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Ivan's picture

Check your preferences

If one of your applications is misbehaving there is a big chance that it's caused by its corrupted preferences file. You should quit the application locate the specific file and trash it. It's under yourusername /Library /Preferences/...

Be aware that when you trash a preferences file, you will obviously loose your user specific settings for that application, so you will need to set them up again. However, it's worth the effort if it helps you fix the erratic behavior.

You can get Terminal to check all your preferences files for you. Open Terminal from Applications/Utilities. Then copy and paste the following line of code into your Terminal window:
find ~/Library/Preferences -name "*.plist" -print0 | xargs -n1 -0 plutil -lint

Most of the lines will be OK, but if some of them are not you may want to consider trashing the indicated corrupt preferences files.

Talking about Terminal, you can also check out how to manipulate your images in Terminal, how to browse the net using links and how to personalize your Terminal greeting. Thanks for the Terminal command line to OSXFAQ.

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sal paradise's picture

The following command will only show you which preference files had problems:

find ~/Library/Preferences -name "*.plist" -print0 | xargs -n1 -0 plutil -lint | grep -v OK

Jerry's picture

Suggest grep -v ' OK$' to match only lines that end in OK -- some filenames could have OK in them, and the simple grep -v 'OK' would always hide those even if they had errors.

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