Apps showing up twice in open with menu

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Zackonmac, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Zackonmac macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    Hey all.

    When I right click on a file (lets say a photo) and go to the "Open with" contextual menu. I'm getting duplicate app entries, ie: two photoshops, two google chromes etc.

    I know there is a terminal command to clear this out, but the problem is that it happens on every single reboot.

    I think the problem may be related to the fact that I have 3 drives, one internal that I use as a carbon copy cloner backup drive, one external which I run my mac os off, and another external that I use as a time machine backup.

    I'm sure i'm not the only person in the world that has a set up like this so has anyone else experienced this and found a fix? It's terribly annoying and only one of the two duplicate programs in the open with menu actually work. So you have to either guess correctly the first time or go through the process twice.

    Running the terminal command and killing finder on every reboot is tedious. (i also tried just creating an automator app to run the command on startup then kill and relaunch finder. It doesn't work though because I believe it's happening too quickly or something)

    Thanks for any assistance
  2. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    Does this help?
  3. Zackonmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
  4. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    1. How often do you reboot?

    2. What happens if you run the command and then reboot without your clone drive plugged in?
  5. Zackonmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    1) When I said "reboot" I also meant startup. I turn my computer off at night and turn it back on in the morning for work.

    2) The problem is that the clone drive is the internal drive. I run my operating system off an external thunderbolt ssd
  6. samh macrumors 6502

    Oct 29, 2009
    Can you put the computer to sleep instead?

    There may be a way to prevent an internal disk from automatically mounting but I don't know it off the top of my head.
  7. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Can you please clarify something. When you see these duplicate entries, are there duplicates for every single app in the list, or is it just some?

    I ask because the rebuild launch services problem that Terminal command fixes, is usually just a few apps that have duplicate entries from wonky install routines. If you are seeing a duplicate for every single app., there is something else going on.

    Maybe somehow related to the way you are booting with these cloned drives?
  8. Zackonmac, Jul 24, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 31, 2013

    Zackonmac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2010
    Good question. No, not all apps. For instance if i right click on a png and go to the open with menu it shows two google chromes, two photoshops, but only one color sync and one pixelmator etc. It also beachballs for a bit before showing the menu.

    I run my OS off the external ssd. I just set it to my startup disk, thats it. Just once. I clone a daily backup of the aforementioned ssd to the internal hard drive in the iMac once daily.

    This seems like a punishment for being smart and backing up :D
    Thanks for all the advice thus far. Would be great to get to the bottom of this

    EDIT: I resolved this issue by just not backing up applications with CCC or time machine. I instead just backed up important files like documents, programming source files etc. Not a fix as such, but a smarter approach

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