Some applications appear as folders - can't launch app

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cricketbird, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. cricketbird macrumors member

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    Two of my applications (Disk Utility and Activity Monitor) now look like folders with those same names. When I double-click on them to open, it just opens the application bundle and I see the Contents folder inside.

    How can I get them back to being applications and not folders?
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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  3. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks, but I *have* googled it, and tried various suggestions (removed preference files, restarted, I didn't remove my user directory because there's no problem with it, and I didn't mess with the name to cause this problem).

    Any other suggestions?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Have you tried renaming the folder - adding .app onto the end?

    I can't verfiy if will work or not as I'm on my BB right now.
     
  5. Consultant macrumors G5

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    No you did not search, quick skim shows terminal command to bless the folder again.
     
  6. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

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  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Wow! That was a complete guess, since I've been away from my Mac since Fri.

    Anyway, I'm glad it worked.
     

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