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Authored by: Anonymous on Apr 22, '01 07:01:08PM

Removing the netinfo database and the .AppleSetupDone flag will change a significant number of things on your system. You will lose all of your users, for one, and other things like nfs exports and imports. However if you have messed up your database a re-install of the system won't fix it. Your only other option is to re-format and install. Just removing .AppleSetupDone will keep your database intact but allow you to add another user even if you have forgotten, lost, or for some reason unable to get into your other accounts.



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important difference
Authored by: Tony Foster on Feb 12, '07 07:29:31PM

Dear Mactroll
I have a problem with Photoshop CS2 failing to open/import files. A dialogue box ‘Could not complete your request because of a program error' appears irrespective of file type or file location.

Adobe direct me to Tech Note 331307, item 2., which details behaviours and options for repair. In my case I have established that the problem disappears if I open a new user account and open Photoshop via the new account.

This suggests a corruption in my old user account.
I have installed and archived OS10.3.9 and updated system. Bug remains in old account.
In single user mode I have run fsck -f and also replaced /var/netinfo/local.nidb. and AppleSetupDone. Bug remains.

I want to avoid re-formatting my disk and a clean install as the rebuild and transfer of preferences for applications is a big job.

Can you suggest a fix to clean the old user account via Unix terminal? Or am I stuck with the reformatting option. If reformatting what is the best way to retain or transfer Bookmarks, History in Foxfire, OmniWeb and Safari and Address book data.

PS Adobe Tech note suggests corrupted fonts are one source of this problem so fonts have been analysed and fixed with Font Doctor and removed fonts deleted. Problem remains in old account.

I would appreciate any help you can suggest.
Yours Sincerely,
Tony Foster



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