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

Posted:
in Genius Bar edited January 2014
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?

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 15
    Do you have multiple copies installed? Perhaps on multiple drives?
  • Reply 2 of 15
    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!
  • Reply 3 of 15
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,221member
    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?
  • Reply 4 of 15
    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 :-(
  • Reply 5 of 15
    alcimedesalcimedes Posts: 5,486member
    take a screen grab of it. i'd like to see what it is doing exactly.
  • Reply 6 of 15
    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.)
  • Reply 7 of 15
    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.
  • Reply 8 of 15
    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.
  • Reply 9 of 15
    ibrowseibrowse Posts: 1,749member
    The other 'fix all' that comes to mind would be repairing permissions, but my first guess would have been the cache.
  • Reply 10 of 15
    ringoringo Posts: 328member
    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.
  • Reply 11 of 15
    Perhaps you have a folder of aliases that's causing it? Maybe a recent items or favorites type folder?
  • Reply 12 of 15
    Repaired permissions, fsck-ed the disks.

    No aliases (except those that Panther manages itself).
  • Reply 13 of 15
    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.



  • Reply 14 of 15
    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.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    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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