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10.6: Fix a Finder crash after an iDisk connection error
Authored by: mac4drew on Sep 25, '09 06:13:27AM

I encountered this annoying bug myself, but I don't use or have an iDisk or even a MobileMe account.

This bug seems to occur when the Finder GUI crashes but the Finder process continues to run. It could be that Snow Leopard's implementation of iDisk is especially shoddy so it happens more when using iDisks, but the root of the problem is that the system doesn't do anything to make sure Finder is actually terminated after it crashes. And if Finder isn't terminated, it can't be launched again, so it just sits there crunching away at nothing.

I was loading some movie thumbnails in a Cover Flow window. Some of the movies were using Perian and/or Flip4Mac, so maybe one of those was the actual culprit. After reading this post, I opened Terminal from my Dock, ran top and saw that the Finder process was still running (and taking up about 85% of my CPU).

I killed the process using killall Finder and it relaunched immediately, just like the OP's experience.

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