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Like many OS X users, I really love the fit and finish of Omnigroup's OmniWeb browser. It's very stable and so far has rendered every page I've thrown at it.

However, it does occasionally lock up at start-up, freezing the UI with it, forcing me to reboot. This is where a previous hint I reported here shows a practical value.

Read the rest of the article for a primer on "fsck", the file system check utility in Mac OS X.

- After rebooting, login and start up Terminal.
- At the prompt, type
sudo /sbin/shutdown now
(This assumes you're logged in as an administrative user.)
- Enter the password when prompted.
- When OS X shuts down to single-user mode, you'll be presented with a black screen and a single text prompt.
- Type
fsck -y
- The utility will examine your disk and repair any errors.
- If it reports that the disk has been modified, run the same command again until it reports clean.
- At the prompt, type
Log back into Aqua and OmniWeb should be just fine.
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fsck startup
Authored by: Elvaen on Apr 14, '01 01:48:49AM

Instead of using the terminal to shutdown into single-user mode you can hold cmd-s during bootup to get the prompt where you can type 'fsck -y'


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Using -s at startup
Authored by: tomsinclair on Apr 14, '01 02:05:11AM

I realize that, but on my PowerBook this only worked about one time in six. Frankly I got
tired of having to reboot multiple times just to go to single user.

Right now I'm working on a script that will go down to single user, run fsck twice and
reboot automatically. If I can get that, I can have an icon that I can fire off with a
double-click and the whole process will be even easier.

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