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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder Desktop
Well, being relatively new to OS X, I have been adding software at a blinding pace and it finally caught up with me. Throughout the week, I had been using my Mac without (as usual) a hint of any problems, then all of a sudden it started happening; the Finder started crashing whenever I clicked on the Applications link anywhere in the Finder.

After messing with this for two days, I was ready to give up and reload OS X until another post regarding bad fonts made me think. Could a broken application cause this behavior? Lo-and-behold, that's exactly what it was!

The way I found the application was by using terminal to initially move all the apps from the /Applications folder to my /User/me/applications directory (me being short for my username). Then I just started with the mv command, moving apps by alphabet back to the /Applications directory then clicking on Applications in finder to see if it would crash.

When I moved all the S* apps, then Finder started crashing again. So, I moved S* back, then started moving apps that start with S back individually until I found the culprit, StreamRipperX. Hopefully I will figure out what is causing the clipboard to stop working now.

[robg adds: I'm not sure I'd recommend the use of mv to do this, as you could lose the resource forks to certain applications, which would render them useless. Still, the general troubleshooting technique is good, which is why I chose to post this. Instead of mv, though, CpMac or ditto -v rsrcFork could be used to copy the files out and back (delete all the originals after copying out) while preserving resource fork information. You could also use MvMac to move the files in one step, though it won't copy across volumes and I've heard scattered reports of problems with it...]
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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: lamon on Apr 30, '03 12:00:48PM

Actually, "mv" just moves the directory entry if you stay on the same partition. In this case, you will not lose the resource fork. If you "mv" to another partition, it does a "cp", then a "rm" and then you lose it.



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: mjones1040 on Apr 30, '03 12:20:47PM

This has happened to me before. My problem did not have to do
with fonts. The problem was with permissions. Unfortunately I
can't remember the exact details, but I know that I changed
some permissions on a few folders/files and the problem went
away. I have StreamRipper installed and I don't think that it
has given me any trouble. Sorry for the cryptic comment, but
you might look at the permissions of some of your apps and
make sure they are correct. I have found permissions for
shareware that I manually install into my applications folder to
be the main problem. In the future, I think I will keep a log of
problems like this so that I can pass along more details next
time.



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: aubreyapple on Apr 30, '03 02:39:27PM

My comment is on RobG's note. In this case, I think that mv
may be better. I doubt there are resource forks on directories
and that is all that is being mv'd. The contents would remain.
The problem with ditto and CpMac is that you then have to
delete the areas and you have to have room on the disk for the
duplicate. The ditto method is obviously a little safer but
considerably slower.



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: tb on Apr 30, '03 07:15:08PM
I recently had exactly the same problem - the finder would crash on any attempt to access the Applications folder.

To find the cause proceed as follows:

1) Quit the finder

2) Execute the finder from a Terminal by entering:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/
Finder
(on one line)

3) Attempt to open Applications. Finder will crash again, of course, but this time the STDOUT and STDERR will be displayed on the terminal, and you may see something like:

2003-05-01 08:38:24.773 Finder[512] CFLog (0): 
    CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; 
the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could 
be:
    Contents/Info.plist -- file://(application causing 
problem)
    The parser will retry as in 10.1, but the problem should be 
corrected in the plist.
Segmentation fault
This shows that the problem was caused by a corrupted Info.plist. Moving the offending application out of Applications solved the problem (rather, moved it to another folder. I still need to reinstall the application).

A crash log may appear in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ Finder.crash.log, but it does not pinpoint the cause.

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Applications folder just doesn't open
Authored by: chriscarroll on Apr 30, '03 07:55:32PM

I'm hoping to solve a similar problem for a friend with a new (3 weeks) iBook: every time she opens the application folder, it almost instantly closes (Finder doesn't crash).
She has installed 2 pieces of software in 3 weeks: MS Office and Sibelius

Anyone else had this?



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: a1291762 on Apr 30, '03 07:59:11PM

Have you left Apple feedback about this?

SegFaulting because of a corrupted .plist file is unacceptable.

I'd leave feedback myself but I don't have "real" info to send to Apple since this hasn't happened on my machine.



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: tb on May 04, '03 10:19:06PM

I should have realized that simply opening the Console after a
Finder (or whatever) crash will display the same information.



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