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Leon Brocard (aka acme) is an orange-loving Perl eurohacker with many varied contributions to the Perl community, including the GraphViz module on the CPAN. YAPC::Europe was all his fault. He is still looking for a Perl Monger group he can start which begins with the letter 'D'.

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Monday January 06, 2003
05:12 AM

Pesky iBook

[ #9785 ]
For some reason, Stuffit Expander is broken on my iBook. Perhaps it is complaining that I didn't take it on holiday. This means I can't install or upgrade any programs. Why doesn't Apple bundle file decompression into the core, anyway? Looks like I'm going to have to backup and then reinstall Jagwyre...
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  • Aladdin [] is a good place to start, since they make it, and you can get it without needing stuffit expander to work...
    • Yup, tried that. The latest version won't run either. No error message or anything, I get the opening window animation and then nothing :-(
      • You could open the Console app to see if anything's going on, but here's an easier trick.

        Open up a Terminal window, and cd to wherever the installer is. (Probably ~/Desktop) Then find the executable inside the .app bundle and fire it off by hand. If the app was named Foo, then the real executable would be in When you do that, things will still work graphically as they should, but any messages will go to the terminal and you may at least have a chance to figure out what's going o
  • Turned out it was a corrupt plist file. Everything is okay now, phew...
    • Was it your own personal user's preferences, or systemwide?

      One trick I've been doing lately is using a completely pristine user account to check problems. So if Stuffit Expander won't work for me, then I try using it from a new user account and see if it works there.
      • The problem was in my own personal user preferences. It's still annoying - if the plist is corrupt then tell me about it, rather than die mysteriously ;-)