Terminal error in Snow Leopard

Discussion in 'Mac Programming' started by martynmc7, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. martynmc7 macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    Hi guys,

    Every time I write the 'say hello' command into Terminal in 10.6.1 it comes up with the following error:

    "Error loading /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/Hear.plugin/Contents/MacOS/Hear: dlopen(/Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/Hear.plugin/Contents/MacOS/Hear, 262): no suitable image found. Did find:
    /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/Hear.plugin/Contents/MacOS/Hear: no matching architecture in universal wrapper
    2009-09-17 00:02:42.667 say[2967:903] Cannot find function pointer MyCFPlugInFactory for factory 8368FFAB-0147-4692-97ED-4D50A2483C6C in CFBundle/CFPlugIn 0x100153330 </Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/Hear.plugin> (bundle, not loaded)"

    The command does execute, so on the face of it it works, I just wanted to know whether I have any corrupt files I need to sort out and what's causing this error.
  2. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    You have an audio plugin,


    that doesn't seem to contain code for the architecture you're running. I'm going to guess you have an Intel-based Mac of some kind, and it's 64-bit capable.

    The Hear.plugin is probably something you installed, or something that was installed as part of some other component you installed. I'm guessing this is so because I don't see a Hear.plugin on my Core 2 Duo Mac mini (not the 2009 model). However, it could be part of some builtin component, depending on what Mac model you have.

    You can confirm the architectures in the Hear.plugin using this command-line:
    file /Library/Audio/Plug-Ins/HAL/Hear.plugin/Contents/MacOS/Hear
    If you can't make sense of the output, copy and paste it in a reply.
  3. martynmc7 thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2008
    Oh right, I didn't even realise I'd installed anything of the such. I'll do some research and see if this is part of anything I use regularly, if not I'll delete it.

    Thanks for the reply :)
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
    Sailing beyond the sunset
    I did the obvious thing, Google hear.plugin, and it appears to be this product:


    There are posts on other forums about it crashing Skype.



    I suggest googling it yourself and reading what comes up.

    A common troubleshooting technique is to paste a line or so of text from the error message into google search terms. If anyone else has posted or replied on any other forum, and they often do, then it will find the other replies.

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