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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

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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 [aladdinsys.com] 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 Foo.app/Contents/MacOS/Foo. 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 ;-)