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AppleJack will do this for you
Authored by: crazyj on Aug 18, '05 03:06:13PM
AppleJack can remove these cache files for you if you run it using the applejack AUTO reboot command. MacFixIt has a good description of what AppleJack does:
By typing applejack AUTO (note the all-caps) AppleJack will perform the auto pilot sequence using "deep cleaning" mode: During the cache cleaning step, it will delete all cache files, including the Launch Services database. You should use this option only if the standard mode doesn't fix a problem you're experiencing, as deleting the Launch Services cache files has two significant consequences: It resets any custom file associations (which applications open which files) you've configured; and it resets the security dialogs that pop up the first time you launch an application via double-clicking one of its documents.
I run AppleJack after every system update or after installing software. Make sure you boot into single user mode to run it!

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