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Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2011 9:21 AM (in response to Frustrated Dylan)When I originally encountered the problem (and it looks to be the same for
ncsmith4 as well) it was on 10.6.6 - so... if nothing else, it's "good" to know not to try it with 10.6.7 as it's not yet been fixed. Seems it's something more nuanced than just the OS version though. :-/Mac Pro (early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2011 3:35 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)To save the other two of you the trouble, I went ahead and indulged our collective curiosity when I saw an update to Xcode on the App Store earlier today. This makes for a an OS X update to 10.6.7 and an Xcode update to 4.0.1 since I first tried to install Xcode a week or so back.
And no... it again, crashed my system with the identical symptoms as before. I saw that there'd been an update to the installer as a release note of the new Xcode, but it's definitely not an update that resolves the issue we're all facing. I'm now going through a third reinstall from backup since I first attempted to install Xcode on my Mac Pro, but I knew I had to give it a shot despite the vague release notes, simply so we'd all know if it would work or not. Hopefully, I'll save the rest of you the trouble as well.
OH, and to appease an earlier poster: I did indeed shut down ALL other apps while installing it this time. That's definitively not the issue.
Apple... are you out there? Do you know about this? Are you working on this? Should we give up? Drop us a line. Kthanxbai!Mac Pro (early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 25, 2011 3:43 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)Thanks for the heads-up DJ!
I've contacted Apple's phone support, they said that they couldn't do anything because XCode falls under the Developer umbrella, and is not under the standard support. I've reported it to Developer support as well: http://developer.apple.com/contact/
I've also tried the AppStore support site, but haven't heard anything back. I figure the more people report the issue, the more likely they are going to treat it as the major issue that it is.
Message was edited by: Frustrated DylanMacBook Pro i7, Mac OS X (10.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 26, 2011 7:41 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)So same thing happened to me. Also on an iMac, which took some recovering with help from the genius Bar as I could nor get to my hard disk after the fairly complete deletion of files during the install
So I grabbed the old macbook (2.4 Intel Core 2 Duo 2GB) and recapitulated the problem wiping out the operating system, this time could recover the computer using a USB on which I had installed a bootable version of OS X (neat trick learned from http://macs.about.com/od/diyguidesprojects/ss/usbflash.htm) that enabled me to fire up disk utilities which saw the macbook HD
So have 2 clean OS X 10.6 installs on the computers and wondering about my next moveiMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2011 7:15 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)I downloaded and reinstalled on the Macbook (10.6.7) version 4.01 of Xcode. It installed fine and runs. This was a clean system install, from disk updated through software update but no other software installed not even iLife. Only what comes with the OS X direct install.
Positive about my experience on the Macbook, went ahead and repeated the process on the iMac (10.6.6) and trashed the system again and cannot recover, off the Genius Bar again, The obvious differences are 10.6.7 vs 10.6.6 and also the iMac was full of other software, documents ....
Next move is to try and install on a clean system on the iMac before recovering all the other software, will do this at the Genius Bar.iMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 27, 2011 2:08 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)Back from Genius bar, reinstalled OS X 10.6.7 keeping all my information but all Apps were deleted unless part of the OS X package. In this configuration Xcode 4 installed fine. Have load all my apps back onto the iMac and everything is fine.
So it could be 10.6.7 vs 10.6.6
Ben at the Genius Bar lived up to the nameiMac 27", Mac OS X (10.6.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 28, 2011 8:45 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)I was able to resolve this issue, but I can't say for certain which of the 2 things I did differently solved the issue.
1. Replaced the hardware: Because of the disk errors I was getting in the disk utility after the drive was deleted, I took the MacBook Pro back to the Apple Store and had it replaced.
2. I downloaded and installed XCode 4 from the developer site (costs $100 if you're not already a developer).
I suspect that the issue was solved by installing the developer site XCode download because it's a .pkg file, rather than an .app file. I think because the app is installed in the Applications directory, that it had different privileges and path than the .pkg install.MacBook Pro i7, Mac OS X (10.6)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 29, 2011 12:31 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2011 8:43 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)Happened to me today - four 1T drives, including my back ups, mostly full and now not a single file is recognized. Apple support sent me to the local Genius Bar and they suggested Data Rescue 3. So far no luck with that.power Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2011 8:52 PM (in response to mac llama)Wow.... that's incredible. That's the fear I had when I would to the hard shut downs upon noticing files disappearing - specifically that it would spread to other drives and start destroying backups and (as a professional photographer) peoples wedding photos on my photography drives. This is a scary bug.
Also, I've been busy (out there shooting more of those client weddings this past weekend) but I've been keeping up... I noticed someone mention they didn't think it happened on 10.6.7 even though it had happened to me earlier on 10.6.7... so that's out, sadly. It didn't get fixed in the latest version of OS X. Promise.
A later post found that the problem doesn't reoccur when downloading and installing Xcode from the Developer site. Something that makes sense if the installer is different from what the App Store provides (and it seems it is).
So it seems isolated to the App Store version of Xcode. I've had a nagging curiosity to see what would happen if I were to create a fresh, new user account and install it on that. But I really just don't feel like taking the chance of having to restore from backup again (particularly after hearing this latest horror story from mac llama). Yeesh.Mac Pro (early 2009), Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 30, 2011 8:53 PM (in response to mac llama)Yep. It effed my terabyte hard drive too. Thank GOD it didn't delete my Time Machine too. Apple, is there any fix? So sad to lose all that data. :-/Unibody MacBook Pro 15" / iPhone 3G S, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Currently Being ModeratedMar 31, 2011 1:58 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)I had the exact same problem. It has taken me almost 3 days to get everything back on track. I've been using MACs since the start, and this is the first time in 20 years that I have had a total system wipe. Lets just say I'm not very happy. System still seems to be very clunky. Have Apple made a statement on this yet?MacBook Pro i7 PowerBook G4 iPhone4, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 1, 2011 4:15 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)I've had exactly the same problem, twice!
The first time it happened, I thought it was a hard drive failure, so did Apple Care and the drive was swapped out for a new one. I got it back, restored from my back up and everything was fine. Went to reinstall Xcode4, same thing happened, icons and apps disappeared, I thought this was the 2nd drive to fail. Apple Care took this very seriously, sent it for a priority repair, this time they were able to reinstall the OS, said the user data was gone, but everything checked out fine. Engineer thought it was a software issue, I mentioned Xcode4, he hadn't heard anything about it.
Machine came back, restored from Time Machine via Migration Assistant again. When it finished, had a number "1" added to the name of my Home Folder and loads of permissions issues, iDisk, system folders, iPhoto, all needed sorting.
Possibly a side issue, but couldn't boot from a commercially purchased Install DVD. DVD drive could read it, I could run access everything while booted up normally, system could see it was a bootable disk, but when I tried to boot from it (every possible way), the DVD would spin a bit and then stop and I would be stuck on the Apple Logo boot screen.
Spent nearly an hour on the phone with Apple Care, guy was patient and helpful, but couldn't repair permissions or boot from the DVD, even tried cloning the DVD to a flash drive. System saw it was bootable, even in Start Up Disk System Prefs, but couldn't get it to boot. Apple guy thought it might be a problem with my DVD copy, corrupted data or something, which would prevent the original DVD and cloned flash drive from working. He's sending me a replacement copy, which will take a week to arrive. He may be right because I can read other DVDs and can even read the install DVD to a point, just can't boot off it. Will try new disk, if it doesn't work, could be trip 3 to the repair shop.
Still needed to repair permissions while boot volume wasn't mounted, so spent 4 hours cloning my drive to an external HD with SuperDuper. It worked, was able to boot from it and repair the remaining permissions that needed fixing. Rebooted from the internal drive and all is good.
Once I get the DVD issue diagnosed, I will phone Apple Care again, my case is still open. Will point out this thread and make the impress upon them as strongly as possible that I believe all of my issues are down to Xcode 4, they have paid for 2 expensive repairs (including courier collection and delivery) that would not have been required if the Xcode 4 installation didn't kill my iMac.
I've spent nearly 3 weeks dealing with this, while not having my iMac. I am still very upset about it. Commiserations to anyone who has had to deal with this very annoying, depressing problem.1.8Mhz G5 iMac w/2 gb ram and internal HD, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 7, 2011 4:36 PM (in response to D.J. Glisten)I've had this happen twice, once with Xcode 4.0 and once with 4.0.1
Both times, it got about 50% through the install (download went fine) when it gave an error message about deleting files in the application support folder in Library (Steam was involved in the second case). I told it not to delete the files, and then it hung. Left for 12+ hours and it was frozen, force quit wouldn't work.
Had to restart, and it killed the system folder (question mark on start up, drive listed as empty once I booted). Booted from Snow Leopard disk and tried to reinstall via Time Machine. 2 attempts, both failed (one an hour before the install started, the other 6 hours). Had to reboot from clone (3 weeks old) made with Superduper! and then use Time Machine to restore the User directories. Fortunately worked okay.
Next attempt with 4.0.1 I'd learned my lesson and I made a fresh bootable clone with Superduper straight before the install. It locked up the same and I reinstalled from the clone.
Wondering how I get this (MAS sourced) app installed.
DomiMac 24" 2.8GHz / Macbook Al 2.4GHz / iPad 64Gb Wifi / Powerbook G4 12" 1.5GHz, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iOS 4.3.1 / PB OS X (10.4.11)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 8, 2011 10:56 AM (in response to D.J. Glisten)Same problem happened here. System up to date, new Xcode install via App Store. Froze half way through, had to reboot, which resulted in flashing question mark.
Restored system via Time Machine (which actually worked quite nicely) - However, App Store no longer launches; just bounces in the dock for a few seconds, but that's it - I've tried the various possible fixes (fsck, cache and prefs, permissions, etc) but nothing has worked.
Very frustrating! From reading this thread, it looks like I'm almost lucky that the App Store isn't launching, because I would have tried Xcode again, to another system delete!Mac OS X (10.6.7)