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Resolve slowdown caused by Folder Action scripts System
I am a regular user of the excellent FolderOrg script, but sometimes (when I download a very small file) something, somewhere crashes and FolderOrg stops working.

When that happens, the Finder contextual menu item takes around ten minutes to display (this is probably related to this hint). Quitting the Finder doesn't help. Logging out and back in fixes the problem but there is a better solution.

You must locate the process which has crashed and restart it. The name of that process is System Events. Launch Activity Monitor and force quit the System Events process. It will restart automatically and everything will work fine again.
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Resolve slowdown caused by Folder Action scripts
Authored by: digitol on Apr 27, '06 12:30:20PM

Thanks for this tip, although too bad it didn't post last week when I had the problem, and spend 2hrs figuring out what was going on. I had a folder-action set up, and sure enough system events, or whaterver the thing is would take 30 + CPU ticks from me. Ouch!! Instead of dealing with this obvious design flaw (APPLE) I decided not to use Folder-actions at all. BTW, Widgets can do this as well, if they are corrupt, they can take unusually high amounts of CPU time away from ya, so watch out.



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Resolve slowdown caused by Folder Action scripts
Authored by: chtito on May 02, '06 05:59:07AM

Sometimes when you force quit the System Events process, it won't restart... In that case simply relaunch it manually by double-clicking on System Events in the /System/Library/CoreServices folder.



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You're the friggin' man, dude!
Authored by: buddhistMonkey on Jul 18, '07 04:24:01AM

This Finder bug has been plaguing me for months (albeit only occasionally), and I resorted to logging out each time to remedy the problem. If I weren't already bald, I would have pulled out all my hair by now. I hope you get a bonus blast of good karma for solving my problem.



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