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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes Apps
Sometimes, things crash in the background, but you need to know immediately. For example, I've installed a virus checker and its folder monitoring sometimes crashes. I want to know this straight away. So I made an Automator app to do just this. Just put in these actions:
  1. From the 'Automator' Library, add the 'Ask for Confirmation' action, with a simple message such as "Something Has Crashed"
  2. From the 'Finder' Library, add the 'Open Finder Items' action.
Save this simple workflow as a Folder Actions plug-in, and then apply it as a Folder Action to the folder ~/Library -> Logs -> CrashReporter. When anything crashes, an alert will pop up telling you that this has happened, and the new crash log will be opened. Voila!
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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes
Authored by: yanokwa on Mar 17, '06 07:30:01AM
Why can't you use CrashReporter's developer mode? In dev mode, application, background and system process crashes are displayed.

At the terminal:
defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType developer

To revert:
defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType basic

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THAT should be a hint!
Authored by: jecwobble on Mar 17, '06 11:01:46AM

I'm curious how you learned something like this and why you hadn't already submitted it as a hint in its own right?



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there *was* a hint
Authored by: sjk on Mar 17, '06 02:43:05PM
10.3: Disable the 'Unexpectedly Quit' dialog box

... found by searching for com.apple.CrashReporter on this site.

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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes
Authored by: barefootguru on Mar 17, '06 11:47:42AM

If you have Developer tools installed there's an app to set this preference: /Developer/Applications/Utilities/CrashReporterPrefs



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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes
Authored by: zellpharm on Mar 17, '06 10:58:27PM

There is one more setting you can enable to completely disable the crash dialog:

defaults write com.apple.CrashReporter DialogType server

This option never shows the pesky crash/report dialog!



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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes
Authored by: scooteristi on Mar 18, '06 10:22:23AM

Explain to us why you need a virus checker on a Mac?



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10.4: Use Automator to detect background crashes
Authored by: mbenchoff on Mar 18, '06 01:28:03PM

Because you use your Mac in a Windows environment and those pesky Word macro viruses (such as Thus.gen) won't go away by themselves. Having AV software is much easier than making sure 1000+ Mac users don't enable macros.



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