Help - Groundhog day on my MAC - Apps keep restarting

Discussion in 'macOS' started by zengod, Sep 28, 2011.

  1. zengod macrumors member

    zengod

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    Weird one this and I'm hoping someone may have the answer. Following some issues with iTunes, an iPad and a frustrating weekend of cursing mac osx I resolved those issues but now when ever I reboot I keep getting the same apps (iCal, iDVD, iTunes, Pages, Numbers, keynote and a view others) start in exactly the same place as they were a few days ago (i.e. iDVD keeps opening the movie I was editing back then and all the windows appear in the same place).

    Its a bit like Groundhog Day on my MAC.

    Now none of these apps appear in the login items list for this user and I have created a new user and it does not occur for that new user. I did have to play with some permissions for that user to sort the original problem out but I have reset all the default permissions using the disk utility but still Groundhog Day.

    Anyone know of a cache file or database somewhere in macosx that keeps the last position that perhaps the account is having problems updating ?

    Thanks.

    Weird one this and I'm hoping someone may have the answer. Following some issues with iTunes, an iPad and a frustrating weekend of cursing mac osx I resolved those issues but now .......
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  3. zengod thread starter macrumors member

    zengod

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    yes - Lion

    I have been looking at the /<user>/library/saved application state/ directory thinking that may be the issue and cleared that out but still Groundhogs.

    One consideration is the "Restore windows when quitting and re-opening apps" button under general in preferences but although I can unstick this box - when I go back into the preferences it shows as ticked again.
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The box always shows up as ticked when you shut down. AFAIK, no one has found a way to change that.
     
  5. jameslmoser macrumors 6502

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    Lion always reopened windows for me even if I unchecked that box. That cat is dumb.
     
  6. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    You might try RestoreMeNot (freeware):http://www.restoremenot.info/

    It precludes, on a selectable case-by-case basis, windows from restoring upon restart.
     

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