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Fix a Finder glitch when updating apps by drag and drop Desktop
If you ever try to update an application by locating the application package then dragging the updated version to the same window, you are prompted to confirm that you want to replace the one that already exists. When doing so, you may sometimes receive an error message about the open status of the application's info.plist file.

This may only apply in cases such as mine for which too many applications exist on the boot volume for them to all be stored in the Applications folder.

Presumably, the .plist file was opened in order to help you find the application package. The error message usually stops appearing after several tries to drag and drop the new application package, but if you don't want to wait, try the following.

Open a Terminal window, type lsof, and then press return. That apparently updates the Finder's recognition of what needs to be protected and what doesn't, and should allow you to successfully replace the application package on the next attempt to drag and drop. You can just close the Terminal after you're done updating.

[crarko adds: The command lsof gives a list of the files that are currently open by all active processes. Why it would have the side effect mentioned in the hint is a bit of a mystery.]
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Fix a Finder glitch when updating apps by drag and drop
Authored by: BiL Castine on Dec 23, '11 10:18:43AM

this happens to me from time to time using only a single hard drive storing all applications in the /Applications folder, but it doesn't happen with enough regularity to troubleshoot. i have been manually moving the old application to the trash then copying the new one on top of it, but i like your method since i usually have a terminal window open.



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Fix a Finder glitch when updating apps by drag and drop
Authored by: tingo on Dec 27, '11 09:24:30AM

I've been on 10.6.8 ever since it's been out, but this bug has started to happen only recently. Not a clue why. I also get more "file is in use" errors than I used to when trying to do a replacement. When it happens, I usually trash the old app and move the new version where it used to be.



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Fix a Finder glitch when updating apps by drag and drop
Authored by: llee on Dec 28, '11 04:06:12PM

Try my hint. Not only does it let you do what you want right away, it keeps the problem from returning for a while (I can't say how long, exactly, but I don't remember doing it more than once during a session).

Edited on Dec 28, '11 04:06:43PM by llee



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Fix a Finder glitch when updating apps by drag and drop
Authored by: llee on Dec 05, '12 11:54:28PM

I haven't needed this workaround since I upgraded to Mountain Lion



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