what's this file?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by btc, Jan 20, 2007.

  1. btc macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    my G4 recently crashed. it was one of those dimmed screen types with the message telling me to restart by pushing and holding the start key, etc., and of course it never restarts and i have to do a hard restart.

    afterwards a file called "mds-crash-state" appeared on my hard drive. Nothing seems to open it. what is it and can I safely trash it?


  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    According to info found over at Apple, that is a file that is generated if Spotlight crashes. It should be safe to trash (even if you may have to provide your admin password to be allowed to do so).
  3. btc thread starter macrumors member

    Jan 29, 2006
    thanks for the help. i appreciate it. it does require an admin password which is wht i was reluctant to trash it.


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