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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: tb on Apr 30, '03 07:15:08PM
I recently had exactly the same problem - the finder would crash on any attempt to access the Applications folder.

To find the cause proceed as follows:

1) Quit the finder

2) Execute the finder from a Terminal by entering:

/System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app/Contents/MacOS/
Finder
(on one line)

3) Attempt to open Applications. Finder will crash again, of course, but this time the STDOUT and STDERR will be displayed on the terminal, and you may see something like:

2003-05-01 08:38:24.773 Finder[512] CFLog (0): 
    CFPropertyListCreateFromXMLData(): plist parse failed; 
the data is not proper UTF-8. The file name for this data could 
be:
    Contents/Info.plist -- file://(application causing 
problem)
    The parser will retry as in 10.1, but the problem should be 
corrected in the plist.
Segmentation fault
This shows that the problem was caused by a corrupted Info.plist. Moving the offending application out of Applications solved the problem (rather, moved it to another folder. I still need to reinstall the application).

A crash log may appear in ~/Library/Logs/CrashReporter/ Finder.crash.log, but it does not pinpoint the cause.

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Applications folder just doesn't open
Authored by: chriscarroll on Apr 30, '03 07:55:32PM

I'm hoping to solve a similar problem for a friend with a new (3 weeks) iBook: every time she opens the application folder, it almost instantly closes (Finder doesn't crash).
She has installed 2 pieces of software in 3 weeks: MS Office and Sibelius

Anyone else had this?



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: a1291762 on Apr 30, '03 07:59:11PM

Have you left Apple feedback about this?

SegFaulting because of a corrupted .plist file is unacceptable.

I'd leave feedback myself but I don't have "real" info to send to Apple since this hasn't happened on my machine.



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A fix for Finder crashing when selecting Applications folder
Authored by: tb on May 04, '03 10:19:06PM

I should have realized that simply opening the Console after a
Finder (or whatever) crash will display the same information.



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