on files, which can cause all sorts of weird behavior when applications try to modify files they don't have permission to access. Periodically fix your permissions to avoid these crashes.
Go to Applications.
Select the Utility folder.
Double-click Disk Utility.
Choose your drive.
Click the First Aid tab
Click the Repair Disk Permissions button.
This may take a few minutes, but it'll save you lots of time later.
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It took 10 minutes or so, but my eMac, which is 14 months old and has never had permissions done before, seems to just fly along now. By the way, it appeared to repaired hundreds of permissions.
 

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While this tip does help out, its not a cure-all. Repairing permissions doesn't need to be done everyday, but doing it once or month a so, is rather beneficial.

For more insight, check this thread from Mac Help & Troubleshooting
 

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I've never reparied persmissions before and never had a problem before, either.
 
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