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"open with ..." menu show apps multiple times! how to fix?

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
If I right-click (or ctrl-click) for example on a .JPG file and go to the "open with" menu I see certain apps listed more than once (e. g. Safari, MSIE, QuickTime ...).

How come?
And how do I fix this (e. g. delete whoch prefs file or what internal DB?
post #2 of 16
Do you have multiple copies installed? Perhaps on multiple drives?
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Brad
Do you have multiple copies installed? Perhaps on multiple drives?

Nope!
There is not even a classic version of MSIE on the system!
post #4 of 16
Quote:
Originally posted by BNOYHTUAWB
Nope!
There is not even a classic version of MSIE on the system!

Does your computer see other Macs on the network?
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Mr. Me
Does your computer see other Macs on the network?

Nope!
Single Mac, single installation (7C107), Single install of all Apps etc.

... and BTW both items in the Menu work, so it's a mere cosmetical issue, exceot if it points to some sort of corrupion :-(
post #6 of 16
take a screen grab of it. i'd like to see what it is doing exactly.
post #7 of 16
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Quote:
Originally posted by alcimedes
take a screen grab of it. i'd like to see what it is doing exactly.

At your service Sir ...

(Sorry for the payload size of the shot, my tools are a bit lacking.)
post #8 of 16
I'd try all the generic fixes as listed in the Genius Bar FAQ. Delete your caches and then reboot being the biggest "fix all" that stands out in my mind.

Speaking of which, I'm moving this to the Genius Bar now.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by Brad
I'd try all the generic fixes as listed in the Genius Bar FAQ. Delete your caches and then reboot being the biggest "fix all" that stands out in my mind.

Speaking of which, I'm moving this to the Genius Bar now.

After deleting everything is ~/Library/Caches the issue persists.
post #10 of 16
The other 'fix all' that comes to mind would be repairing permissions, but my first guess would have been the cache.
post #11 of 16
Quote:
Originally posted by iBrowse
The other 'fix all' that comes to mind would be repairing permissions, but my first guess would have been the cache.

I don't see how repairing permissions could possibly fix this, but you never know.

Now that I think of it, I think I've seen that happen on my computer too. Time for an investigation.
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post #12 of 16
Perhaps you have a folder of aliases that's causing it? Maybe a recent items or favorites type folder?
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Repaired permissions, fsck-ed the disks.
No aliases (except those that Panther manages itself).
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
Code:


/System/Library/Frameworks/ApplicationServices.framework/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Support/lsregister -kill -r -domain local -domain system -domain user



What is lsregister?
Quote:
lsregister: [OPTIONS] [-domain { system | local | user | network }]... [path]...Search the paths for application bundles and add each found item to the Launch
Services database. For domain specifications, ask CF for the list of application
locations in the given domain(s).

-kill Reset the global Launch Services database before doing anything else
-lint Print information about plist errors while registering bundles
-convert Register apps found in older LS database files
-load Load the LaunchServices service plugin if it's not already loaded.
-lazy n Sleep for n seconds before registering apps if the local cache
is aleady populated.
-r Recursively register directory contents, do not recurse into
packages or invisible directories.
-R Recursively register directory contents, including the contents
of packages and invisible directories.
-f force-update registration info even if mod date is unchanged
-v Display progress information.
-dump Display full database contents after registration.
-h Display this help.
post #15 of 16
Perhaps you did a system upgrade by the Archive and Install method. This puts some of the previous versions of apps in the Previous Systems folder before installing new versions.

Look for Previous Systems on your main hard drive.

Alternatively, just search for some of the twice appearing apps and see where they are.
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post #16 of 16
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally posted by neutrino23
Perhaps you did a system upgrade by the Archive and Install method. This puts some of the previous versions of apps in the Previous Systems folder before installing new versions.

Look for Previous Systems on your main hard drive.

Alternatively, just search for some of the twice appearing apps and see where they are.

lsregister fixed it!
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