Mac OS X 10.4.9 Special Report: Application launch problems

Mac OS X 10.4.9 Special Report: Application launch problems

Some users have reported issues with launching various applications after updating to Mac OS X 10.4.9.

One reader writes:

"I just updated to Mac OS X 10.4.9 and now Final Cut Pro won't open."

This issue is generally soluble through workarounds listed in our tutorial "What to do when a Mac OS X application will not launch." The following fixes are particularly effective:

Delete appropriate .plist files A non-launching application can be the result of a corrupt or otherwise defunct application-associated .plist file (for more information on exactly what a .plist file is, see this series of articles) Most of these files are stored in a folder named Preferences, and located in the Library folder of your home directory, e.g.:

  • ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.Safari.plist

Go to the ~/Library/Preferences folder, and search for any .plist files that may be associated with the application with which you are having trouble. Drag the .plist file(s) [many applications have more than one associated .plist file, so be careful to scour for all of them] to the Desktop, then re-attempt launching the application.

Update prebinding Many cases of application launch-failure can be resolved easily by simply updating prebinding, via the following steps:

  1. Log in as an administrator
  2. Open the Terminal (located in Applications/Utilities)
  3. Type: sudo update_prebinding -root / -force and press Return.
  4. When prompted for a password, enter your admin password, and press Return again. The process may take a few minutes, and you may see various messages flash by. The process is complete when the Terminal returns to a normal prompt.
  5. Type exit and press Return.
  6. Check for the capability to launch the problematic application.

Index:

Resources
  • "What to do when a Mac OS X application will not launch."
  • series of articles
  • Release notes
  • Update procedure recommend...
  • Common workarounds for whe...
  • Downgrading to Mac OS X 10...
  • Files modified by this upd...
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  • Application launch problem...
  • Bluetooth device issues
  • Classic: Will not run, oth...
  • Desktop icons missing
  • Disk images not mounting
  • Eject key issues: Longer d...
  • External optical drives: h...
  • Final Cut Pro/Express: Cap...
  • Finder persistently crashe...
  • Frozen windows
  • iSync issues/general synch...
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  • Networking problems with M...
  • Persistent booting into Wi...
  • Printer problems, fixes
  • Problems starting up
  • Quicken: .Mac backup failu...
  • Resolved issues
  • Secure site access broken:...
  • Segmentation faults
  • Server connection drops
  • Third-party device issues ...
  • Update to Final Cut Pro 5....
  • Volume significantly loude...
  • VPN connectivity issues
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