Strange folder crashes...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by whyrichard, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. whyrichard macrumors 68000

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    Hey,


    I have an old folder with files dating back for about ten years.... just recently i noticed that when i try to open the folder in finder it "crashes".... the window goes dark, the title bar disappears and reappears, the window closes.

    there are a bunch of files in there, of various types. but this problem only had begun to happen. how do i begin diagnosing the problem?


    thanks,
    r.
     
  2. gusious macrumors 65816

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    What kind of OSX are you using?

    Is some type of your stuff in there too old?I mean having an extension that's not used anymore.
     
  3. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    everything is up to date on my computer.

    ... and the folder consists of mostly text files, with some random images and various other types... really nothing too strange...


    i did a repair permissions... same thing...

    what else can i do to this folder?

    thanks,
    r.
     
  4. gusious macrumors 65816

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    This may sound stupid but try to create a new folder and move all of your stuff in there.
     
  5. hiddenpremise macrumors regular

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    Richard try going to the command line and navigating to that folder if it is located at "/Users/richard/my folder"

    iRich:~ richard$ cd "/Users/richard/my folder"
    iRich:~ richard$ ls -a

    That should provide a listing of the contents
    If that works the try individually moving files via the command line

    iRich:~ richard$ mv "/Users/richard/my folder/my file" "/Users/richard/new location/my file"
     
  6. whyrichard thread starter macrumors 68000

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    thanks for your help... but problems persist...

    i tried copying the folder to the desktop, and duplicating it back... no avail... in list view the finder crashes... however i can see the folder in icon view...!

    very strange.


    ...
     
  7. hiddenpremise macrumors regular

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    k I got a random stab at the problem. go into command line and navigate to your folder
    iRich:~ richard$ cd "/Users/richard/my folder"
    Then remove the .DS_Store file
    Try
    iRich:~ richard$ rm .DS_Store
    if that does not work then try
    iRich:~ richard$ sudo rm .DS_Store

    Maybe this well help
     
  8. jodelli macrumors 65816

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    Try using File>Find>(some file name that's in the folder) from the Finder. If the file is still accessible it will show up there with the path to it.
    Try Spotlight as well, and click on any file name that's from that folder to see if it opens.
     

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