misbehaving applications and update_prebinding in Mac OS X

If applications on your Mac are misbehaving, and a fix is elusive, try this:

  1. use Disk Utility to verify your disks
  2. launch Terminal
  3. quit from all other applications
  4. at the command line, run the following command
  5. sudo update_prebinding -force -root /

  6. whilst that command runs, be very patient
  7. whilst waiting for the command to complete, do absolutely nothing — it’s essential to not touch your Mac until after the run is complete
  8. any errors presented during the run are typically negligible, but if you like you can take a note of them after the event.

Credit to Unsanity for casting light on related issues.

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