How come applications are suddenly missing? (but strangely, they reappear)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Porkplan, Jan 14, 2015.

  1. Porkplan macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    This is so weird. This happened to me before, one of my apps went missing. I couldn't find it anywhere I search for it so I thought I accidentally deleted it. I did not install it again but surprisingly it came back the next day. Note : this is an app I used to open everyday

    Today my Logic Pro X is missing. I use it everyday as well. Now I can't find it, so I used a data recovery software to check if I accidentally erased it. I could see lots of files that I deleted way before my app went missing, so that probably means I did not accidentally erase it. Also, the system files in the library folder are still there. But when I try to open a Logic Pro document I can't open it, instead terminal opens.

    One weird thing though. A few days ago the time on the clock of my Mac changed. It was hours different from the actual time. But today, same day my Logic Pro disappeared, my clock changed back to the correct time.

    Has this occurred to anyone here? Is there a way to fix this? I don't have Time Machine enables so I guess that's not an option.
    I hope my app returns tomorrow though.

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That makes no sense at all, did you go to the applications forum in terminal to see if the actual .app was present. The application is stored on your drive, if it disappears i.e., not on the drive anyone, it cannot reappear.

    What may have happened is something odd occurring with Finder, or how it was presenting the window.

    Maybe in an odd twist your drive is having issues, did you run a diagnostic on it?
  3. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    I'd run "Verify Disk" in Disk Utility immediately.
  4. Porkplan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2014
    Okay so the app that I mentioned that was missing in this thread eventually appeared hours after i posted this. (i had to do a few restarts)

    Now (a few days later), it's gone again. I'll try what you suggested. Thanks for your answers :)
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP asked above:
    [[ How come applications are suddenly missing? (but strangely, they reappear) ]]

    Could you tell us where they are missing from?

    Are the apps in question still in your Applications folder?

    Do you use more than one drive?

    Next time you click on a Logic document to open it, and terminal opens instead, try this:
    1. RIGHT click on the document and keep the button held down
    2. Move the pointer over "Open With" and examine the choices that are offered to you
    3. Do you see "Logic" among them?

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