Apps not opening

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  1. greystre3t macrumors newbie

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    Almost all of my apps are not opening (I'm running snow leopard). Only ones that have opened are mail and safari. Firefox wouldn't even open. I did some google searching but couldn't find anything. Any tips?
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Try rebooting. I've seen similar when the Finder/Window Server gets itself in a state. A reboot normally fixes it.
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you reboot? What happens when you try to launch an app?
     
  4. spinnerlys Guest

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    Can you please be more elaborate on what you do?

    Do you use the Dock or the Applications folder to open those programs? Do they appear/bounce in the Dock for a short time?
    Does Activity Monitor show them when you try to open the applications?

    Has a restart helped?

    What Mac do you have?

    Since when does this behaviour occur?


    Have you tried repairing permissions via Disk Utility?
     
  5. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ..
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    One fix for this is to redo pre-bindings in Terminal:

    sudo update_prebinding -force -root /

    Or you can use an app like Onyx to perform the action.
     
  7. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I gave the terminal command a try, but when it prompts me to enter my password, my keyboard doesn't seem to work. Also, onyx is one of these apps not opening. By the way, if this info helps, when I try to open an app, this is the message I get:
    com.apple.launchd.peruser.504[129] ([0x0-0x35035].com.adobe.Photoshop[300]) posix_spawn("/Applications/Adobe Photoshop CS4/Adobe Photoshop CS4.app/Contents/MacOS/Adobe Photoshop CS4", ...): Permission denied

    com.apple.launchd.peruser.504[129] ([0x0-0x35035].com.adobe.Photoshop[300]) Exited with exit code: 1
     
  8. 840quadra Moderator

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    What are the permissions on your Boot disk, and or application folder? Check them using the "get info" on a command, or right click.
     
  9. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Read and write for both
     
  10. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I just got off the phone with Apple. Looks like I'll have to re-install. But I thank everyone for your help, I appreciate it.
     
  11. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Scratch that. That seemed to not have worked at all. Could it be because I restored to my previous Time Machine backup?
     
  12. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    The Terminal commands worked? If so, glad to have helped.
     
  13. greystre3t thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually it didn't. i tried it before and after installing. This is the message I get:
    sudo: update_prebinding: command not found
     
  14. Darwin-ksh macrumors newbie

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    Your keyboard worked fine. Bash doesn't show what you type at the password prompt.
    edit: try rebuilding dyld's shared cache. update_prebindings hasn't been in OS X since Tiger
     

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