package icon pops up in the dock for no apparent reason

Discussion in 'macOS' started by splatt, Jan 9, 2012.

  1. splatt macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2009
    Hi All,

    Every once in a while I'll see the little package icon (the brown box with a green bit on the top) pop up in the dock just to the left of the resize stripe area.

    It always disappears before I can get the mouse down there to see what it is.

    Are there any logs of recently installed or accessed files I could check to see what this is? As far as I can tell there's nothing I'm doing that should cause it to happen but I seem to notice it every few days.
  2. SplicedBanjo macrumors regular

    Dec 13, 2011
    I'm just guessing here, but maybe you have an app in the Dock that is stored as a package on disk (most apps are). If for some reason there is a slight lag in loading the app's custom icon, it is conceivable that the generic package icon might pop up in the meantime.

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