Finder crashes/disappears briefly when browsing to a Folder

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  1. jprovost macrumors newbie

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    #1
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_1R2SxQI_U

    Having a problem browsing to certain folders (Macbook Pro, OSX 10.4.10) as seen in the video (sorry, capture framerate was slow so playback is fast).

    Here's the action I'm taking since you can't see my cursor:
    1. Doubleclick ghost (HD)
    2. Left click School folder
    3. Left click 2nd year folder
    4. Left click scientific folder
    5. Left click entymology folder

    At that point, the Finder window as well as my HD disappear for about half a second. And then just my HD reappears.

    I've restarted, repaired permissions. Folder depth isn't the issue because I successfully navigated to much deeper folders.

    Tried the same thing on my external backup, same folder crashes Finder the same way.
     
  2. plinden macrumors 68040

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    #2
    Can you list the files in that folder using Terminal?

    If there's one particular file crashing Finder, and you can list them in Terminal, you can move the files out one at a time until you find the one that causes the crash.
     
  3. jprovost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    plinden: Thank you. I've been able to list and copy the files out one-by-one via (my limited knowledge of) Terminal.

    Any idea what might have caused this? A corrupt file? All that was in there is 5 .PSDs, 2 .PDFs and a .DOC.
     
  4. plinden macrumors 68040

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    #4
    I've never come across a corrupt file crashing Finder, but there may be a hidden file - one starting with '.'

    If you do a "ls -a" in the directory, it'll show all the files.
     
  5. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    #5
    Maybe the .DS_Store file

    You can safely delete that file as it is only responsible for saving the view options of that folder it's in.

    You'll probably want to stay in the terminal, so you can remove it by typing "rm .DS_Store"
     
  6. jprovost thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The following worked:

    1. Navigate to the Folder in Terminal
    2. "ls -a"
    3. "rm DS_Store"

    Can open the folder(s) now. Thanks everyone!
     
  7. Eva01ars macrumors newbie

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! This worked for me just now in 10.5.5.

    Eva01ars
     
  8. rsalior macrumors newbie

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