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ACLr8 is a command-line tool written in Python that will analyze your entire hard drive searching for files that cause the "ACL found but not expected" errors in disk utility, and remove all ACL from them.

Although these errors are relatively harmless, they can be quite annoying and they cause permission repairs to take much longer than they should. ACLr8 is very safe, but of course you use it at your own risk.

What's New

Version 1.3.1:
  • Add a message about how no characters will appear when entering your password.
  • Code cleanup.


OS X 10.0 or later

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chrisa7132 Member IconReview+0

Awesome.Used it under Mavericks 10.9.3 after restoring from a Time Machine backup. I had a TON of ACL messages in permissions repair and this cleared up every last one!

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Version 1.3.1
jh02472 Member IconReview+3

What a lifesaver! Not only did it clear up error messages that Apple says are unimportant -- it saved me from constantly appearing Beachball and weird slowdowns.

Thank you a thousand times to the developer.

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Version 1.3.1
Iancrew Member IconReview+1

A great little script. One very reassuring thing: If you look at the "ACLr8" file within the download using any text editor, or just the unix "more" command, you can see the full text of the python script. That reassured me that it's not doing anything evil or stupid.

This worked well on Mac OS X 10.8.4--it cleared out 48632 files with incorrect ACLs.

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Version 1.3.1
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Version 1.3.0
espnyc Member IconReview+0

Worked like a charm. Fixed the password required for drag&drop to trash.

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Version 1.3.0
Frank_Martin Member IconComment+16

Thanks for this and for maintaining it to work under Lion!

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Version 1.3.0
Bobbysdad Member IconComment+2

I'm having problems getting this to work.
(10.5.8 on a 800MHz iBook.)
I get the following:
bobbys-ibook-g4:~ bobby$ /Applications/ACLr8 ; exit;
env: python: No such file or directory
I know it's not much to go on, but does anyone have any clues, please?

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Version 1.2.2
Snowwhitesickette Member IconReview+79

Does just what it says. Also can be used to repair permissions. I had one "ACL found but not expected," and this got rid of it like a charm. (Leopard 10.5.8.) Thanks for this useful program!

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Version 1.2.1
Joris-Vervuurt Member IconReview+111

Thanks! Worked great on my iMac with Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.1!

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Version 1.2.1

Any sense of if and how well this works in Lion (10.7.1)?

Mitch_de Member IconReview+169

Worked ! Used with 10.5.8 and cleared 10 ACL "problems". Thanks

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Version 1.2.1
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Version 1.3.1
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Version 1.3.1
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Downloads 11,786
Version Downloads 4,709
Type Utilities / System
License Free
Date 03 Oct 2012
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
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